On Shabbath morning, when someone hold the Sefer Torah, he starts by saying "Shema Israel".

After saying "Shema Israel", he (in some communities) says a verse starting with "Ehad Elo-henou, gadol...". When he puts the Sefer Torah back in the Hechal, he says a verse starting with "Mi Hu Ze Melekh...".

I looked on my Siddur and I did not find these two verses. What are they exactly?

  • êtes-vous français? – Noach MiFrankfurt Jun 3 '14 at 1:38
  • Not all communities say Shma and Echad. For example, many Yekkes do not have this custom. – Danny Schoemann Jun 5 '14 at 9:25

In the Ashkenazi custom, on Shabbat and holidays, the chazzan (leader) says "Shema Yisrael Ado-nai Elo-henu Ado-nai Echad" - שמע ישראל ה' אלקינו ה' אחד. ("Hear, Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one.") This verse is from Deuteronomy 6:4. The congregation then repeats this verse.

Then, the chazzan says (again followed by the congregation): "Ehad elo-henu, gadol adonenu, kadosh shemo" - אחד אלקינו גדול אדוננו קדוש שמו. ("One is our God, great is our Lord, holy is His name.") This verse does not have a Scriptural source.

When putting back the Torah, a psalm is recited by all. At all times other than Shabbat mornings, this is Psalm 24. The last verse is "Mi Hu Zeh Melekh Hakavod, Ado-nai Tzeva-os, Hu Melekh Hakavod Selah" - מי הוא זה מלך הכבוד ה' צבקות הוא מלך הכבוד סלה. ("Who is the king of glory, the Lord, Master of legions, He is the king of glory, Selah.")

  • Thanks. I thought that it was "Ehad elo-henu, gadol adonenu, kadosh 'some word" shemo". I am not conformtable with so I do not know what this word is but it sounds like "venura". – RabbeinouYoel Jun 3 '14 at 3:09
  • @RabbeinouYoel At High Holiday times many congregations add the word ונורא Venora ("and awesome") in the spot you mention. – Double AA Jun 3 '14 at 6:01
  • Thank you. About Mi Hu Zeh, I am sure that it starts with "Mi Hu Zeh melekh, lifne melokh melekh". Is it the same one? – RabbeinouYoel Jun 8 '14 at 22:44

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