Hear O Israel

Understanding the wisdom of Judaism's most important prayer. An Aish.com Film

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Comments (146)

(142) Bati Gilbert, July 23, 2021 8:53 AM

Shema is the most powerful payer bc we remind ourselves hashem is the creator and he has a purpose for everyone

I love this idea bc it proves we never alone and hashem has a plan for all of us

(141) Jerry Clay, April 14, 2021 8:40 PM

Shema as my Mantra in meditation

I am just discovering meditation. In looking for a mantra I decided to use the Shema. I am wondering if anyone else has had experience seeing using the Shema as a mantra? I would like to correspond with others who are on a similar path.
I am an 80-year-old lawyer in Honolulu still practicing law. Would anyone else like to correspond with me?

(140) Bob Jones, June 8, 2019 4:45 PM


I just today discovered you teachings and so happy that I did. You have insight and a special gift of delivery. Blessings and Happy Shavuot!

(139) Imelda Pearce, July 21, 2016 4:24 PM

now I understand better how the shma encapsulates my faith

I say the Shma every day, but I never thought much about it. Today I had an irresistible urge to understand what is actually means for God to be One. This dissemination of spiritual truth is by far the best use of the internet, which is so often used for corruption. Thanks, Charlie, for taking the pains to make sure we the people really get it! To be fair, I was led here by another article on AISH about the Shma.

(138) Jay m..Hoffman, February 1, 2016 5:56 PM

Viewing since 1997.

I thank G- D for you sir.

(137) Lisa, November 1, 2015 12:39 AM

We just have to internalize this message!

We all know about the intense meaning of the Shema....but now we have to " live it."

Thank you Charlie for all your inspirational words!!

Where were you when I was in high school....hopefully our kids hear these important & relavent messages!

(136) Anonymous, October 30, 2015 12:18 AM

You've done it again, helping to find the right meaning in things I knew ablut but didn't really understand. Thank you so much for helping us lead a fulfilled jewish life!

(135) d greenbaum, October 29, 2015 8:27 PM

non observient

Interesting site. Thank you

(134) Lauren Goldman, September 20, 2015 7:20 AM

The word hidden in the Shema.

When the ayin at the end of shema is combined with the dalet at the end of echad, it forms eid, 'witness'. When we say the Shema, we are witnessing the oneness of G-d.

L'shana tova.

(133) Eliyahu, November 19, 2014 9:50 PM

Something that has changed me FOREVER

This video presentation has given me a significant insight and inspiration to continue to love and appreciate my identity as a Jew!
I am so grateful to Aish and Mr. Harary for taking their precious time to share this with us.

(132) Faith, August 15, 2014 9:09 PM

Beautiful, beautiful video of a powerful subject, well explained, Thank you!!!

I have been very curious about the Sh'ma and more than anything now I want to learn it, internalise it and also teach it to my child because I agree with everything explained in the video. I have a 10-year old child - only -child and always felt the need to teach her and share with her something special that she can always remember, hold on to whether I am with her or not, I believe I have been guided to learn about this prayer, as someone from a Christian background, I am literally breathless with happiness, Thank you Lord.

(131) Rachel Ackerman, May 27, 2014 5:14 AM

awesome explanation

Thank you so much Mr. Harary for an awesome explanation that brings us back to having proper concentration and love love love for Has-hem when reciting the Shema prayer. It is so appreciated!

(130) Anonymous, February 16, 2014 6:02 PM

Your video's are comforting, to the point and hit home every single time. Your voice is filled with compassion and resonates truth. Thank you for the "light bulb" moments. Thank you for helping make sense out of the lowest points and the unclear moments in life!

(129) Mike, February 5, 2014 12:52 AM

Great Video

Thank you for this video. I never thought of the Shema that way. I appreciate the insight.

(128) Shary, January 28, 2014 10:59 PM

I love t video is an incredible significant

(127) Therese Gatchalian, July 12, 2013 6:39 AM

This is such a beautiful explanation!

This is a beautiful explanation of the meaning and significance of the Shema. Thank you

(126) Jeanne, May 13, 2013 4:42 AM

What an awesome explanation of the Shema I never understood until now.

Thank you for this deeper understanding of the Shema. It has blessed me even more with this teaching and understanding of it.

