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Parshas Vayechi

Bringing Mashiach with Shema Yisroel

As our forefather Jacob was about to expire, he called upon his children to unite, teaching us that in our unity, we will find blessing and strength. At that time, Jacob wanted to reveal the date of our final redemption, but G-d prevented him from doing so. For a moment Jacob became agitated. Could it be, he wondered, that G-d was denying him this privilege because his children were unworthy? The Tribes. sensing their father’s distress, called out in unison, “Shema Yisrael, Hashem Elokeinu, Hashem Echad!” – Hear, O Israel, Hashem is our G-d, Hashem is the One and Only.” They proved their dedication to G-d, showing their father that they were indeed worthy to be redeemed, when G-d would will it to occur. And to this very day, we, the descendants of Jacob, greet and conclude every day with the Shema. It is our most ancient prayer, first recited by our forefather Jacob, then by his sons, the twelve Tribes of Israel, and is engraved in our Torah for all eternity. Let us make a special effort to recite the Shema with commitment and fervor; our commitment to G-d will surely bring the redemption more quickly. 

Wishing Everyone a Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Yisroel