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FRUMToronto Articles Special Prayers

There are times throughout the year where it is an especially powerful time to daven, or there is a time in someone’s life where they need a special prayer said.


SHEMA project on first night Chanukah
On the first night of Chanukah, after lighting the Chanukah menorah and followed by the Shabbat candles, Jews in many communities will stand with their families and friends, and recite the Shema Yisrael prayer. It may also be recited at the ensuing Shabbat dinner after the blessing on the wine (Kiddush). The first night of Chanukah is Friday night, Dec. 15, 2006 (25 Kislev). The effort is coordinated by the Chicago-based Shema Yisrael Now committee, after consultation with rabbinic authorities and a Gadol Ba'Torah. Joining in unity with Jews around the world is of paramount importance in our turbulent times. The Chanukah night Shema effort is a statement of that unity. As Jews in numerous communities confront anti-Semitism and threats, it is all the more important to make a statement that we will stand together as a united community. The power of spiritual light which bursts forth on Chanukah, along with the powerful unity of the Jewish people reciting our most basic prayer, the Shema, can help bring protection for the Jewish people during these troubling times. The basic Shema prayer that many will recite on the first night of Chanukah is comprised of six words: Shema Yis-ra-el A-do-noi E-lo-hei-nu A-d-noi E-chad Translation: Hear, Israel, Hashem is (now) our G-d, Hashem is the One and Only. This is followed by the whispered recital of the following six holy words: Baruch Shem Kevod Malchuso LeOlam Va'ed Blessed is the Name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity. This refers to our silent aspiration that the entire world should soon recognize G-d's kingship over the world. The Shema Yisrael Now committee's mission is to raise awareness of the Shema Yisrael prayer and its protective power for the Jewish people. It encourages all Jews to recite the Shema twice a day, on rising in the morning and on retiring at night. All members of the Jewish community are encouraged to increase their concentration (kavana) when reciting the Shema prayer and to speak to co-workers, neighbors, friends and extended family members about joining the Shema effort. More information on the Shema Yisrael Now committee and its projects may be found [link=http://www.skokiekollel.org/shema]by clicking here.[/link] .


Posted 12/12/2006 12:00 AM | Tell a Friend | Special Prayers





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