What does the Star of David symbolize?


by Dana Nasi August 07, 2017 13 Comments

The Star of David is the most common symbol for expressing Jewish identity in our times. The earliest known Star of David dates to the 6th Century BCE. What is the significance of the Star of David?

The Star of David, which is known in Hebrew as a Magen David, is the most common symbol for expressing Jewish identity in our times. From the Israeli flag to Israeli Air Force planes to the Magen David Adom ambulance service, the Star of David features prominently in today’s Jewish life. Even though in antiquity the menorah that once stood in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem was the main Jewish symbol, since 17th century Europe, the Star of David has been the main Jewish symbol. This intensified after 1897, when the Star of David was formally adopted by the Zionist Movement. But what does the Star of David symbolize?

Some claim that the Star of David symbolizes King David’s shield, although there is no rabbinical support for that claim. Some profess that it is connected to Rabbi Akiva and the Bar Kochba Revolt against the Romans, while there is also little support for this as well. Additionally, there is a legend connecting it to the Seal of King Solomon, which was used to control spirits and demons. Others stated that the upper triangle in the Star of David strives upwards towards G-d while the lower triangle is faced towards the real world that we live in. Still others claim that the three triangles in the Star of David represents three types of Jews: the Kohanim, the Levites and the Israelites. However, none of these theories are backed up by history or the Jewish faith.

The Zohar offers a different idea. According to the Zohar, “There are three knots connecting to one another: the Holy One blessed be he, the Torah and Israel.” The Jewish soul connects to G-d through the study and observance of the Torah; the triangle in the Star of David represents the connection between these three. Since the Torah contains both exoteric teachings (Talmud, Jewish law, etc.) and esoteric teachings (Kabbalah), the double triangle of the Star of David symbolizes the connections between G-d’s revealed energy and hidden essence, the souls revealed elements and the essence that transcends the body as well as the different dimensions of G-d, the Torah and Israel.

Another explanation for the meaning behind the Star of David can be found in the Kabballah, which teaches that G-d created the world with seven spiritual building blocks that include kindness, severity, harmony, perseverance, splendor, foundation and royalty. Since the Star of David contains seven compartments, it is suggested that the Star of David represents these.

It is critical to note that equilateral triangles are a common symbol in the Middle East and North Africa, where it is believed that they bring good luck. In this region, people think that the upward triangle represents female sexuality and the lower triangle represents male sexuality; combined, they symbolize harmony and unity. The earliest known Star of David dates to the 6th Century BCE in the Holy Land. It was next used eight centuries later inside a Capernaum synagogue but only since the 1800’s was the Star of David a universally recognized symbol of Judaism

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Silver Eagle
Silver Eagle

November 06, 2017

Some bloggers say David did not have a star and they quote Amos, but not Andy ! Then Moe goes to the Book of Acts, but does not quote anything from the Sound of Music, or My Fair Lady. What nonsense! I wasn’t there and I don’t know whether David had a star, or whether Jesus walked on water. However the star representing the Hebrew/ Jewish people have been passed down thru the ages, pogroms, holocausts, inquisitions. All the world has accepted the star as being Davids, despite what Amos (and Andy say.) So Moe, find some other cause to champion. Perhaps circumcision is more your style……………

Steve Edelman
Steve Edelman

August 27, 2017

It is cruelly cynical to use the cross, a symbol of the torture of millions, as a sign of faith while criticizing others for wearing their own signs of faith. I wear a kippah, which has elicited hateful statements about me such as, “You are going to Hell” or “You cannot be saved.” Wear a Star of David with pride. Display your faith because you love it

EMILIO
EMILIO

August 08, 2017

Well I have been using the Start over 30 + years by now, always falled in Love with equilater triangulo’ s at the beginning was not aware of the simbology, later did new the origin is esoteric in essence since always brought my attention my Mother gave it to me as a gift so love my Star and will continue to ware it, regardless of been an esoteric simbol wether it uses don’t believe is a satanic symbol, contrary its a majestic simbol of protection and divine connection. Not a rare thing that Satan may used a.divine symbol he knows the divine origin of it, however perhaps the cruzz is a satanic symbol. So therefore will shall continue wearing my two triangulos. Love it, not Jew, but love Israel and always will. ????

