samedi 16 février 2013


The star of David, or magen David "Shield of David" is a six-pointed star formed from two equilateral triangles. It takes its name from the tradition that David carried a hexagram shaped shield during his defeat Goliath. The most secret aspects of the Taoist symbol traced symbol for Yin and Yang. The hexagram is highly suggestive of a substantial unity and a union of opposites and is a powerful symbol of the macrocosm (God, the universe or higher energies), and the relationship between the macrocosm and the microcosm (mankind, Earth or human actions) . Some note that the combination makes the triangles inseparable, like the Jews. Some say that the three sides represent the three types of Jews: Kochanim, Levites and Israel. While these theories are theologically interesting and have little basis in historical fact.

The symbol has strong connections with the Kavalismo with the upward triangle (the symbol of the element of fire) representing the desired intent of humans to reach or return to sulfur, and the downward triangle (the symbol of the element water), indicating the descent of the divine. Where these two meet in the center of the star, a point of balance and beauty achieved.

The Star of David is sometimes known as star of the author, in which each of the six points represents a day of the week and the center corresponds to the Sabbath. It is a strong symbol of Jewish identity remained strong because even during the Nazi persecution, the Jews were forced to wear a yellow hexagram as an identifier. The star was incorporated into the flag of the State of Israel in 1948.

The Magen David (Shield of David, as it is commonly known, the Star of David) is the symbol associated with Judaism today, but it is actually a relatively new Jewish symbol. Supposedly represents the Shield of David (or perhaps this banner), but there is really no mention about it in any early rabbinical literature. In fact, the symbol is very rare in early Jewish literature and artwork of the Jews.

The symbol of the combined equilateral triangles is common in the Middle East and North Africa, and is thought to bring good luck. Appears occasionally in early Jewish artwork, but never as an exclusively Jewish symbol.

In the 17th century, it became a popular practice to put the symbol outside of synagogues, to identify them as Jewish temples of worship in much the same way that a cross identifies a Christian church for Christians. There is not any explanation why this symbol was selected from a different symbol.

The Star of David gained popularity as a Jewish symbol, when it was adopted as the emblem of the Zionist movement in 1897, but the symbol continued to be controversial for many years. When the modern state Israel was founded, there was much debate over whether this symbol should be used on the flag.

Today, the Star of David is a universally recognized Jewish symbol. Appears on the flag of Israel and the Jewish symbol of the Red Cross is known as the Magen David Adom.

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