What is it like to say the שמע in a group that’s praying?

From a first grader:

“I felt like I was singing alone, except listening to others.”

What a powerful expression of what it’s like to be connected to other Jews through the words of the שמע!

Today for our שמע research, Nitzanim went into the Chapel to experience the שמע with a group in prayer. We prepared by making a list of places we’ve said the שמע. Sometimes we said it by ourselves and sometimes with other people. Today’s research notes offer an intimate lens into what it’s like to be a kindergartener or first grader experiencing the שמע. Extraordinary work, Nitzanim.

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