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The Shema - Part Three (Vaiyomer)

Vaiyomer -

Part Three of the Shema in Hebrew

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Yaiyomer: the Third Passage

The third part of the Shema is from Numbers 15:37-41 and concerns the use of the tallit, a rectangular prayer shawl with four fringes (called tzitzit). One tzitzit is attached to each corner of the tallit. The reason for wearing the tzitzit is to remind oneself to observe all of the commandments of the Lord:

Numbers 15:37-41 (BHS)

Transliteration:  Vaiyomer Adonai el-Moshe leimor. dabeir el-benei yisrael ve'amarta aleihem ve'asu lahem tzitzit al-kanfei vigdeihem ledorotam venatnu al-tzitzit hakanad petil tekheilet.  vehayah lakhem letzitzit u'ritem oto uz'khartem et-kol-mitzvot Adonai va'asitem otam velo-taturu acharei levavkhem ve'acharei einiekhem asher-atem zonim achareihem. lema'an tizkeru va'asitem el-kol-mitzvotai vihtitem kedoshim leiloheikhem. ani Adonai eloheikhem asher hotzeiti atkhem mei'eretz mitzraim liyot lakhem leilohim ani Adonai eloheikhem.

Translation:  THE LORD SAID to Moses, "Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a cord of blue on the tassel of each corner. And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after. So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I am the LORD your God."

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