Vaeschanan – Making Him King

What is the concept of ‘Krias Shema’ – the reading of Shema? Can we also apply the other meaning of kriah – calling? Why is it important to say the words carefully? Who are we calling to when we say ‘Hear O Israel’ – ourselves? The people of Israel as a whole? How does this verse represent the concept of proclaiming Hashem as our King? What is the depth behind the midrash’s teaching that Hashem prefaced the ten commandments with the words ‘Shema Yisrael’ – Hear O Israel? What was behind the Jewish people’s response that ‘Hashem our God, Hashem is One?’ Why did Moshe respond to this by saying ‘baruch Shem’ – ‘blessed is the Name?’ Why do we say this very line on Yom Kippur when the Kohen Gadol announces Hashem’s name in the Beis Hamikdash?

Find out in this week’s parsha podcast.

Running time: 23:35

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