Definition of Shema in US English:

Shema

proper noun

  • A Hebrew text consisting of three passages from the Pentateuch and beginning “Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one.” 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

/SHəˈmä/