The Sh'ma comes from the Torah, from Deuteronomy 6:4
It is neither a blessing nor a prayer. It is a declaration of faith.
To listen to Cantor Hest chant the Sh'ma and the Baruch Shem K'vod response,
click on the white arrow below.
Sh'ma Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad!
Hear, O Israel, Adonai is our God, Adonai is One!
The response to the Sh'ma is said in a whisper with every recitation
except on Yom Kippur.
Baruch shem k'vod malchuto l'olam va-ed.
Blessed is God's glorious majesty forever and ever.