(125) Anonymous, April 3, 2013 5:21 AM

was feeling so empty I was getting to call the crisis hotline to seek a reason not to end it all. I had told a young Jewish brother that I would get him some information about the Shema. Of course I went straight to Aish.com and Behold, I found your video, which reminded me whose child I am and that there is still a purpose for MY lifeI will continue seeking it for another day. Thank You is not enough but it is what I can give. keep sharing. You never know how your message will affect a life. Shalom Shalom

(124) AUDREY TENDAM, January 13, 2013 3:55 PM

What a great message, thank you so much.

(123) Gina, January 8, 2013 2:50 AM

Beautiful and inspiring - just like the Shema. Thank you Aish!

(122) E. Franklin, January 6, 2013 10:59 PM

Shema all inclusive prayer.

This short film have a big impact. I understand the Shema in a greater light than ever before. Thank You.

(121) Greg, January 3, 2013 2:30 PM


This is what it is all about. Excellent job!

(120) David, January 2, 2013 11:56 AM

Highly inspirational, indeed!

(119) Rinah, January 2, 2013 5:35 AM

Warm impact

Just beautiful. Thank you! Bless you!

(118) ruth housman, January 1, 2013 11:35 PM

close to six thousand commentaries

I never thought I would be writing this much on line, and responding so constantly to articles on Aish and also Chabad, and responding to massive silence, over so much time. But I have to know, it is a story, I did not write, and that I am only receiving and sharing what I get. AV means Father in Hebrew and in English we have the aural equivalent which is, OF. And it is a word that connotes be longing and belonging. It is also a word contained by the very streets we walk, as in AVenues, and it is a word very much part of the genus, AVes for birds, and it is also, Jewish or not, in Ave Maria, and HAVE, and many words, across Babel. I am saying this is NOT random, and that the journey I have taken, that is already in print is powerful and that it is ALL of GOD. Hear the AWE itself in the word God. Now I can do this, constantly, and in so doing, and beyond, I am leading a totally visibly synchronous life. We're moving FAST into a new state of consciousness, and in saying this, here, I am Express sing myself as best I can. I believe I am now allowed to totally be heard, to go ALOUD.

(117) leo napoli, January 1, 2013 6:37 PM


(116) Naomi, January 1, 2013 5:09 PM


I am just spellbound by that magnificent presentation!!!-otherwise I would not be able to stop writing here....Thank You!!!!!!!!!!

(115) Lisa, December 30, 2012 1:11 PM

This is a home run!!

If I would have been taught this in high school....so much doubt would have come together.... Thanks Charlie.... This is an amazing slice of life !! Yasher Koach to you!!!

(114) Linda, July 31, 2012 1:53 PM

The One who made us, loves us more than a parent does. And "in Him we live and move and have our being".

(113) Marty mandel, July 31, 2012 12:10 PM

From theory to reality

I think that this is an awesome and inspirational video. However, the aspect that this video, and so many others like it is missing, is the required tools. I am well aware that I live each day spinning aimlessly in a circle without long term goals. My question is, how do I move beyond my insecurities, self-doubt, and fleeting fantasies so that I can devise a realistic plan and then set and strive for the smaller goals that will day bring me to my ultimate desire? I am not only spinning in circles, I am lost within that circle without much hope of finding a way out of it.

Dave Hunt, August 27, 2012 4:03 AM

Seek and you will find,

Open your eyes and look. Not at all those around you, or the situations facing you, Rather look to Ha Shem and see Him. Look upon He who gave all for you. It is only in Him that you will find what you are looking for. You must seek Him with all you have, even all your life. Do not look unto others, look unto Life Himself. I do not speak what is easy, or what I fully understand. I live in pain, all day, every day and there is no cure and little treatment. Hope sometimes seems lost, but then I hear "Hear oh Israel, Ha Shem is One" I think on Him and somehow find strength for One more day, One new Hope in One who sets me free. Then I can look and see others that are around me and the trials facing, but only after knowing the One who loves me. Seek and you will find.

leo napoli, January 1, 2013 6:41 PM

Seek and you will find

Dave, may G-D BLESS You indeed !

(112) Gregorio Nosovsky, July 31, 2012 4:18 AM

Shema Israel

Is so Jewish , you feel so close to Hashem by these powerful words.... Sherman Ysrael..... Our loving father.

(111) Brian Knight, July 31, 2012 3:07 AM


Powerful! I was lamenting that I never had a father who cared, planning that I would be a father who cared for my son, and now thanks to you, AGAIN KNOWING that there is always Hashem to guide me. Thank you and if there were a better word to express, that too when it’s invented.

