How can one maintain Kavanah reciting Keriath Shema' while walking along the way? Or is the requirement waived in this case?

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    +1, but the question is sorta lacking without evidence that the pasuk is referring to "Sh'ma" itself. (Bavli, Brachos 13, might supply such evidence.)
    – msh210
    Jul 12, 2012 at 4:48
  • The Gemara says one should continue on his way. I believe RJB"S or one of his forebears stated that Shema' is a Davar SheBikdushah, which would normally normally require one to stand, but a special Gezerath HaKathuv that you say it in whatever place and position you're in when you start, meaning that the phrasing of the Pasuk is both intended to generalize the Halachah and to specifically require one to literally keep walking if one was walking when he started.
    – Seth J
    Jul 12, 2012 at 5:34
  • That was long, but the point is he's supposed to keep walking if he was already walking when the Zeman came. How can he maintain his focus? Or does he have to? I'll have to try to source this idea tomorrow.
    – Seth J
    Jul 12, 2012 at 5:36
  • I can't imagine he wouldn't need to have the minimal amount of concentration.
    – Double AA
    Jul 12, 2012 at 6:02
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    I don't understand the question. Why would you be lacking kavana cause you are walking? You can't think and walk at the same time?
    – avi
    Jul 12, 2012 at 7:23

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This allowance is for someone to say the shema when he is already "on the path". In such a circumstance, he will have more concentration if he says shema while continuing his journey than if we make him stop and delay his trip. For example, see Shulchan Aruch OC 183:11.

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    +1, but a source would really be great.
    – Seth J
    Jul 12, 2012 at 5:21
  • Does the Shulchan Aruch's case have anything to do with the OP's pasuk?
    – Double AA
    Jul 12, 2012 at 19:40
  • @DoubleAA, the case is mentioned by benching, but is parallel. 183:9 requires one to sit for bentching so he may have kavana, 183:11 allows one to continue on one's way and not sit so he may have more kavana (assuming he will).
    – YDK
    Jul 12, 2012 at 19:50
  • @YDK I was more interested in if that distinction is learned from the pasuk Uvlechtecha Vaderech.
    – Double AA
    Jul 12, 2012 at 19:54
  • @DoubleAA, that would imply that barring the pasuk there is a mitzva deoraisa inherent in shema that would require one to remain still and concentrate, which I don't believe is so. The "requirement" to be still is a general law that applies to mitzvos of import, such as shema and benching.
    – YDK
    Jul 12, 2012 at 20:08

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