A Humanistic Shema & Declaration of Interdependence
by Machar: The Washington Congregation for Secular Humanistic Judaism
On Listening and Oneness – (al sh’miah v’-ahdut)עַל שְׁמִיעָה וְאַחְדוּת
(Inspired by the Sh’ma – D’varim / Deuteronomy 6:4)
All read aloud together:
Hear, O IsraelLit. ''the one who struggles with God.'' Israel means many things. It is first used with reference to Jacob, whose name is changed to Israel (Genesis 32:29), the one who struggles with God. Jacob's children, the Jewish people, become B'nai Israel, the children of Israel. The name also refers to the land of Israel and the State of Israel., please hear, O tribes, dispersed and estranged.
Let the tale of AbrahamAbraham is the first patriarch and the father of the Jewish people. He is the husband of Sarah and the father of Isaac and Ishmael. God's covenant - that we will be a great people and inherit the land of Israel - begins with Abraham and is marked by his circumcision, the first in Jewish history. His Hebrew name is Avraham. inspire us to transcend today’s idols and lies.
Let us heed diverse voices and visions, seeking understanding and unity.
O children of AbrahamAbraham is the first patriarch and the father of the Jewish people. He is the husband of Sarah and the father of Isaac and Ishmael. God's covenant - that we will be a great people and inherit the land of Israel - begins with Abraham and is marked by his circumcision, the first in Jewish history. His Hebrew name is Avraham., O inheritors of this world,
please hear one another, please hearken to each living being.
The Earth, our world, is One. All peoples, all beings, are One.
(Hebrew means: “Please: listen…” [“listen” in masculine & feminine singular, then fem. & mixed/masc. plural])
sh'ma, shim'i, sh'manah, shim'u
שְׁמַע, שִׁמְעִי, שְׁמַעְנָה, שִׁמְעוּ
Humanistic Judaism was founded as a congregational movement in 1963 by the late Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine, and has emerged as a stream of Judaism that enables people of any ethnic or religious background to cherish Jewish history, culture, and ethics without worshipping or praying to a supernatural being. As an affiliate of the Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ), Machar is part of the national and international Humanistic Judaism movement. The International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ) is the educational arm of our movement, training rabbis and other leaders.