why does the star of david have six points
In modern times, the Star of David has become a premier Jewish symbol. This six-pointed star (hexagram), made of two interlocking triangles, can be found on mezuzahs, menorahs, tallis bags and kipot. Ambulances in Israel bear the sign of the Red Star of David, and the flag of Israel has a blue Star of David planted squarely in the center. What is the origin of this six-pointed symbol? The six points symbolize God's rule over the universe in all six directions. Through the Jewish people's long and often difficult history, we have come to the realization that our only hope is to place our trust in God. The six points of the Star of David symbolize God's rule over the universe in all six directions: north, south, east, west, up and down. Originally, the Hebrew name
Magen David Б literally Shield of David Б poetically referred to God. It acknowledges that our military hero, King David, did not win by his own might, but by the support of the Almighty. This is also alluded to in the third blessing after the Haftorah reading on Shabbat: Blessed are you God, Shield of David. Suggested Symbolism So when did the Star of David become adopted as a Jewish symbol? It is not referred to in the Bible or the Talmud, and was apparently adopted later in Jewish history. Still by exploring some various explanations on the meaning behind the Star of David, we can appreciate deep Jewish concepts.
One idea is that a six-pointed star receives form and substance from its solid center. This inner core represents the spiritual dimension, surrounded by the six universal directions. (A similar idea applies to Shabbat Б the seventh day which gives balance and perspective to the six weekdays. ) In Kabbalah, the two triangles represent the dichotomies inherent in man. In Kabbalah, the two triangles represent the dichotomies inherent in man: good vs. evil, spiritual vs. physical, etc. The two triangles may also represent the reciprocal relationship between the Jewish people and God. The triangle pointing up symbolizes our good deeds which go up to heaven, and then activate a flow of goodness back down to the world, symbolized by the triangle pointing down. Some note that the Star of David is a complicated interlocking figure which has not six (hexogram) but rather 12 (dodecogram) sides. One can consider it as composed of two overlapping triangles or as composed of six smaller triangles emerging from a central hexogram. Like the Jewish people, the star has 12 sides, representing the 12 tribes of Israel. A more practical theory is that during the Bar Kochba rebellion (first century), a new technology was developed for shields using the inherent stability of the triangle. Behind the shield were two interlocking triangles, forming a hexagonal pattern of support points. (Buckminster Fuller showed how strong triangle-based designs are with his geodesics. ) One cynical suggestion is that the Star of David is an appropriate symbol for the internal strife that often afflicts Jewish nation: two triangles pointing in opposite directions!
The Star of David was also a sad symbol of the Holocaust. The Star of David was a sad symbol of the Holocaust, when the Nazis forced Jews to wear an identifying yellow star. Actually, Jews were forced to wear special badges during the Middle Ages, both by Muslim and Christian authorities, and even in Israel under the Ottoman Empire. So whether it is a blue star waving proudly on a flag, or a gold star adorning a synagogue's entrance, the Star of David stands as a reminder that for the Jewish people. in God we trust. (3:73a) states, БThere are three knots connecting [three entities] one to another: the Holy One, blessed be He;. Б The Jewish soul connects to its Creator through the study and observance of Torah. The triangle represents the connection between these three entities. These three entities are each comprised of a (inner dimension) and a chitzoniyut (external dimension). The Torah is comprised of both exoteric teachings (the, Jewish law, etc. ) as well as esoteric teachings (the Kabbalah). GБdБs БrevealedБ energy permeates and provides existence to all worlds, but His essence is completely hidden, transcending all of creation.
Similarly, the soul (which is a reflection of GБd ) has a revealed element, that level that expresses itself within and vivifies the body, as well as an essence that transcends the body. (Magen David) symbolizes the connection of both dimensions of GБd, Torah and Israel: the external level of the soul connects to the external expression of GБd via studying the exoteric parts of Torah; the essence of the soul connects with GБdБs essence through the study and application of the teachings of Kabbalah. Kabbalah teaches that GБd created the world with seven spiritual building blocksБHis seven БemotionalБ attributes. Accordingly, the entire creation is a reflection of these seven foundational attributes. They are: (kindness), (severity), (harmony), (perseverance), (splendor), (foundation) and (royalty). These attributes are divided into three columns: right, center and left: Correspondingly, the Star of David contains seven compartmentsБsix peaks protruding from a center. The upper right wing is chesed. The upper left wing is gevurah. Correspondingly, the star contains seven compartmentsБsix peaks protruding from a center The upper center peak is tiferet. Kabbalah teaches that tiferet finds its source in, Бthe Crown,Б which is infinitely higher than all the divine attributes which are involved in the БmundaneБ pursuit of creating worlds.
The lower right wing is netzach. The lower left wing is hod. The center is yesod. Yesod is БFoundation,Б and as such, all the other attributes are rooted in, and rise from, this attribute. The starБs bottom that descends from its belly is malchut Бthe attribute that absorbs the energies of the higher six attributes and uses them to actually descend and create everythingБand to БreignБ over them. The six-pointed star is the Creator's Star or Star of Creation. Its six points stand for the six days of creation, and are also represent the six attributes of God: power, wisdom, majesty, love, mercy and justice. This star is the same as the Star of David, a symbol of Judaism modern-day Israel. The six-pointed star is of ancient origin and is used in many other religions with a variety of meanings. Related Bible Verses In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1, NIV). By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command. (Hebrews 11:3a, NIV). Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10, NKJV). See also: 4-point star, 5-point star, 8-point star (right), and 9-point star, and 12-point star. References - Symbols in Christian Art by Walter E. Gast. - The Story of Our Symbols. Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sterling, Illinois.
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