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Shiviti plaque


A plaque hung in the synagogue, inscribed with the biblical verse "I have set the Lord always before me" (in Hebrew, "shiviti hashem lenegdi tamid"), as a reminder of the divine presence.


A visual explanation of the papercut shiviti from Gyöngyös, Hungary.


  • Hebrewלוח שיויתי
  • GermanSchiwiti-Tafel
  • RussianТабличка шевити
  • FrenchPlaque de Shiviti
  • DutchSjiviti
  • ItalianTarga con il versetto “Shiviti”
  • CzechŠiviti
  • HungarianSiviti tábla
  • SpanishPlaca shiviti
  • GreekΠινακίδα Σιβίτι
  • PolishPlakieta sziwiti
  • Arabicلوح “شبيتي”
  • Yiddishשיויתי
  • LadinoPlaka kon una inskripsyon


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Juhasz, Esther. “Luach ‘Shiwti’ Ba-Merchav Ha-Ashkenazi [The Shiviti Plaque in the Ashkenazi World].” Chut Shel Chen: Shay le-Chava Turnianski [A Touch of Grace: Studies in Ashkenazi Culture, Women’s History, and the Languages of the Jews: Presented to Chava Turnianski], ed. Israel Bartal et al., vol. 2, Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2013, pp. 423-70.

Juhasz, Esther. “The Other Side: Prayer Book Shivitis with Texts on the Back.” Windows on Jewish Worlds: Essays in Honor of William Gross, Collector of Judaica, ed. Shalom Sabar et al., Zutphen: Walburg Pers, 2019, pp. 95-109.

Nosek, Bedřich. “Synagogal Tablets from the Collections of the State Jewish Museum (Textual Analysis).” Judaica Bohemiae, vol. XVIII, no. 2, 1982, pp. 88-106.

Rodov, Ilia, M. “Hallucination Depicted: God’s Name on Shiviti Plates.” Sanctifying Texts, Transforming Rituals: Encounters with Religion and Culture, ed. Paul van Geest et al., Leiden: Brill, 2017, pp. 238-74.

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