4Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. 7Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.8Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, 9and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, NRSV)
This is a very important passage of scripture for Jews. This is known as the Shema and is used as the central prayer for morning and evening prayer so this is prayed twice daily. It is also on a scroll that Jews will place in each doorway as to bless their homes. As it says in the passage, “write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates”
This is also a pivotal verse for Christians because it tells us God is one and we are to love God, which Jesus quotes as the greatest commandment.
We should share this faith and keep it close to us.
Here is a link to hear the Shema prayed in it’s original Hebrew.