Emet V'Emunah

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Emet V'Emunah (True and faithful) is the paragraph that is recited immediately following Shema during Maariv. Its recitation fulfills the obligation to recall the Exodus from Egypt during the evening.[1]

Themes[edit]

Emet V'Emunah is a parallel prayer to Emet Vayatziv, which is recited during Shacharit immediately following Shema. But unlike Emet Vayatziv, which speaks of the redemptions from the past of the Jewish ancestors, Emet V'Emunah relates the future redemption of the Jewish people.[2]

Emet V'Emunah describes the chosenness of the Jewish people. The prayer describes the Jewish people as unique and distinctive, and with a mission to G-d.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Complete Artscroll Siddur, page 261
  2. ^ The Siddur companion By Paul H. Vishny, page 702
  3. ^ Understanding Jewish History: Texts and Commentaries By Steven Bayme, page 363