(110) NF Melbourne Australia, July 8, 2012 12:55 AM


totally totally AMAZING!!!! wow wow wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) well done!

(109) Anonymous, June 14, 2012 7:31 AM

So true

(108) cg, May 29, 2012 12:49 PM

Shema... Yisrael... oh, wait. what was i saying?

from now on i am saying shema with feeling, knowing what the words mean. thank you charlie harary! :)

(107) Myron, May 22, 2012 3:42 PM

Using one's gifts

God gives talents and abilities to everyone as He wills. I am expected to use the talents God has given me but often I am not given the opportunity to show what I can do because of jealousy, influence, partiality, personal dislike, etc., by those with the power to give those opportunities, that is, beyond the basic expectations of the job. If I am then powerless, should I feel that I have let God down?

(106) Anonymous, April 26, 2012 2:21 AM



(105) Alana, March 17, 2012 3:43 AM


Thank you! Beautiful! Also thank you for the closed captioning! My husband is Deaf so every time a video is captioned...he is able to watch! So thank you for that as well!

(104) Diane, March 13, 2012 6:39 PM

Indeed there is a God and He does have a plan for each of us. Thank you for sharing Shema. Beautifully stated.

(103) Debra, March 10, 2012 4:55 PM


I love To learn more TRUTH! Thank you. Today I learned.

(102) Anonymous, March 7, 2012 9:47 AM

Nice Video!

Very nice! The metaphor with Your Dad, the CEO was very well done.

(101) Dick Stanley, March 5, 2012 9:53 AM

Really nice. Thanks.

(100) Sharon Langert, March 1, 2012 6:04 AM

Great video!

I feel so much better when I remember to say Shemah! Now I have a clearer understanding. Thanks!

(99) Pat, March 1, 2012 4:33 AM

Beautiful reminder of Gods love. Thank You.

(98) Debbie Litwack, February 29, 2012 3:30 AM

Superb Charlie!

One of your best!

(97) Batya, February 29, 2012 1:08 AM


Thank you so much for this wonderful video! Can't wait to share it with my friends and son. BEAUTIFUL!

(96) Anonymous, February 28, 2012 4:24 PM

Extremely Inspiring

Amazing presentation and extremely inspiring!! Thank you for making this accessible to the Jewish Deaf community by providing CC!!! Much continued success.

(95) serena, February 28, 2012 11:09 AM


so many wonderful things u learn in Shema Israel

(94) Caroline, February 27, 2012 6:50 PM


Beautiful video. Really inspiring and a great reminder and reconnecting for my practice of reciting the Shema. My only concern is that there weren't any people represented in the video who were not white men. Would have been nice to see some women and/or people of color. Would have felt more in line with unity and oneness. :) Great video nonetheless. Thanks!

(93) Anonymous, February 27, 2012 7:02 AM

im 38....for the first time in my life just realised that Shema Yisrael is not about all of israel but about me as well :)

(92) Stuart Gordon, February 26, 2012 3:12 PM

A most important observation

Another excellent presentation

(91) Anonymous, February 26, 2012 9:08 AM

That was soooo helpful! Thank you.

(90) David Naas, February 25, 2012 5:33 PM


More people need to see this. No, more people need to take it to heart. Here is the cure for all that ails the world. In a few words.

(89) Sha'ul~Naphtali, February 25, 2012 4:26 PM

A totally inspiring piece

Thank you for this reminder...it is so resfreshing and empowering - shalom!

(88) Anonymous, February 24, 2012 7:47 PM


The Devine One, is One, neither Dad or Mom but both and more. When we say the Lord is One, we leave out the Lady. Your case would have been better stated by using the word "Parent ," rather than "Dad." This leaving the Feminine out of the equation or saying she's included in under a general "he," is like the recent all male GOP panel making decisions concerning women's health.

Chavi, February 26, 2012 9:29 PM

Hello! G-d is our FATHER in Heaven! Please drop that feminism nonsense.

(87) Anonymous, February 24, 2012 7:37 PM

Everything is for a purpose and ojective. This gives me hope in hard and trying times. Thank You so much this is a timely word( a word in season).

