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Star of David - Two triangles of History and Identity
Author: G. L.

Published at: Makor 1 (Partially)

Date: May 13 2008

The Star of David may not have been conceived by Judaism, but it has been firmly adopted by world Jewry since time unknown. Every year, and this year especially, will see the Star of David appear on the flag of Israel cross-country as we celebrate our 60th day of anniversary. Most flags, will be manufactured in China no doubt, but in Israel they will create an outstanding revenue of millions of shekels. Municipalities will decorate their city streets (official financing), and civilians will decorate their balconies, while vendors will continue to make their turnovers in every street corner keeping a lookout for any prospective customer (black market revenue). One can freshen up with a FREE-GIFT flag from one of the advertisers or at his local supermarket, or he/she can purchase a flag for just a few shekels. Some will acquire a Star of David made of pure gold at a much higher cost, but what are the real facts stemming behind this symbolic star? Do they really all know? Whose Symbol are you? The Star of David is made up of two equilateral triangles placed on top the other, thus creating the structure of six triangles of equal size with a hexagon at its center. This shape has not always been the symbol of the Jewish nation, and it can also be located in the ancient sources of the far east and the Muslim texts. In our part of the world this beautiful shape had always been considered a type of decoration, and some believe it had its uses against the evil eye. The symbol can be found in ancient synagogues dating to the time of the Romans (the Second Temple period) but other symbols can be found there as well, which leads us to believe that the Star of David was not in particularly sacred in those days. According to the legends of the Jewish tradition, this symbol was promptly situated on the shields of King David himself when he went off to his wars… but this was never scientifically proven. Others claim that the Star received the name of David, as its six edges symbolize the six qualities for which Isaiah prophesied - a king that will be the offspring of Ishay, father of David: Isaiah 11: 1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; The combination "Star of David" is first mentioned in the Babylonian Talmud, as the ending passage from the Haftarah blessings: "Blessed are You - the Lord, the shield of David. Baruch atah Adonay, Magen David" A Triangle of Harmony Some scholars claim that the Star of David is shaped for the metaphysical constitution created by Abraham, Isac and Jacob, who were the first to recognize and draw from the SPIRITUAL ABUNDANCE. They are represented by the triangle which is situated downward and thus shaping the funnel; opposite are Joseph, Moses and Aharon who symbolize the system of the returning light (light which had descended and returns upwards). Thus the second triangle whose base is below builds upwards. The whole constitution creates a harmony of spirit, a spiritual connection and a shield for King David, which had begun the construction of the First Temple, and thus united Heaven with Earth. At the Center of the Talith (prayer shawl) The metamorphosis of the Talith had begun in the 1880's of the 1900's. In those years a few versions of the flag were put on display in the Holy Land and in Europe. The flag was designed under the inspiration of the Talith – white and blue with a blue Star of David at its center. The main turning point arose in 1897, when the first Zionist Congress adopted this version for the newly emerging Zionist movement. With the founding of the State certain controversies arose surrounding the flag: some argued for a seven Star flag, as Dr. Theodor Herzl's suggested in his brochure on "The Jewish State", and there were those who claimed for a yellow star in memory of the holocaust victims. Eventually the temporary State Council announced that the flag will be identical to the one chosen by the Zionist movement, and thus it remains to this day. Many of the Israelis and Jews around the world do not suffice with a simple raising of the flag on the Day of Independence, but choose to embrace it all year round as a pendant, close to their hearts. The Star of David has overpowered other symbols throughout ancient history and has become a symbol which signifies our national-Jewish identity. For each and every one of us, it is much more than a pretty decoration of two triangles.

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