The Sh’ma comes from the Torah, from Deuteronomy 6:4

It is neither a blessing nor a prayer.  It is a declaration of faith.


To listen to Cantor Hest chant the Sh’ma and the Baruch Shem K’vod response,
click on the white arrow below.

The Shema

Sh’ma Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad!
Hear, O Israel, Adonai is our God, Adonai is One!

The response to the Sh’ma is said in a whisper with every recitation
except on Yom Kippur.

response to the Sh'ma
Baruch shem k’vod malchuto l’olam va-ed.
Blessed is God’s glorious majesty forever and ever.