from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A liturgical prayer consisting of three Scriptural passages (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 11:13-21, and Numbers 15:37-41) recited twice daily by adult Jewish males to affirm their faith.
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- proper n. The central creed of Judaism, recited daily by some religious Jews.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Jewish ritual, a name for the first word of the verse, Deut. vi. 4, and also for the verse itself, “Shem'a Yisrael,” etc., “Hear, O Israel, Jehovah is our God, Jehovah is one,” recited as the Jewish confession of faith.
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- 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
Hebrew šəma', hear (the first word of Deuteronomy 6:4), imperative of šāma', to hear; see šmʿ in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)