Shema

Pronunciations

Definitions

  • n. 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

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

      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

Notes

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