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[shi-kee-nuh, -kahy-; Sephardic Hebrew shuh-khee-nah; Ashkenazic Hebrew shuh-khee-nuh] /ʃɪˈki nə, -ˈkaɪ-; Sephardic Hebrew ʃə xiˈnɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ʃəˈxi nə/
noun, Theology.
the presence of God on earth or a symbol or manifestation of His presence.
Also, Shekinah, Shechinah.
Origin of Shekhinah
First recorded in 1655-65, Shekhinah is from the Hebrew word shēkhīnāh Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • How dare men and women trifle with the shekinah of their lives?

  • A current conventionalism in the synagogs was that the just would 'eat the shekinah.'

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • The shekinah has departed from Mount Zion, but its glory is illuminating the world.

  • It is the place where the shekinah dwells and His secrets are made manifest.

  • The shekinah was also associated with a divine radiance, or glory.


    W. G. (William George) Aston
  • It had no shrine, for the shekinah was to be in the hearts of those who worshipped.

    George Fox George Fox
  • According to Kabalism, there is a shekinah both above and below.

  • This symbol is taken from the shekinah which filled the ancient tabernacle.

  • When the house was dedicated no glory returned, no cloud was seen, no shekinah filled the house.

    The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein
  • The first of these simple creations, which is nearest to God, is called in Hebrew "shekinah."

British Dictionary definitions for shekinah


/ʃɛˈkaɪnə; Hebrew ʃəxiːˈna/
(Judaism) a variant spelling of Shechina
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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