These are the first words we hear when we are born, and the last words we say and hear when we die. From this identifying statement we understand who we are and our purpose in life.
We are commanded to love God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our might (6:5), which also means with all levels and aspects of consciousness because every dimension of us is also part of the Love of God from which we belong. This is how we understand and assimilate that Love is our common bond with God. These verses are decisive to make us aware of our Essence and identity based on our connection and relationship with God.
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall not have other gods before Me. You shall not make unto you a graven image, even any manner of likeness, of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth below, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down unto them, nor serve them (...)” (5:6-8)
In these Commandments God also defines His connection with us, Who He is for us, and what He wants from us based on our relationship with Him clearly defined by the His Unity and Oneness. Hence to love Him is to reiterate our common bond with Him. If we do not assimilate this principle, we will never understand the meaning of our Jewish identity as defined above (see our commentaries on Parshat Va'etchanan: “The Oneness of Israel and God's Love” of July 15, 2010 and “Our Bond with God's Love” of July 8, 2011).
Forced labor was the order of the day back then to build pyramids for Pharaoh, and forced labor is the order of the day now to sustain fantasies and illusions derived from the exploitation of ego's desires by Consumer Society (the Pharaoh of our times).
Fantasies and illusions that don't see, don't hear, don't smell, and don't taste. Neither they think or move by their own, for they are the idols from the present and from the past. In our Oneness with the Creator we are fully aware that everything comes from Him and is sustained by Him, and nothing else. Thus we realize that He is the One and only reality from which we exist, and there is no other reality.
There's no lack in our permanent bond with God because He is sufficient for all that He has created.
We live divided and separated when we don't live in the unity of God's ways and attributes in all aspects of consciousness. We are commanded to love God because through Love we are united to His Love, and in this Unity there are no fantasies or illusions of any kind. In this awareness, Love is the only reality and the only purpose of life and in this world. God's Love is His Glory that covers the Earth. We just need to get to this awareness in order to truly know Him.
First we have to let Love's ways and attributes to conduct and guide our discernment and thoughts, beliefs and ideas, feelings and emotions, passions and instincts, speech and actions. This is the beginning to awaken our consciousness to God's Presence in all that He has created. Through Love we reveal His concealed Presence in the world, because God's Love is the means to discover Him in His Creation.
In this sense it is up to us to realize and experience that the Torah shall come from Zion and the word of God from Jerusalem, when we finally choose to enthrone Him in the highest awareness of our connection to Him, which is Zion-Jerusalem. First we must free our consciousness from the chains of materialistic desires and fantasies and return to the freedom that Love is.
Love is the ways and means of our true freedom, and in this freedom we will be able to recognize and embrace God's Love as the Source of our Love and our freedom. This is the meaning and implication of the first and second Commandments, in which our connection and relationship with God is stated.