Origin of The Star of David
The Star of David, a symbol first seen in writing in a 12th century work, has
become associated with the Jewish people and their sanctuaries. The symbol only
became heavily associated with Judaism when it was chosen as the emblem for the
Zionist movement in 1897.
Symbolism of The Star of David
The Star of David (in Hebrew Magen David- literally ‘shield of David’)
poetically refers to G-d. This six sided figure, often worn as Star of David
jewelry symbolizes that God rules over the universe and protects us from all
six directions: North, South, East, West, Up and Down with the middle of the
hexagram providing the spiritual dimension.
This symbol helps remind us that
despite our efforts to accomplish in this world, just like G-d decided that
King David would be successful in defeating armies much greater then his own,
so too G-d will help us accomplish our goals. This is why we say, “Blessed
are you G-d, Shield of David” in the third blessing recited over the reading
of the Prophets every Sabbath (read more about The Jewish Sabbath).
Another Interpretation of The Jewish Star of David
In Kabala, the two interlocking triangles represent the reciprocal relationship
between man and G-d. Our good deeds our represented by the triangle pointing
up to G-d and G-d reciprocates by allowing holiness and beneficence to flow
towards us. This is a deep message that when concentrated on and worn as a Jewish
Star necklace, which can help us feel like we are walking with our creator on
a daily basis.