Hear – Hebrew: Shema


The Shema found in Deuteronomy 6:4-6 is the foundation of Judaism. Facing Jerusalem, it is recited several times a day by faithful Jews. It is the thread that binds Jews together as the people of God.

Sh’ma, Yisra’elAdonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad [Hear, Isra’el! Adonai our God, Adonai is one]” (Deuteronomy 4:6).

Shema means ‘to hear’ with intention and interest. Shem is the root of shema and means ‘name.’ This was the name of Noach’s son through whom the lineage of the ‘promised seed’ came.

Hebrew Word Pictures

ש Shin is A Tooth and means ‘consume.’

מ Mem is Water and means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

ע Ayin is An Eye and means ‘see’ or ‘understand.’

The Hebrew word picture for shema: consume chaos and understand.

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