... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)

26
June
2012

David's Shield: nót the 'star of david'! - Israeli symbol?

Israeli symbol?

How did this symbol with mystical meaning become a symbol of Judaism and of Jewish identity? The use of the symbol itself in the period after the history of the biblical times, started probably from medieval times, 11th to 12th century, as a Jewish protective amulet. A so called segulot. But, it isn't until the 17th century that this symbol became generally recognized as a symbol representing Judaism and the Jewish community. And by 18th century it represented the Jewish people both in secular, that is in politics, as in religious context. It appeared more and more on Synagogues and on Jewish tomb stones in Europe. The French Revolution - a radical social and political upheaval in France 1789-1799, which had a great impact on France and on whole Europe - contributed to the emancipation of Jews whom started to use the symbol as a representation for their communities.

In the 19th century the Zionist Movement adopted it as its symbol at the First Zionist Congress in 1897, and other Jewish organizations soon followed. Even though this symbol was used by the Nazis as a way of repression of the Jewish people during the 20th century, it continued to be used by the Jews and some wear it with pride. Since the State of Israel became a fact in 1948, it's depicted on the Israeli National Flag.

There are Orthodox Jewish groups that rejects this symbol because of, amongst other reasons, its association with magic, the occult. While many modern Orthodox Jews as well as many secular Jews and organizations accept this symbol. Of course everyone who picks this symbol up in which ever way, for which ever reason has his own personal responsibility.

Question is: should the symbol of the hexagram continue to be used to refer to the Israeli people and/or to be used by them on their national flag and even worse on their synagogues which are places of worship to the God of Israel whom prohibited the practice of the occult in the laws he gave the Israelites in the first place?

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: King David