During the first line of the Shema, we cover our eyes to help us concentrate as we say:
שְׁמַע | יִשְׂרָאֵל, יְיָ | אֱלֹהֵינוּ, יְיָ |אֶחָד:
Sh'ma Yisra'eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad.
Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.
In an undertone:
בָּרוּךְ שֵׁם כְּבוֹד מַלְכוּתוֹ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד
Barukh sheim k'vod malkhuto l'olam va'ed.
Blessed be the Name of God's glorious sovereignty for ever and ever.
If you prefer a God-optional version, use this time to reflect on what statements are the pillars of your beliefs, or use this Shema written by Morris Sukenik:
Shma Yisroel, Ha-olam echad, Ha-enoshiut echad! Hear, Oh Israel, the Universe is one, all humanity is one.
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