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Definition of Shema

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one of the most common Jewish prayers
Shema Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a liturgical prayer (considered to be the essence of Jewish religion) that is recited at least twice daily by adult Jewish males to declare their faith; "as soon as Leonard learned to talk he was taught to recite the first words of the Shema, the creed of Judaism which originated on Sinai with Moses and is recited daily"
(hypernym) prayer
Shema Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Easton's Bible Dictionary
rumour. (1.) A Reubenite (1 Chr. 5:8). (2.) A Benjamite (1 Chr. 8:13). (3.) One who stood by Ezra when he read the law (Neh. 8:4). (4.) A town in the south of Judah (Josh. 15:26); the same as Sheba (ver. 5).
Smith's Bible Dictionary


→ A Reubenite, ancestor of Bela. (1 Chronicles 5:8) (B.C. before 1090.)
→ Son of Elpaal. (1 Chronicles 8:13) Probably the same as Shimhi. (B.C. after 1450.)
→ One of those who stood at Ezra's right hand when he read the law to the people. (Nehemiah 8:4) (B.C. 458.)
→ (Joshua 15:26) See: Sheba
  
Smith's Bible Dictionary (1884) , by William Smith. About
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
hearing; obeying
  
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (1869) , by Roswell D. Hitchcock. About
Official Judaism Glossary
The term Shema indicates both a confession of faith and a prayer. The confession of faith is essentially Deuteronomy 6:4, "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your might." The confession actually implies the meaning of the entire prayer, which consists of Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 11:13-21, and Numbers 15:37-41. This prayer is said several times daily as part of the fixed prayers and it also is contained within a mezuzah.
Shema Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Shema Yisrael (or Sh'ma Yisrael; ; "Hear, [O] Israel") are the first two words of a section of the Torah, and is the title (sometimes shortened to simply "Shema") of a prayer that serves as a centerpiece of the morning and evening Jewish prayer services. The first verse encapsulates the monotheistic essence of Judaism: "Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God, the LORD is one", found in . Observant Jews consider the Shema to be the most important part of the prayer service in Judaism, and its twice-daily recitation as a mitzvah (religious commandment). It is traditional for Jews to say the Shema as their last words, and for parents to teach their children to say it before they go to sleep at night.

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