Shechinah

Alternative Spellings

Shekhinah, Shechina, Shchina, Sh'china, Shekhina, Shkhina, Sh'khina, Shchinah, Sh'chinah, Shkhinah, Sh'khinah, Shechine, Shchine, Sh'chine, Shekhine, Shkhine, Sh'khine, Shechineh, Shchineh, Sh'chineh, Shekhineh, Shkhineh, Sh'khineh

Definitions

  • divine presence

Example Sentences

  • "The soul that breathes within us is a fractal of the Shechinah, and the journey of that soul mirrors the drama of the Shechinah, as one cell of a hologram contains the whole." (https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2438527/jewish/The-Shechina.htm)
  • "In a sense, the consecration of the Tabernacle, and especially the resting of the Shechina within its confines, is a sign of healing in the aftermath of the Golden Calf tragedy." (https://www.aish.com/tp/i/moha/48939932.html)
  • "According to E.E. Urbach, the term Shechina in the Tanaitic literature originally indicated presence in a location and usually this location was related to the Tabernacle." (https://www.hartman.org.il/the-shechina/)
  • "When Am Yisrael is exiled, though God does not abandon them, and He, as it were exiles Himself with them, the Shechina cannot be fully revealed nor can it act freely because of its distance from its natural venue." (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/24799)
  • "Hence, the Shechinah is most often represented as a passive vessel with 'nothing of her own.'" (https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/the-shechinah-a-supernal-mother/)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

שכינה shekhina 'divine presence', form the same root as לשכן leshakhen 'to dwell'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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