Tekst Šema Israel (ili samo Šema, Š’ma) u prevodu sa hebrejskog jezika znači “Čuj Izraele” i prema zapovestima, micvot (מצוות), izgovara se dva puta na dan, ujutro i uveče i predstavlja temeljnu molitvu jevrejske vere. Potiče iz knjige ”Ponovljenih zakona” (Devarim, דברים) i ”Knjige Brojeva” (Ba’Midbar, במדבר). Knjiga Ponovljenih zakona peta je knjiga Tore i sastoji se od tri velika Mojsijeva govora Izraelcima na Moavskim poljanama nasuprot Jerihonu, a uoči ulaska u Obećanu zemlju (Erec Jisrael, ארץ ישראל). Redak je nastao najverovatnije za vreme vladavine kralja Jošije (640. – 609.) i sastoji se od šest veoma bitnih, temeljnih, reči. Izvorno se Šema sastojala od dva stiha, dok se u liturgiji koriste tri odeljka. Kao molitva zajednice zajedno sa Amida (Tefila Ha’Amida, תפילת העמידה) i Alenu Le’šabeah (עלינו לשבח), čini jedan od tri osnovna stupca svake Jevrejske zajednice, podsećajući na velika dela: stvaranje, objavu i otkupljenje.
Naslov potiče od prve reči odlomka, čime se naglašava da je Bog taj koji se preko Mojsija obraća Izraelskom narodu, a ne Izrael Bogu. Time ovaj odlomak postaje objava vere i srž sâmog Jevrejstva. Ona je jemstvo vernosti Jednome (ehad, אחד), čime je naglasak stavljen na dimenziju ličnog svedočanstva. Takođe, to je i molitva cele zajednice, koja njome izražava svoju vezanost za Boga koji je dao Toru, izbavio iz ropstva, a nastaviće i ubuduće pomagati.
Š’ma Israel u izvođenju kantora beogradske sinagoge Sukat Šalom (סוכת שלום), na Šabat:
שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָד
Šema Israel, Adonaj elohejnu, Adonaj ehad Čuj Izraele, Gospod je naš Bog, Gospod je Jedan
Potom nastavljamo tiho:
ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד
Baruh šem kevod malhuto le’olam va’ed Neka je doveka blagosloveno Ime Njegovog slavnog kraljevstva
Ljubi Gospoda Boga svoga svim srcem svojim,
svom dušom svojom i svom snagom svojom
Neka te reči, što ti ih danas
nalažem, budu na srcu tvom
Usadi ih sinovima svojim i govori im o njima kod svoje
kuće, kad si na putu, kad ležeš i kad ustaješ
Priveži ih kao znak o ruku svoju, i neka
budu kao ukras među očima tvojim
I zapiši ih na dovratke svoje
kuće i na kapije svoje
U izgovaranju Šema Israel postoji običaj koji može da se pronađe i u zabeleženoj praksi velikog ribija Arija Kaplana, a to je da se pre svake reči Šeme čovek ispuni vazduhom, vizuelizujući svako slovo izgovorene reči kao i prevod značenja izrečenoh i na kakav način je reč povezana s narednom u nizu. Kao i koncentracija na zvuk svake pojedinačne reči, dopuštanje njenim vibracijama da preuzmu telo onoga kojih ih posvećeno govori...
Nazivi za odeljke Tore koje je Jevrejin dužan da čita svakog jutra i večeri su:
שמע ישראל יהוה אלהינו יהוה אחד
Š’ma Israel… Čuj, Izrailju: Gospod je Bog
naš jedini Gospod…
(Ponovljeni Zakon 6-4:9)
והיה אם שמע תשמעו
Veaja im šamoa tišmeu Zato ako dobro uzaslušate zapovesti,
koje vam ja zapovedam danas…
(Ponovljeni Zakon 11:13-21)
ויאמר יהוה אל משה לאמר
Vajomer Adonaj el Moše lemor Još reče Gospod
Mojsiju govoreći: …
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ויכלו השמים והארץ וכל צבאם. ויכל אלהים ביום השביעי מלאכתו אשר עשה. וישבת ביום השביעי מכל מלאכתו אשר עשה. ויברך אלהים את יום השביעי ויקדש אותוכי בו שבת מכל מלאכתו אשר ברא אלהים לעשות
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