ספר אהל מועד שער קריאת שמע דרך ב
ונר’ דעבד ואשה חייבין בקבלת היחוד דהיינו פסוק ראשון אבל משאר פסוקים פטורים:
Sefer Ohel Mo'ed, Keri'at Shema 2
It seems that a bondsman and a woman are obligated in accepting the oneness [of God], which is in the first verse, but are exempt from the other verses.
Sarah Rudolph, Times of Israel blogpost
No matter what we do or how fervently we pray, we don’t actually know that everything will be all right. Shema or no Shema, there are no guarantees. There is little that we can be sure of in this world. But what I can do — and what our bedtime Shema ritual can do — is help my children prepare to face a world of uncertainty. I can help provide them with the security to have their eyes covered — to welcome it, even — to find assurance from the embrace of their parents, and of God, to confidently embark on a long, dark night without knowing how things will be in the morning. As a mom, I hope and pray that the rituals and habits I teach my children will provide them with a framework from which to confidently explore the world, with all of its uncertainties.