The Star of David (Magen David in Hebrew) or the Shield of David, also known as the "Seal of Solomon", is a generally recognized symbol of Judaism and Jewish identity. With the establishment of the state of Israel the Star of David on the flag of Israel has also become a symbol of Israel. Red Magen David (Red Star Of David) is Israel's only official emergency medical services body, similar to the Red Cross and the Red Crescent.
The shape of the Star of David is an example of the hexagram, a symbol which has significance for many beliefs and the use of the hexagram pre-dates the use by Jews. