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Shema Yisrael

Jewelry that looks great while inspiring the wearer and everyone the wearer comes into contact with can be a great investment—which is why many people of all faiths turn to Shema Yisrael jewelry. Shema Yisrael is the beginning words of a section of the Torah, and it is also the title to one of the most revered prayers in the Jewish faith, one that is said in both morning prayer services and evening prayer services in Judaism.

Translated, it means:

"Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is one!"

The verse is found in Deuteronomy 6:4, and is oftentimes translated to merely, "The Lord is our God, the Lord alone." Most faithful Jews consider the Shema Israel to be their most important prayer, and thus its recitation twice each day. It is so important that many Jewish parents say it to their children each night before bed and teach their children to recite it at bedtime.

Significance of Shema Yisrael

Wearing Shema Yisrael is a beautiful way to express your faith and pledge your allegiance to God. The prayer is a prayer of praise to the Lord, and it is also a prayer of reverence. On Jewish holy days and the Sabbath, as well as at the end of the day on Yom Kippur, the Shema is recited before the Torah reading. Under Jewish code, God's name is replaced with Adonai, which means "my lord," and never read aloud.

Moses' Gift

The Shema is Moses' last words to his people. In the book of Deuteronomy, God declares that the Shema Israel is affixed to doorposts in the mezuzah and that it is worn close to one's heart and head. Traditional Jewish Shema Yisrael jewelry is a beautiful reminder of this most revered prayer and of God's all-impotent presence.

Traditional Shema Yisrael Jewelry

Traditional versions of Shema Yisrael jewelry usually feature classic settings and designs that never go out of style, including beautiful pendants that feature other Jewish themes, like the Star of David, Hamsa, and other designs. Modern designs are made to appeal to those who appreciate contemporary styling, including younger wearers and some adults, since modern versions are on the cutting edge of fashion. Shema Yisrael can be worn as a fashion statement by those who aren't particularly practicing the Jewish faith but who wish to wear jewelry that inspires and delights.

Types of Shema Yisrael Jewelry

Shema Yisrael jewelry on YourHolyLandStore.com comes in a range of different styles and types. Adding to your jewelry box is simple and fun when you choose:

• Necklaces. Wear the most revered prayer in all of Judaism around your neck so that you'll be inspired everywhere you go. From dog-tag style necklaces made from steel to rope-style and beaded necklaces featuring gemstones and other settings, you're sure to find a necklace to suit your tastes (or even more than one.)

• Bracelets. Keep this revered prayer close at hand by wearing a bracelet from the Shema Yisrael jewelry inventory in our store. Choose from beaded bracelets and cord-style bracelets or bangles that will accentuate your outfit while keeping words of faith nearby.

• Rings. A ring featuring the Shema Yisrael prayer is a great addition to your jewelry box. Choose from a variety of metals that look great while keeping the prayer near and dear to you where you can read it and be inspired by its words.

No matter what your style, there's a piece of Yisrael jewelry that will accentuate your look while paying homage to and celebrating your faith. Shop now to find lots of goodies to inspire and delight, whether you keep the jewelry for your own use or give it as gifts that showcase your Jewish faith.