Definition of Shekinah in US English:


(also Shekhinah)


  • (in Jewish and Christian theology) the glory of the divine presence, conventionally represented as light or interpreted symbolically (in Kabbalism as a divine feminine aspect).

    • ‘According to the will of the Creator, wisdom, as the divine Shekinah, will take up a dwelling place in Jacob.’
    • ‘Mary is at once graced by the Light and reflects it, a figure akin to God's Shekhinah, the Hebrew understanding of Divine Wisdom as manifest in feminine guise.’
    • ‘Two more solutions have been proposed recently: Shekinah, a post-biblical term for divine dwelling or immanence, and ‘steadfast love’ (hesed).’
    • ‘To look on the Shekinah was death, but to gaze upon God's glory ‘in the face of Jesus Christ’ is life and health.’
    • ‘The Jewish mystical treatise called the Zohar tells us that ‘whenever Israel goes into exile, the Holy One, blessed be he, is in exile with them, for the Shekhinah [Divine Presence] never leaves them.’’


Mid 17th century: from late Hebrew, from šākan ‘dwell, rest’.