(86) Dovid K, February 24, 2012 7:36 PM

a song I wrote

Very good piece! Here's something I wrote/recorded: In a world which holds so many things Where the lonely weep and children sing I wish I had wings As I step out on the wire. But through the dark of night and the light of day I shall not fall or lose my way As these words remain my pillar of fire. Sh’ma Yisrael, HaShem Elokaynu, HaShem Echad. Emet v'yatsiv, v'nachon v'kayam, v'yashar v'ne'eman V'ahoov v'chaviv, v'nechman v'na'im, v'nora v'adir U'm'tukan u'm'kubal, v'tov v'yafeh hadavar hazeh Aleinu l'olam va'ed.* * “True and certain, established and enduring, fair and faithful beloved and cherished, delightful and pleasant, awesome and powerful correct and accepted, good and beautiful is this affirmation to us forever and ever.”

(85) Ganor, February 24, 2012 7:03 PM

Oh My !

This message is a great reminder. It helps to recharge my batteries. Sometimes I forget......Thank you, Aish.

(84) Anonymous, February 24, 2012 4:23 PM


Thanks for the reminder:)

(83) Anonymous, February 24, 2012 3:45 PM

Thank you for adding captioning !!! My husband is deaf and often misses out on videos that are not captioned. I love your videos and hope you can keep captioning them so my husband and other deaf people can enjoy them too!!

(82) Barry Jacobs, February 24, 2012 3:23 PM


I got the chills when I saw the filem.. It is the essence of Judaism and of my soul, life, qand faith!

(81) Anonymous, February 24, 2012 10:02 AM

Great video!!!! Thank you so much

Great video!!!! Thank you so much

(80) Tony, February 24, 2012 7:43 AM


That simple.

(79) Inspired, February 24, 2012 3:38 AM


May G-d bless you for influencing so many souls, I was truly inspired by this.

(78) S.Levy, February 24, 2012 1:35 AM

Sing the Prayer

WOW....., maybe you should add the "Shemaa" as sung by Gilbert. It's worth it.

(77) Tzvi, February 24, 2012 12:43 AM


Great video. I'd love if aish would make more of these videos!!!!

(76) jose israel perdomo, February 24, 2012 12:36 AM

well done ...

(75) Anonymous, February 23, 2012 10:46 PM

Superbly done! Yaasher koach.

As above

(74) Linda Rivera, February 23, 2012 10:04 PM

Thank you so much for this reminder!

What a comfort and encouragement!

(73) Leonar Elkins, February 23, 2012 9:13 PM

So important to read and wrap our being with

Thank you so much for hlping me and others

(72) Anonymous, February 23, 2012 8:58 PM

Thank you.

So beautiful. Thank you for such rich encouragement.

(71) M. Cline, February 23, 2012 7:47 PM

Beautifullly put!

Kol HaKavod to Charlie for this reminder to us all.

(70) Babs, February 23, 2012 7:15 PM

You are so wright!

I listened from the first to the last word!

(69) queen israela, February 23, 2012 6:41 PM

Hashems Blessings on you Charlie

Charlie I would like to see more of these kind of spiritual messages from you on this site. If you arent a Rabbi you should be and our presentation of Hashems word is awesome and inspiring. Thank you and I will keep this video in a folder forever. Thanks again.

(68) Anonymous, February 23, 2012 6:37 PM

I am so touched my your enthusiasm and your love for G-d. I love the Lord and I get moved by other people who love G-d. May He continue growing you closer to Himself and reveal Himself to you in a deeper way.

(67) Manasseh, February 23, 2012 5:53 PM

Good Comparison

Good work Charlie Got two major points 1. G-D we have a ther son/daughter connection 1.G-D has control (CEO) over the universe and also minor things in our lives That is profound

(66) Anonymous, February 23, 2012 5:35 PM

just what I needed today

I am a Limudei Kodesh teacher and have taught this same message. Right now I am facing a nisayon and watching/hearing this was the chizuk I needed. Even if we know something its encouraging to hear it delivered in such an inspiring way. Thank you!

(65) Devorah, February 23, 2012 5:25 PM

I felt like i was going in circles.GOD answerd through this beautiful message.Thank You Charlie!!

(64) Fangyu, February 23, 2012 5:11 PM

Good stuff. Thanks Charlie:-)

Also, all transgressions in this world actually descent from two greatest sins. One is idolatry and the other is adultery. The Jewish prayer "Shema" already speaks very clearly: Hear O, Israel, HaShem is our G-d, HaShem is one. If going against "HaShem is our G-d", that is idolatry, if going against "HaShem is one", that is adultery. One simple Jewish prayer kills all sins, isn't that amazing? Judaism is forever!!!!!!!

