Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Enunciation of Shema


It is important to realize that the mitzvah of reading Shema is to recite the verses of Shema, as they appear in the Torah. Therefore, the ideal is to take great care to separate each word and enunciate clearly. This is especially important with words which tend to run together. Some are even careful to read the verses with the notes (trope) used to read the weekly Torah portion, although this is not obligatory.

Of course, one who is not capable of reciting these words in the Hebrew should still recite them in English until he manages to learn the Hebrew.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 61:14-24)

Have a great day,

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