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      Judaism: The Temple Institute: Shma Yisrael

      Published: Friday, December 13, 2013 9:39 AM
      Torah from the Old City of Jerusalem.

      When Yaakov (Jacob) was reunited with his beloved son Yosef (Joseph), he understood it as the confirmation of G-d's Oneness, and recited the Shema proclamation of G-d's unity.

      His twelve sons would later reconfirm G-d's Oneness by reciting the Shema, as Yaakov prepared to reveal to them his vision of the end of days.

      By this very affirmation of G-d's Oneness in our world, Yaakov fulfills the promise of his other name, Yisrael.

      And his children, throughout the generations, fulfill their role as witnesses to G-d's abiding and eternal unity.