Love the L-RD your G-D with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your might.
And love your neighbor as yourself."
Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Leviticus 19:18
V'ahavta et ADONAI Eloheyka b'khol levavkha,
uv'khol naphsh'ka, un'khol meodekha.
V'ahavta l're'akka khamokka.
No wonder we spend so much time arguing about politics and issues of doctrine and interpretation. Such a simple, straight-forward command is way too hard to follow. It's much easier to debate the finer points and remain distracted by them lest we face up to how easy it is to fail in this, the most important of purposes.
As I mentioned above the word Sh'ma means hear. "Hear" in this context, and Jewish interpretation, means more than recognizing sound - to hear is to obey.
May GOD bless us to truly HEAR these powerful words, as though for the first time. May they touch us to our very GOD-Lovin' core, and may we be forever changed by the Truth they reflect each new day:
and if I have a faith that can move mountains,
but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,
but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails."