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Shekinah

Line breaks: She|ki¦nah
Pronunciation: /ʃɪˈkʌɪnə
 
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(also Shekhinah)

Definition of Shekinah in English:

noun

[mass noun]
(In Jewish and Christian theology) the glory of the divine presence, conventionally represented as light or interpreted symbolically (in Kabbalism as a divine feminine aspect).
Example sentences
  • According to the will of the Creator, wisdom, as the divine Shekinah, will take up a dwelling place in Jacob.
  • The Jewish mystical treatise called the Zohar tells us that ‘whenever Israel goes into exile, the Holy One, blessed be he, is in exile with them, for the Shekhinah [Divine Presence] never leaves them.’
  • Mary is at once graced by the Light and reflects it, a figure akin to God's Shekhinah, the Hebrew understanding of Divine Wisdom as manifest in feminine guise.

Origin

mid 17th century: from late Hebrew, from šākan 'dwell, rest'.

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