Etymology
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Shema

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

updated on September 26, 2016

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Definitions of Shema from WordNet

Shema (n.)
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;
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