A TorahTutors student learned about the origins of the bedtime Shema, a Rabbinic enactment distinct from the Shema that is recited as part of the evening service. As Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi states, “Even though one recited Shema in the synagogue, it is a mitzvah to recited it upon his bed” (BT Berachot 4b). Elsewhere, the Talmud discusses which texts are recited as part of the bedtime Shema routine, and later scholars record further practices as well.
We wish all our teachers, students, and friends a wonderful night of rest (whatever time it may be now where you are), and we look forward to learning with you again tomorrow!
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