Adult Education

The Shema: Understanding Our Call to Love God

This fall Adult Education is taking the fall sermon series—Curate Your Heart—to heart! Our classes center on several of the themes our preachers will be exploring from the pulpit—love of God, love of neighbor, forgiveness and reconciliation, mercy and justice. As we curate our hearts, we will discipline our minds as well.

Shema (“hear”) is the Hebrew word that begins one of the most important prayers in Scripture: “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4). The Shema is the centerpiece of daily morning and evening prayer and is considered by some to be the most essential prayer in Judaism. Rabbi Mollie Cantor, a clinical pastoral educator at the Jewish Theological Seminary, helps us discover the importance of this prayer not only to the ancient Hebrews, but to contemporary believers as well.