Sunday, June 12, 2016

Words Are Important

Count each day, forty-nine days of waiting, forty-nine days to prepare for the giving of the tablets, for the giving of the Torah, forty-nine days to wait for the harvesting of wheat, forty-nine days until God revealed Himself and etched the Ten Commandments at Sinai

We don't change the words of the commandments to make them comfortable, easier to do, a smoother fit

We don't eliminate, modify, expunge some words because they chafe

So to...

The Sh'ma is commanded in the Torah and recited twice a day by believers
Six words begin the recitation

Sh'ma Yisra'eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad
Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one

It is said that at the inquisition and in the Nazi gas chambers, those six words were recited  , were heard

We don't alter the words to make them fit the trinity.
One, echad in Hebrew may also imply unity in diversity.  The Tabernacle and all its parts are constructed so that "it shall be (echad), one tabernacle.


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