Sterling .925 Silver Ring with Spinning Inner part with "Shema Israel" - "Hear O Israel" Prayer About Shema Israel Prayer "Sh'ma Yis'ra'eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad" -- "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One" -- is perhaps the most famous of all Jewish sayings. The Shema is a declaration of faith, a pledge of allegiance to One God. It is said upon arising in the morning and upon going to sleep at night. It is said when praising God and when beseeching Him. It is the first prayer that a Jewish child is taught to say.