As I sat here wondering what my first post should say, the idea of saying the Sh’ma came to mind. What better a way to begin this journal than with the entire Torah summarized by the two greatest commands:

Shma  Yisra’el:  YHWH  Eloheinu,  YHWH  echad!
Baruch  shem  kevod  malchuto  l’olam va’ed.
V’ahavta  et  YHWH  Elohecha,  b’chol  l’vav’cha,  uv’chol  naf’sh’cha,
uv’chol  m’odecha.
V’hayu  had’varim  ha’eleh,  asher  Anochi  m’tzav’cha  hayom,  ahl  l’va-vecha,
v’she-nan-tam  l’vanecha  v’debarta  bahm,  b’shiv’t’cha  b’vay’techa
uv’lech-t’cha  vaderech,  uv’shoch’b’cha  uv’kumecha,
uk’shartam  l’ot  ahl  ya’decha,  v’hayu  l’to-tafot  bayn  aynecha.
Uch’tavtam  ahl  m’zuzot  baytecha,  u’visharecha.
V’ahavta  lerei’acha  kamocha.

Hear O Israel: YHWH our Elohim, YHWH is one!
Blessed is the Name of His esteemed Sovereignty forever and ever.
And you shall love YHWH your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being,
and with all your might.
And these Words which I am commanding you today shall be in your heart,
and you shall impress them upon your children, and shall speak of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up,
and shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.

The Sh’ma can be found in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 6:4-9 with the last line coming from Mark 12:31. In Mark we see that Yahushuah summarizes the entire Torah in two commands (Mark 12:28-31). If we were to simply follow these two commands how much better would our lives be?

Please forgive me if my transliteration is a little off. I am falling in love with the Hebrew language and have a great desire to use it whenever possible but I am very new to my studies. I had heard from others that transliteration is more of an art than a science. Hopefully my artwork is easy on your eyes!

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