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Jewish Star of David

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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.