Shema

[ shuh-mah, shmah ]
/ ʃəˈmɑ, ʃmɑ /

noun Judaism.

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.

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Origin of Shema

From the Hebrew word shəmaʿ listen!
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Shema
/ (ʃəˈmɑː) /

noun

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

Word Origin for Shema

Hebrew, literally: hear
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