Moe
Moe

August 08, 2017

King David never ever had a star. There was a star which Jews used in the days of old, but it has nothing to do with David and everything to do with satan. Let us go to Amos chapter 5 verse 25-27 which says ," …25"Did you present Me with sacrifices and grain offerings in the wilderness for forty years, O house of Israel? 26"You also carried along Sikkuth your king and Kiyyun, your images, the star of your gods which you made for yourselves. 27"Therefore, I will make you go into exile beyond Damascus," says the LORD, whose name is the God of hosts.….‘’ LET US NOW GO TO THE BOOK OF ACTS CHAPTER 7 WHICH STATES ," 43You took along the tent of Moloch and the star of your god Rephan, the idols you made to worship. Therefore I will carry you away beyond Babylon.’’. THEREFORE THIS STAR DOESNT BELONG TO DAVID NEITHER IS IT OF GOD, BUT OF SATAN. THIS IS THE STAR OF MOLECH AND THE SATANIC GOD REPHAN WHOM THE ISRAELITES WORSHIPPED. THIS VERY STAR BTW IS CARVED ON MANY PAGAN TEMPLES IN EGYPT, MESOPOTAMIA/BABYLON, GREECE, ECT… EVEN THE SATWNIC OCCULTIC TEMPLES OF THE ANCIENT AMERICAS, THIS EVIL STAR IS FOUND ON MANY ARTIFACTS AS WELL SO PLEASE, STOP DECEIVING PEOPLE AND STATE THE BIBLICAL TRUTH

Michael Jeans
Michael Jeans

January 10, 2017

How can one say this is a wicked symbol. I love Israel and its people and when I display the Israeli flag or wear the Star of David I am declaring my love and support for Israel. I am a Christian and I love Israel and the Jewish people. Nothing more, nothing less.

Meade Fitz
Meade Fitz

September 14, 2016

The symbol, Star of David, is what one wants it to be….we have free agency…..I believe, is as in Heaven so shall it be on earth…Israel, GODS chosen people……it signifies connection ………I love Israel………………………..

Andreas
Andreas

August 29, 2016

Its the star of Remphan, or Seal of Solomon if you like. We all know what happened to Solomon I suppose.
Its an old occult symbol that has nothing to do with judaism and nothing to do with G_d the Creator.
Today satanists hold it as the most powerful satanic symbol, more powerful than the pentagram.

Who is your G_d? The Creator or lucifer?

Pinny
Pinny

May 09, 2016

The Magen David has 12 points where the lines meet or intersect. 0ne at the top, one at the bottom, 4 on each of the horizontal lines, and 2 in the middle, for a total of 12 – representing the 12 tribes of Israel.

PropheticExplorer
PropheticExplorer

April 11, 2016

Congratulations clueless Christians, you are wearing the most wicked of occult symbols. Satan must be laughing his butt off at you.

Jehoshaphat Harvest Summer
Jehoshaphat Harvest Summer

April 10, 2016

Is a sign of the son of man

Jean Pruitt
Jean Pruitt

April 10, 2016

I love my Magen David, from my trip to Israel in ‘06, I wear it all the time…..I’m not Jewish, but I must have been in another life……❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Nakedi
Nakedi

April 10, 2016

I agree with what Zohar and Kabbalah implies, and through these I also think the star talks to the phrase “As above, so below”. Even how Keter, Chesed and Gevurah, interacts with Chokhmah, Bina and Tifferet or how Chesed, Gevurah and Yesod interacts with Daat, Netzach and Hod.

Linda
Linda

April 09, 2016

Thank you for this article!!! I love Star of D and I love Israel!
I bought a week ago a Star of David – http://www.starofd.com/collections/star-of-david-magen-david/products/star-of-david-bracelet-with-natural-emerald-pear-shape
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