Question - What does the Shema prayer mean?

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ad: "Hear, O Israel: the LORD is our God, the LORD is One. Shema. She·ma. a declaration of the basic principle of Jewish belief, proclaiming the absolute unity of God. Origin of Shema. from Classical Hebrew (language) shma from shma yisroel, Hear, O Israel (the opening words): see Deuteronomy 6:4-9. The Shema is regarded by many Jews as the most important prayer in Judaism. This is because it reminds them of the key principle of the faith - there is only one God. This is a monotheistic principle. This part of the Shema is taken from the Torah : Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. It means 'to judge oneself' and underlines the purpose of prayer for Jews. Prayer allows Jews to look deep within themselves at their role in the universe and their relationship with God. The most important prayer is the Shema. They wear tefillin when they pray as a symbol of the commandments. ? ; "Hear, O Israel") is a Jewish prayer, and is also the first two words of a section of the Torah, and is the title (better known as The Shema) of a prayer that serves as a centerpiece of the morning and evening Jewish prayer services.

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15:7-41) is the most ancient Jewish prayer that can be found in the Torah. It affirms that there is only one God. The Shema says that God is personal and demands love from Jews with every aspect of their being.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mezuzah

Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha'olam, asher qideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu liqboa' mezuzah. Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who sanctified us with His mitzvot, and commanded us to affix a mezuzah.

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In prayer, Christians lift their minds and hearts to God. There are many different kinds of prayer, including: adoration - praising God for his greatness and admitting dependence on him. confession - owning up to sin and asking for God's mercy and forgiveness.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitzvah

In its secondary meaning, Hebrew mitzvah, as with English "commandment", refers to a moral deed performed within a religious duty. As such, the term mitzvah has also come to express an individual act of human kindness in keeping with the law. The tertiary meaning of mitzvah also refers to the fulfillment of a mitzvah.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synagogue

Synagogues are consecrated spaces used for the purpose of prayer, reading of the Tanakh (the entire Hebrew Bible, including the Torah), study and assembly; however, a synagogue is not necessary for worship. Halakha holds that communal Jewish worship can be carried out wherever ten Jews (a minyan) assemble.

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The Amidah (Hebrew:???????????, Tefilat HaAmidah, "The Standing Prayer"), also called the Shemoneh Esreh (???????? ), is the central prayer of the Jewish liturgy. Observant Jews recite the Amidah at each of three prayer services in a typical weekday: morning, afternoon, and evening.

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tallitot [taliˈtot], talleisim, tallism in Ashkenazic Hebrew and Yiddish;? ālēth/? elāyōth in Tiberian Hebrew) is a fringed garment, traditionally worn as a prayer shawl by religious Jews. The tallit has special twined and knotted fringes known as tzitzit attached to its four corners.

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The Torah tells parents to teach their children about Judaism and their duties as Jews. Most Jewish parents want to raise their children to be a mensch, meaning a kind, responsible and honourable person. Parents are expected to feed, clothe and educate their children and encourage them to support themselves.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tzitzit

Definition of tzitzit. : the fringes or tassels worn on traditional or ceremonial garments by Jewish males as reminders of the commandments of Deuteronomy 22:12 and Numbers 15:37–41.

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Hindu worship is primarily an individual act rather than a communal one, as it involves making personal offerings to the deity. Worshippers repeat the names of their favourite gods and goddesses, and repeat mantras. Water, fruit, flowers and incense are offered to god.

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It is intended to fulfill the Torah's instructions to keep as a "sign" and "remembrance" of the Exodus, signifying that God brought the children of Israel out of Ancient Egypt. The biblical verses often cited as referring to tefillin are obscure.