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Sh’ma Statement and V’ahavta

Temple Isaiah’s Sh’ma Statement

Deepening Lives, Inspiring Purpose, Together


 

Temple Isaiah’s V’ahavta

Deepening Lives

The blessing of Jewish living and learning opens us to the possibility of lives of profound depth, spiritual awe, and intellectual striving. Through our texts and traditions, and our own understanding of God, we discover meaning that helps us make sense of our lives.

Inspiring Purpose

As a sacred community, we seek to transform both ourselves and the world around us. We turn to Judaism to spark within us the search for our individual and communal purposes and the means to act on them. Fulfilling the legacy of the prophet Isaiah, we strive to bring moral courage, social justice, and Jewish values into the world.

Together

We are connected to a larger whole, to Israel and to Jewish communities around the globe. We embrace the diversity that makes up our community: interfaith families, multiple generations and stages of life, and people of all abilities, backgrounds, races, sexual orientations and gender identities. At Isaiah, we intentionally place relationship at the center of who we are.

We are Isaiah – together.


 

What is a Sh’ma statement?

In our Torah, we find this key text that we call our Sh’ma: “Hear O Israel, Adonai is our God, Adonai is one.” It is as much a declaration of faith as a declaration of who we want to be. Following in the footsteps of our tradition, we have created a Sh’ma statement for Temple Isaiah; it is an aspirational vision of who we want to be. Following the Sh’ma is a text that we call the V’ahavta. So just like in Torah, following our Sh’ma you will find our V’ahavta, which enriches our Sh’ma and describes the ways we intend to live the Sh’ma out in the everyday life of our community.

Tue, November 21 2017 3 Kislev 5778