Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The blessings before and after Shema


The siddur contains blessings which precede and follow the Shema, both morning and evening. These blessings are recorded in the Talmud itself. In truth, one who recites Shema without these blessings has fulfilled his obligation to recite Shema, but this is not the ideal format.

The blessings build up themes which relate to the Shema, and these blessings were composed specifically for recitation with Shema. As such, a person who recited Shema earlier would still, upon reaching this point in the service, read the Shema again along with its blessings; without it the blessings would lose their meaning and function.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 60:2)

Have a great day,

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