(63) Kay Singer, February 23, 2012 4:54 PM


Thank you Charlie, I needed this message so much today. It spoke to a deep inner question of my heart that I had shared with no one, however, God knew exactly the words I needed to hear. You are a precious vessel.

(62) Anonymous, February 23, 2012 4:36 PM

Thank you

Thank you for remind me of this. It came in the right time

(61) Alaine, February 23, 2012 3:27 PM

Loved your message Charlie-will try to keep it always in mind and listen to my interior 'road'

(60) Dovid ben Moishe, February 23, 2012 3:25 PM

I'll say it from now on

I have heard the Shema over the years but it never impacted me. This article/video caught my attention. I will say the Shema from here on in.

(59) leah bleiberg, February 23, 2012 3:24 PM

just fabulous

so well done and so true. good video to watch to start off every day. Kol haKovod to Aish and Charlie Harary for consistently producing high level, inspiring material.

(58) Devorah, February 23, 2012 3:14 PM

Very beautiful!

(57) Anonymous, February 23, 2012 3:11 PM

this is so great--I am sending to everybody!

(56) NINETTE ROSEN, February 23, 2012 3:09 PM



(55) A. Greenberg, February 23, 2012 3:06 PM

Hear O Israel

That was great description!

(54) Anonymous, February 23, 2012 1:06 PM

father's company

don't we all work for our father's company?!!!

(53) Russell, February 23, 2012 3:14 AM


Awesome -- I always enjoy the message in your videos. Thank you!

(52) Beverly Kurtin, February 22, 2012 10:54 PM

The peace of Shema

Focusing on Hashem upon falling asleep and waking up brings me the peace of knowing that Hashem is with me at all times. Since I started doing that years ago my life, believe it or not, is free of worry. My reliance on Hashem and my recognition of him keeps my mind centered on the fact that we have One whom we can trust. A few weeks ago I was diagnosed with a fatal disease. My doctor was amazed that I didn't do the "normal" thing when one is given months to live. I merely turned it over to Hashem. Two weeks later a phone call from my doctor confirmed my faith: They had made a mistake! They had misread the CAT scan; I don't have what they thought I did. I don't want to think of how upset and worried I'd have been had I not had known Who was in charge. What can I say except Baruch Hashem?

Sarah, February 23, 2012 3:06 PM

Baruch Hashem indeed! And may you always be blessed with good health!

(51) Anonymous, February 22, 2012 5:23 PM

Very inspiring. May your beautiful words continue to inspire klal

(50) Mindy, February 22, 2012 2:50 PM


This made me truly think of my life's journey. Thank you

(49) alan, February 22, 2012 2:29 PM

thank you from the heart

a new understanding. i cannot begin to thank you.

(48) Jennifer, February 22, 2012 4:28 AM

I cannot put into words how this has totally changed they way i view my relationship with G-d. Thank you!

(47) Yossi Globman, February 22, 2012 1:37 AM

thank you for the captions.I am deaf and this is the first Aish video I was able to understand. My brother is also deaf and he also got a lot out of this presentation. His name is Aron and his email address is aronglobman@juno.com Continue with your wonderful work!

(46) Anonymous, February 21, 2012 11:38 PM


That was sooooo powerful! Thank you!!!You have just changed the way I say Shema forever!!!!!!(I actually struggle with saying it @ night due 2 utter exhaustion- but I can't tell you enough...I'm looking forward to putting you powerful thought into action!)

(45) Anonymous, February 21, 2012 11:36 PM

There is peace in the Shema

You have inspired me once again. The Shema resonates with me whether it is spoken or sung and centers me on what matters. It might interest you to know that I am a school teacher in a Christian school and my class says the Shema every morning. As Ruth said to Naomi, your G-d is my G-d. Thank you for your tremendous work.

(44) Anonymous, February 21, 2012 10:16 PM


This sums up a tefillah that we say every day that may seem mundane in a very powerful way!! I LOVE CHARLIE HARARY!!!!

(43) John D. Milller, February 21, 2012 8:33 PM

Great indeed

My son is a brilliant camera-man editor but he can't do better than the above! Thanks

(42) Tova Saul, February 21, 2012 5:04 PM


Kol ha Kavod! This helped clear up that fog of "feeling like running in circles" I've been in for a few days.

