- a liturgical prayer, prominent in Jewish history and tradition, that is recited daily at the morning and evening services and expresses the Jewish people's ardent faith in and love of God.
Origin of Shema
From the Hebrew word shəmaʿ listen!
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Examples from the Web for shema
The other practical observances like prayer, the reading of "Shema," and so on.
The Inquisition was obliged to forbid the uttering of the word "Shema" with a threat of heavy punishment.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)
To the commandments of the tongue belong the reading of the Shema, grace after meals, the priestly benediction, and so on.
In this palace a seal was found bearing a lion and the inscription belonging to Shema, the servant of Jeroboam.Archology and the Bible
George A. Barton
Oesterley (in loco) adds that “the very parchment on which the Shema is written is efficacious in keeping demons at a distance.”Studies in the Epistle of James
A. T. Robertson
- the central statement of Jewish belief, the sentence "Hear, O Israel: the Lord is your God; the Lord is One" (Deuteronomy 6:4)
- the section of the liturgy consisting of this and related biblical passages, Deuteronomy 6:4–9 and 11:13–21 and Numbers 15:37–41, recited in the morning and evening prayers and on retiring at night
Hebrew, literally: hear
Word Origin and History for shema
from Hebrew shema "hear!," imperative of shama "to hear." First word of Deut. vi:4.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper