Shma Israel - Shema Israel

What is the Shema Israel prayer?

The "Shema Israel" is a central and essential prayer in Jewish tradition. It is considered one of the most important and fundamental declarations of faith for Jewish people. The phrase "Shema Israel" is derived from the Hebrew Bible, specifically from the Book of Deuteronomy, in the Torah. The complete prayer, as found in the Bible, is known as the Shema:

"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." (Deuteronomy 6:4-5, NIV)

The Shema emphasizes the monotheistic belief in the one and only God and serves as a proclamation of faith, love, and devotion to God. It is recited by Jewish individuals as a daily ritual and is often considered a spiritual and foundational expression of their beliefs. It is typically recited in Hebrew, and the words "Shema Israel" are the opening words of this prayer, which is why it is often referred to by that name.

The Shema prayer is an integral part of Jewish liturgy and is recited both in morning and evening prayers. The Shema plays a significant role in the identity and spiritual life of Jewish people and serves as a reminder of their faith and their commitment to the one true God.

Shema Israel pendant

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