The Magen David (shield of David,
or as it is more commonly known, the Star of David) is the symbol
most commonly associated with Judaism today, but it is actually
a relatively new Jewish symbol. It represents the shape of King
David's shield , but there is no support for that claim in any
early rabbinic literature.
Scholars have attributed deep theological
significance to the symbol. For example, some note that the top
triangle strives upward, toward God, while the lower triangle
strives downward, toward earth. The intertwining makes the triangles
inseparable, like the Jewish people.The three sides represent
the three types of Jews: Kohanim, Levites and Israel.
The symbol of intertwined equilateral triangles is a common
one in the Middle East and North Africa, and is thought to bring
good luck. It appears occasionally in early Jewish artwork.
In the middle ages, Jews often were
required to wear badges to identify themselves as Jews, much as
they were in Nazi Germany, but these Jewish badges were not always
the familiar Magen David.
In the 17th century, it became a
popular practice to put Magen Davids on the outside of synagogues,
to identify them as Jewish houses of worship in much the same
way that a cross identified a Christian house of worship.
The Magen David gained popularity
as a symbol of Judaism when it was adopted as the emblem of the
Zionist movement in 1897. When the modern state of Israel was
founded, there was much debate over whether this symbol should
be used on the flag.
the Magen David is a universally recognized symbol of Jewry. It appears
on the flag of the state of Israel, and the Israeli equivalent of
the Red Cross is known as the Magen David Adom.
The HEXAGRAM or SIX-POINTED STAR when surrounded by a circle, represents
the "divine mind" (a counterfeit of God's wisdom) to numerous
occult groups through the centuries. Many still use it in occult rituals.
But to Jewish people, it is their Star of David.
Hexagram is formed by uniting the Water Triangle with the Fire Triangle,
forming the six-pointed star, otherwise known as the Seal of Solomon
. This symbol is a counterfeit Star of David, the national symbol
of God's Chosen Nation, Israel. The difference is that this occult
seal is formed by the triangles interlocking, while the two triangles
of the Star of David lie flat against each other.