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What are the words to the Hebrew Shema?

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asked Jan 13, 2014 in Judaism by anonymous
   

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From Wikipedia:

The Shema is recited aloud as: Sh'ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad - Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is One

The literal word meanings are roughly as follows:

Sh'malisten, or hear & do (according to the Targum, accept)
Yisrael — Israel, in the sense of the people or congregation of Israel
Adonai — often translated as "LORD", it is read in place of YHWH; Samaritans say Shema, which is Aramaic for "the [Divine] Name" and is the exact equivalent of the Hebrew "ha-Shem", which Rabbinic Jews substitute for "Adonai" in a non-liturgical context such as everyday speech.
Eloheinu — the plural 1st person possessive of Elohim, meaning “our God”.
Eḥad — the cardinal number one

Another possibility is the Samaritan reading: Sh'ma Yisrael Shema Eloheinu Shema Eḥad. (Hear, O Israel, the Name is our God, the Name is One.)

answered Jan 13, 2014 by DeepDark Inquisitive Expert (6,610 points)

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