It’s interesting that by divine providence we continue the subject of the Shema prayers, even though we moved from the portion of Vaetchanan to Ekev, we are blessed with additional study of the Shema Israel prayer.
The Zohar teaches us that who reads the Shema is as if he is holding a double edge sword.
“רוֹמְמוֹת אֵל בִּגְרוֹנָם וְחֶרֶב פִּיפִיּוֹת בְּיָדָם.”
“Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand,”
#26 The ‘sword’ is the aspect of the letter Vav ו that represents Zeir Anpin. The Yod י is the tip of the sword and the two HH הה are the two sides of the sword. The Scabbard is the אדני ADNY name, Malchut. The meditation on unification of heaven and earth, upper and lower names is the aspect of waving the sword that kills the negative forces around us.
#27 The 248 words רמח with the Vav ו, representing the 6 letters of the Shema. They spell ‘רומח’,’spear’ that is another weapon against the ‘enemies’.
The ‘Shield’ is the three angels, Michael, Gabriel and Nuriel. The initials of their names, מגן, literally means ‘Shield’. We receive this protection by the merits of the patriarchs that represent Chessed, Gevurah and Tiferet for the Right, Left and Central column.
The sling is another weapon that we activate with the first five words of the Shema.
1 Samuel 17:40
“וַיִּקַּח מַקְלוֹ בְּיָדוֹ וַיִּבְחַר לוֹ חֲמִשָּׁה חַלֻּקֵי אֲבָנִים מִן הַנַּחַל וַיָּשֶׂם אֹתָם בִּכְלִי הָרֹעִים אֲשֶׁר לוֹ וּבַיַּלְקוּט וְקַלְּעוֹ בְיָדוֹ וַיִּגַּשׁ אֶל הַפְּלִשְׁתִּי”
“He took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd’s bag which he had, even in his pouch, and his sling was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine.”
The five words is the aspect the five Sefirot, Chessed to Hod. They become one in Yessod and come out of the mouth that is the aspect of Yessod. They shoot out and kill the enemy.
The Zohar reveals that the five stones that King David picked from the brook became one in his sling to create a joint force that could kill Goliath, the Philistine.