Shema Israel Prayer and Why We Wear it as Jewelry
שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָד
Sh’ma Yisra’el Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Eḥad
The Shema prayer is based on the first two words found in Deuteronomy 6:4, in the Five Book of Moses, The Torah.
After the Shema, there is the second line, traditionally recited in an undertone:
בָּרוּךְ שֵׁם כְּבוֹד מַלְכוּתוֹ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד
Baruch shem kavod malchuto l’olam va-ed
Blessed is the name of His glorious kingdom for ever and ever
The remainder of the Shema prayer is taken from three biblical sources:
וְאָ֣הַבְתָּ֔ אֵ֖ת יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ בְּכָל־לְבָבְךָ֥ וּבְכָל־נַפְשְׁךָ֖ וּבְכָל־מְאֹדֶֽך
וְהָי֞וּ הַדְּבָרִ֣ים הָאֵ֗לֶּה אֲשֶׁ֨ר אָנֹכִ֧י מְצַוְּךָ֛ הַיּ֖וֹם עַל־לְבָבֶֽךָ
וְשִׁנַּנְתָּ֣ם לְבָנֶ֔יךָ וְדִבַּרְתָּ֖ בָּ֑ם בְּשִׁבְתְּךָ֤ בְּבֵיתֶ֙ךָ֙ וּבְלֶכְתְּךָ֣ בַדֶּ֔רֶךְ וּֽבְשָׁכְבְּךָ֖ וּבְקוּמֶֽךָ
וּקְשַׁרְתָּ֥ם לְא֖וֹת עַל־יָדֶ֑ךָ וְהָי֥וּ לְטֹטָפֹ֖ת בֵּ֥ין עֵינֶֽיךָ
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day. Impress them upon your children. Recite them when you stay at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them serve as a symbol on your forehead, inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
This first verse expresses the very basic belief of Judaism: monotheism.
The belief in One G-d.
It is traditional for Jews to recite the Shema, based on halachic law, twice a day. In the morning and in the evening.
More of a custom than a requirement, it is often recited once again prior to going to bed as a prayer “against evil forces” which are more active at night.
Parents will teach their children to say it before going to sleep at night. “Hear, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is one.” This is more commonly known as Krias Shema She’al Hamita - Recitation of the Shema by the bed.
The prayer is an affirmation of G-d’s singularity and kingship, its daily recitation is regarded by traditionally observant Jews as a biblical commandment.
Since the Shema is such an important prayer, the idea of wearing it and making it be a part of us isn't that far fetched.
Why not take the words from the prayer, as beautiful as they are, and make them shine and sparkle?
If Jews all over the world, and even a star like Justin Bieber can recite the prayer daily, why not wear it as jewelry?
(Seriously, we know that when thinking of the Shema Yisrael prayer you usually don’t assosciate Justin Bieber and Jewish prayers. But, according to the tabloids, he recites the Shema before each concert. And if you click the link you'll see how small and cute he used to be!)
Words, prayer and Biblical words, can represent pride, heritage and Judaism just as a Magen David necklace does.
So, why not?
Why not wear the most important words to the Jewish people close to your heart and soul.
Show them to the world.
Bind them to your wrists and fingers, dangle them from your neck.
As jewelry, of course!
To see more choices of lovely, Biblical jewelry with the Shema Israel Hebrew prayer on them for girls and women visit Alef Bet Jewelry.
For men there is a selection of Hebrew Shema Israel leather bracelets on our Amazon store. They can be found here, on Amazon.