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Third Paragraph of Shema: Emet: Truth

“God, your Lord, is Emet – Truth.” It appears to be a fundamental condition of our weak nature that we feel so often compelled to deny the truth, both of ourselves, and others. We are, or rather we become, ashamed of who and what we are. Like Adam and Eve in the Garden, we are overcome by a desperate desire to hide our nakedness to “be somebody”, to assume a goodness or virtue we do not possess.
The Kedusha – Sanctity – demanded of us in the third paragraph must reflect Truth. We may not clothe ourselves in “Piety” or Holiness. Our relationship with God must be based on Truth.

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