[shuh-mah, shmah]
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.

< Hebrew shəmaʿ listen! Unabridged
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Shema (ʃəˈmɑː)
1.  the central statement of Jewish belief, the sentence "Hear, O Israel: the Lord is your God; the Lord is One" (Deuteronomy 6:4)
2.  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
[Hebrew, literally: hear]

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Shema definition

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).

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