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n this week's 'sidrah we
find the greatest of all
declarations that the Bi-
ble contains, the Sh'ma:
"Hear, 0 Israel, The Lord is
our God, the Lord Is One"
This verse is recited every day
during the morning and even-
ing service. It is the most
famous of the Torah's 5,845
verses. No other statement
has been as frequently upon
the lips of Jews. Among the
first words taught the infant
learning how to speak are
those of the Sh'ma. The Jew
whose life is ending summons
his last energy for this verse.
No utterance can be found
that can be compared in its
spiritual force with the six
words that have become the
confession of faith of the
It is important for us to note
that the Sh'ma is not really a
prayer which is addressed to
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of Congregation Shaarey
S. Woodward Ave. • Birmingham, MI 48011 • (313) 644-6833
Bais Chabad of Birm-
ingham/Bloomfield Hills: Moshe
Polter, rabbi. 646-3010.
Bais Chabad of Farmington
Hills: 32000 Middlebelt Rd., Farm-
ington Hills. Chaim Bergstein, rab-
Bais Chabad of West Bloomfield:
5595 W Maple Rd., West Bloom-
field. Melech Silberberg, rabbi.
Beth Jacob-Mogain Abraham:
15751 W. Lincoln Dr., Southfield.
Dov Loketch, rabbi. 557-6750.
Beth Tefilo Emanuel Tikvah:
24225 Greenfield Rd., Southfield.
Leizer Levin, rabbi. 559-5022.
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negates polytheism, dualism
and atheism. It affirms the
unity and order of the natural
universe, and the unity of
history as the unfolding of the
divine plan. Since there is
only one God, the creater of
the world, He is also the
father of all men. Once we
have affirmed the fatherhood
of God, we have thereby pro-
claimed the brotherhood of
man. It is this doctrine that
leaps over the barriers that
divide creeds, states, races
and classes. Finally, the God
of the Sh'ma is, for the Jewish
people, not only one but "Our
God," the Almighty to whom
they are bound in un-
breakable covenant and
whose will they are to fulfill.
- In the text of the Hebrew
Bible the last letter of the
first word, sh'ma, hear, is
All interesting or unusual time
pieces. Need not be running.
God. Rather, this statement is
directed to other Jews, and
not only to other Jews, but to
one's self. It is not so much a
prayer as it is a proclamation,
a declaration. Jews are remin-
ding each other and telling
each other the most impor-
tant truth. And the word
"hear" does not mean
physical but spiritual hear-
ing. It is a hearing of the
spirit, an understanding of
the heart that is meant.
It is, therefore, to the people
of Israel, that this word is
spoken. We cannot expect all
mankind to be aware of the
Divine Presence. But we can
expect Israel, a people of seers
and prophets, a people that
has heard and known the
message of God, to unders-
tand and respond.
• Maurice Samuel once
observed that the Jew not
only taught monotheism, he
"sweated it out." Into this doc-
trine, he compressed all he
believed about God. Out of his
doctrine, he drew all he
believed about man in the
Thus, the Sh'ma taught
many lessons. This statement
B'nai Israel-Beth Yehudah:
15400 W. 10 Mile Rd., Oak Park.
Yoel Sperka, rabbi. 967-3969.
B'nai Zion: 15250 W. Nine Mile
Rd., Oak Park. Solomon Gruskin,
Dovid Ben Nuchim: 14800 W. Lin.-
coin, Oak Park. Chaskel Grubner,
Kollel Institute: 15230 W Lincoln,
Oak Park. Moshe Schwab, rabbi.
Mishkan Israel, Nusach H'ari,
Lubavitcher Center: 14000 W. 9
Mile Rd., Oak Park. 543-6611.
Shaarey Shomayim: 15110 W. 10
Mile Rd., Oak Park. Leo Goldman,
Southfield Rd., Southfield. Shaiall
Zachariash, rabbi. 559-1533 or
Shomrey Emunah-Ohel Moed:
6191 Farmington Rd., West Bloom-
field. Eli Jundef, rabbi. 967-1806.
Young Israel of Greenfield: 15140
W. 10 Mile Rd., Oak Park. Reuven
Drucker, rabbi. 967-3655.
Young Israel of Oak-Woods:
24061 Coolidge, Oak Park. Eliezer
Cohen, rabbi. 398-1177.
Young Israel of Southfield: 27705
Lahser, Southfield. Elimelech
Goldberg, rabbi. 358-0154..
Young Israel of Bloomfield: 6450
Farmington Rd., West Bloomfield.
Ira Lutzky, 259-8500.
Shaarey Zedek: 27375 Bell Rd.,
Southfield. Irwin Groner, rabbi.
Beth El: 7400 Thlegraph Rd., Bir-
mingham. Daniel Polish, rabbi.
Beth Isaac: 2730 Edsel Dr., Tren-
Beth Jacob: 79 Elizabeth Lake
Rd., Pontiac Richard Weiss, rabbi.
Emanu-El: 14450 W. 10 Mile Rd.,
Oak Park. Lane Steinger, rabbi.
Temple Israel: 5725 Walnut Lake
Rd., West Bloomfield. M. Robert
Syme, Harold Loss, Paul Yedwab,
Kol Ami: 5085 Walnut Lake Rd.,
West Bloomfield. Norman Roman,
Shir Shalom: 5642 Maple Rd.,
West Bloomfield. Dannel Schwartz,
Shir Tikvah: 3633 W. Big Beaver,
Troy. Arnie Sleutelberg, rabbi.
B'nai David: 24350 Southfield Rd.,
Southfield. Morton Yolkut, rabbi.
Adat Shalom: 29901 Middlebelt
Rd., Farmington Hills. Efry Spectre,
Beth Abraham Hillel Moses:
5075 W. Maple, West Bloomfield. A.
Irving Schnipper, rabbi. 851-6880.
Beth Achim: 21100 W. 12 Mile Rd.,
Southfield. Milton Arm, rabbi.
Beth Shalom: 14601 W Lincoln
Rd., Oak Park. David Nelson, rab-
Beth Tephilath Moses: 146 South
Ave., Mt. Clemens. 465-0641.
B'nai Israel of West Bloomfield:
4200 Walnut Lake Rd., West Bloom-
field. Sherman Kirshner, rabbi.
B'nai Moshe: 14390 W. 10 Mile
Rd., Oak Park. Allan Meyerowitz,
Downtown Synagogue: 1457
Griswold, Detroit. Noah Gamze,
Livonia Jewish Congregation:
31840 W. 7 Mile Rd., Livonia. Mar-
tin Gordon, rabbi. 477-8974.
Birmingham lemple: 28611 W. 12
Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. Sher-
win Wine, rabbi. 477-1410.
T'Chiyah: 1404 Nicolet Place,
Sephardic Community of
Greater Detroit: meets at
Yeshivah Beth Yehudah, 15751 W.
Lincoln, Southfield. David Hazan,
vice president. 545-8945.