To be a שמע researcher, you have to know and be able to do a lot of things. Nitzanimers can do them all.
First – We had to figure out what researchers do (it was a new word for some of us!).
Second – We made a list of everything we know already about the שמע. We also found out that not all of us know how to sing the שמע. Hmmmph. We began to wonder…
Third – We asked a research question: Do most grown-up Jews know the שמע?
Fourth – We practiced our interviewing skills with each other: ” ______שלום. אני” (“Shalom. Ani ______.” We said hello and our names.) Then we asked: Do you know the שמע?
Fifth – Interview Time! We went quietly into the Chapel and, in pairs, introduced ourselves and asked grown-ups if they know the שמע. The result: we had only כן (ken – yes) on our interview sheets! The grown-ups were very impressed with our interview skills. We’re very excited for the next part of our research project.