Sh’ma: Personal Declaration of Faith

Hear, O Israel
The divine abounds everywhere
and swells in everything;
the many are One.

Loving life
and its mysterious source
with all my heart
and all my spirit,
all my senses and strength,
I take upon myself
and into myself
these promises:
to care for the earth
and those who live upon it,
to pursue justice and peace,
to love kindness and compassion.
I will teach this to our children
throughout the passage of the dayas
I dwell in my home
and as I go on my journeys,
from the time I rise
until I fall asleep.
And may my actions
be faithful to my words
that our children’s children
may live to know:
Truth and kindness
have embraced,
peace and justice have kissed
and are one.

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