Shema:Transition from 1 – 2
Before we start the second paragraph, we should be thinking, “I accept all the Mitzvot…” meaning, all the obligations that come with the relationship, “…and I accept the idea of reward and punishment.” Reward and punishment
means that what we do is meaningful to God. There would be no reward or punishment if what we did were not meaningful. When we acknowledge that, we are building a relationship.