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When reciting the Shema, the prevalent custom is to say the first line ("shema yisrael... echad") out loud, and the following line ("barukh shem kevod...") in a whisper. This custom can be sourced in Pesachim 56a, and is also mentioned by the Rambam (Hilkhos Qeriyas Shema 1:4) and the Shulchan Arukh (Orach Chayim 61:13).

In the event that one needs to whisper the first line as well (for example, if there is a sleeping baby in the room), is it sufficient that the second line be whispered as well or does it specifically need to be said more quietly than the first line?

  • does it specifically need to be said more quietly than the first line Do you have any reason to suspect that it has to be quieter? Do any of the sources you cite imply this? – mevaqesh Feb 24 '17 at 1:42
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    In a whisper or quietly? Cf judaism.stackexchange.com/q/14478 – msh210 Feb 25 '17 at 21:29

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