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The Star of David

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.

Today, 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.

The 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.


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