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Why Do We Cover Our Eyes During Shema? Originally Published March 4-5, 2022.

Many cover their eyes with their right hand during the first line of the Shema (the first six words, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One”), and uncover during the subsequent paragraphs:  Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21, and Numbers 15:37-41.  We recite the Shema in its entirety twice every day:  once during […]

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