(41) Anonymous, February 21, 2012 4:37 PM

That was so beautifully put together! We are born alone into this world(with Hashem) and we are put alone into our graves(with Hashem) And our whole essence is SHEMA........ way to go Charlie Harary

(40) Irene Solnik, February 21, 2012 3:37 PM

closed captions are important; please include them.

(39) chana, February 21, 2012 2:28 AM

so beautiful

He has such a way with words!

(38) David, February 21, 2012 2:15 AM

Great words of wisdom

I needed these uplifting - searching for work can be so frustrating. Thank You!

(37) Anonymous, February 21, 2012 1:00 AM

I absolutely love your videos

I am amazed at your ability to size up a need and find a complex concept that can't help but give the person with the problem a solution in a simple palatable short and enjoyable clip - i wish i could give you a list of subjects that i need chizuk with, and let you knock them off one by one - Thank you so much!

(36) Anonymous, February 20, 2012 10:51 PM

I watched the video on my iPad and no captioned was shown. It was a beautiful video tho.

(35) Rochelle. and Roger, February 20, 2012 6:28 PM


Is this not what it's all about?

(34) jonathan Gardner, February 20, 2012 5:21 PM

very timely

i liked his commentary i say the shema every once in awhile but this explains why i neeed to say it every day. Hahem reallly loves me .I am going thru some trials with my health and finaces not enough but like he said my dad is the ceo and has my best interest at heart thanks Charlie ts what i needed for today

(33) Laura, February 20, 2012 12:31 PM

Thank you

This video made me cry. II pray the Shema before opening my eyes in the morning, and right after I close them at night.

(32) Sam Omekara, February 20, 2012 12:06 PM

Amazing insight

Thanks to you, Harary. This brief treatise on the Shema has given me an insight so profound that I see life with a new meaning.

(31) Ady, February 20, 2012 10:12 AM

Hey that's good!

Thanks for the reminder of the importance of the Shema prayer and the way you used life experiences to convey the message. Well spoken and presented Charlie.

(30) Dov, February 20, 2012 10:08 AM

thank you ,thank you, thank you.

I haven't recited shema in 70years (since Europe), on listening to this clip, have rediscover my 'roots' also received a strange calmness. The Almighty has recalled me to the fold. Shalom

(29) Barbara, February 20, 2012 7:34 AM


Thank you! That was really beautiful, and so meaningful. I've been saying the shema for so many years, and never understood it like this before.

(28) Saul Pillai, February 20, 2012 6:23 AM

Thank you...

Thank you Mr. Harary. Wonderful video message…

(27) Anonymous, February 20, 2012 4:11 AM

Wow! Captioned!

As a deaf person, I was thrilled to be able to watch this video and understand every word that was said. Thank you, Aish, for captioning this video, and making this accessible to more people than ever! P.S. The message was powerful!

(26) Elisheva, February 20, 2012 2:59 AM

You explained more than the Shema!

A few of us were having a heavy spiritual discussion before Havdallah last night and we were trying to articulate/define that amazing "energy field" that some rabbis have....I think Charlie just explained it better than we could.They ARE the total and complete connection to HaShem and we feel it when in their presence. Todah Rabbah!

(25) Avraam Rubinov, February 20, 2012 2:46 AM

the captioning.

It is great job! I'm glad that they added the captioning.

(24) Andria, February 20, 2012 1:31 AM

Thanks again!

Thank you for your thought provoking words.

(23) ruth housman, February 20, 2012 1:10 AM

this is profoundly beautiful and true

I was moved by this, as I felt the passion and total belief Charlie had in making this video, which is, beautiful. What is very obvious to me, is that people seem to need also, often, to take the journey to get to this place. Even when we want to fast forward the journey, we can't, unless that person is ready to receive, and maybe the climb itself, up Jacob's ladder as you say, is part of getting to this place. But when one gets here, it's all that matters. You are so right, and so poetically and beautifully right. Thank you.

(22) Anonymous, February 20, 2012 1:02 AM


Very uplifting for a gray February day. I also felt better after listening to this.

(21) Jose Manuel, February 20, 2012 12:48 AM



(20) LG, February 19, 2012 11:08 PM

Running in circles?

Yes. Sometimes we all feel like we are running in circles but.....Wow... you really clarified the why. Thanks Charlie. Thanks,

(19) Zev G, February 19, 2012 7:42 PM

Excellent video!

(18) Anonymous, February 19, 2012 6:58 PM


Thank you again for a great piece! May you all continue to do such great work

(17) Norman Elias, February 19, 2012 6:33 PM

Shema Yisrael IS our purpose in life!

