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Unread 09-13-2004, 08:44 AM   #1
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Question Why do we cover our eyes in Shma?

As somebody noted in the thread on Baalei Tshuvah, we FFB's are sometimes so used to doing things the way they've always been done, that we don't think at all about the reasons.

That's why I got stuck this week when a someone asked me in class why we cover our eyes in Shma.

Answer, anyone?
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Unread 09-13-2004, 09:11 AM   #2
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Re: Why do we cover our eyes in Shma?

Concentration!
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Re: Why do we cover our eyes in Shma?

Q: Why do we cover our eyes when we recite the Shema?

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The reason why we cover the eyes for Shma, is because we should be able to concentrate better when we read the Shma, as per our obligation to read it in the morning and evening with special concentration. ("Code of Jewish Law" O.C. 61:5)

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Re: Why do we cover our eyes in Shma?

I was trying to post the askmoses.com linke but the 60 seconds rule didnt let so... http://www.askmoses.com/qa_detail.html?h=579&o=18788
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Re: Why do we cover our eyes in Shma?

I heard that we cover our eyes in shma, because we are trying to be mechaven to yichuda ilaah, where the oilomos are not toifes makom, whereas in baruch shem, we are mechaven to revealing Hashem here in the worlds (baruch = bringing down) yichudah tataah
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Re: Why do we cover our eyes in Shma?

Thank you, everyone, for your responses.

Now if only I could get a knowledgable answer about clasping hands ....
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