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Jew on the Waves of Fate

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Shema – שמע

We have a prayer (we have many prayers)

but this prayer, this quintessential standard

this “call to action” or “call to awareness”

this singular seemingly simple song

emphasizes singularity, defies simplicity

We say it loud or under our breath

Quick or drawn out

With our eyes open or our heads turned down

Communities have fractured over whether we should stand or sit

Why are we surprised when we are told to say it

only when we rise up and when we lie down

only when we come and when we go

This is a mantra that focuses us and should leave us awed

שמע ישראל יי אלהינו יי אחד

These words define our past and prepare us for the paths ahead

ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד

-Ronin A. Davis

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