Judaism: The Temple Institute: Shma Yisrael
Rabbi Chaim RichmanRabbi Chaim Richman is the Director of the International Department of The Temple Institute in 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.