My thanks to Hashem for inspiring the creation of Aish.com and to Charlie for expressing this message so eloquently. A few weeks ago, I read Rabbi Jonathan Sacks' essay for Parsha Bo and came to a new understanding of those first six words of the Shema. I've copied Rabbi Sacks' words below so you can see for yourself. I had always focused on the last four words, Hashem Elokenu, Hashem Echod, the declaration of our faith in one G-d. But now I see that these six words declare our purpose as Jews. It is not just to repeat that declaration of our faith but to strive (as Yaakov did with the man/angel that accosted him all night) with all our heart, soul and might to understand (shema) the full scope of that message. Twice a day, we remind ourselves that Hashem chose us from among all his people to study, struggle with and reach for a full comprehension of the unity of our G-d, our Creator, The One. "Instead of a word meaning 'to obey,' the Torah uses the verb shema, untranslatable into English because it means [1] to listen, [2] to hear, [3] to understand, [4] to internalise, and [5] to respond. Written into the very structure of Hebraic consciousness is the idea that our highest duty is to seek to understand the will of God, not just to obey blindly.'

(16) Saadia Bendayan, February 19, 2012 6:27 PM

Very deep in few and eloquent words, remarkable.

Very deep in few and eloquent words, remarkable.

(15) Robbye, February 19, 2012 5:35 PM

Beautiful! Thank you

Yosher koach to you. Beautiful !! Thank you.

(14) Avetis, February 19, 2012 5:18 PM

Excellent! Thanks Charlie!

(13) Anonymous, February 19, 2012 4:55 PM

Thank you so much for this video. Im going through a difficult, confusing time now, and I don't really understand why Hashem has brought me into the situation that I'm in right now. This video helped me understand that Hashem knows what's best for me, and that He is only putting me into this situation for my own good, whatever that may be, even though I don't understand it at the moment. Thank you.

(12) Harry Pearle, February 19, 2012 4:46 PM

Last Word of Shema is EMES: Shema---EMES (Hear Truth)

I noticed that the last word of Shema is ...EMES, truth. Thus, when we read the Shema, we embrace, truth.....As we goe through life, from day to day, we read the Shema. With the passage of time more and more truth, EMES becomes revealed to us......THANKS Charile, for speaking in Rochester NY. Now, I must go and watch your videos and search for truth, EMES...

(11) Ray Martin, February 19, 2012 4:20 PM


I have wondered why I was drawn as a christian to Israel. This is one more piece in the Solution puzzle!

(10) Anonymous, February 19, 2012 4:17 PM

Love Your Videos

Keep up the good work!

(9) Steven W., February 19, 2012 3:31 PM

Just a Little Nit

Wonderful piece. I take issue with only one thing. The Shema is not a prayer--it is an anthem of faith to the truth of the one God. If you want to find the most important Jewish prayer, you will find it in the Amidah, the prayer "par excellence." Oh, yes (and many people make this error), why do so many folks say "anyways?"

(8) Anonymous, February 19, 2012 3:29 PM

who is in charge

very interesting. As always, you hit the nail on the head reminds me of Mrs.Rigler's article -Let go of the mouse. we have to keep in mind who is in control. excessive worrying is a sign of a "chisorone" of Emunah.

(7) glen sol, February 19, 2012 3:15 PM

i cannt believe how much better I felt after watching this video ,you are a powerful speaker!

(6) esther mercedes, February 19, 2012 3:15 PM

i have been enjoying your mails since 2006

I also work in my father's company

(5) Joan Pressman, February 19, 2012 2:22 PM

What’s to say, this says it all.

(4) Anonymous, February 19, 2012 1:06 PM


This truly spoke to my heart....many thanks.

(3) Lisa, February 19, 2012 12:49 PM

Yes, Shema is our Mission Statement........

Thank you for always giving me a dose of pure clarity!! Yasher Koach!

(2) Alan S., February 19, 2012 11:25 AM

As always, Mr. Harary makes an excellent video. Dare I say, 'powerful' and great food for thought. I personally found its message comforting and beautiful; the images portrayed adds meaning. I have one quibble of course --I am Jewish, after all -- and that is that sometimes, too much food for thought can give us mental indigestion when we start to ask questions. But that is for another discussion. Mr. Hararay's videos are always inspiring.

(1) mary, February 19, 2012 11:22 AM


Thank you!


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