• prayer recited in most services as well as at bedtime, and when death is imminent; one of the most important and well-known prayers in Judaism

Example Sentences

  • The Shema can be found on page 94 of your machzors.

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Etymology

    • שמע ישראל 'Hear O Israel'
      • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Regions

      • Australia / New Zealand
      • South Africa
      • Great Britain
      • North America
      • Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Alternative Spellings

        Sh'ma, Shma


        • See also k'riat sh'ma קריאת שמע (Ashkenazi Hebrew/Yiddish: krishme) 'reading/recitation of the Shema'

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