Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

In Talmud Berachot end of 14A, beginning of 14B, a reason is given why one does not make an interruption between "Ani Hashem Elokeichem" of the end of Shema, and "Emet":

‏א"ר אבהו א"ר יוחנן הלכה כר' יהודה דאמר בין אלהיכם לאמת ויציב לא יפסיק א"ר אבהו‏ א"ר יוחנן מאי טעמיה דרבי יהודה דכתיב וה' אלהים אמת‏

Because there is a verse in Yirmiyahu 10:10 which says "וה' אלהים אמת", we therefore do not make a break between "אלהיכם" and " אמת ויציב" when saying Shema:

‏וַיהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים אֱמֶת הוּא אֱלֹהִים חַיִּים וּמֶלֶךְ עוֹלָם מִקִּצְפּוֹ תִּרְעַשׁ הָאָרֶץ וְלֹא יָכִלוּ גוֹיִם זַעְמוֹ:‏

But the Lord God is true; He is a living God and the King of the world; from His anger the earth quakes, and the nations cannot contain His fury.

I don't understand this proof, and I'm looking for an explanation. What is the proof from the verse in Yirmiyahu? How does the fact that it says something similar in Yirmiyahu necessitate it in Shema?

share|improve this question

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.