Definition of Shema in English:

Shema

proper noun

  • A Hebrew text consisting of three passages from the Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 6:4, 11:13–21; Numbers 15:37–41) and beginning ‘Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord’. It forms an important part of Jewish evening and morning prayer and is used as a Jewish confession of faith.

Origin

Hebrew, literally hear, the first word of Deut. 6:4.

Pronunciation:

Shema

/ʃɛˈmɑː/