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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A liturgical prayer consisting of three Scriptural passages (Deuteronomy 6:4–9, 11:13–21, and Numbers 15:37–41) recited twice daily by observant Jews, especially Jewish men, to affirm their faith.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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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  • proper noun The central creed of Judaism, recited daily by some religious Jews.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun 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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Hebrew šəma‘, hear (the first word of Deuteronomy 6:4), imperative of šāma‘, to hear; see šmע in Semitic roots.]

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