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08 Oct

Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that the LORD your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy, so that you and your children and your children’s children, may fear the LORD your God all the days of your life, and keep all his decrees and his commandments that I am commanding you, so that your days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe them diligently, so that it may go well with you, and so that you may multiply greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, has promised you. Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.  Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:1-9, NRSV)

Bind them to your hand and as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house.

And here it is, a scroll on the door, that contains the Shema. The Shema is the central prayer in the Jewish prayer-book and is taken from Deuteronomy 6:4-9.

So bind the words to your hand and your forehead. Bear them into all the world.

Bind your life and remember the Lord God is one and observe the commandments diligently.

bind them to your life!

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