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[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.
Origin of Shema
< Hebrew shəmaʿ listen! Unabridged
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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
Hebrew, literally: hear
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Word Origin and History for Shema

from Hebrew shema "hear!," imperative of shama "to hear." First word of Deut. vi:4.

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Shema in the Bible

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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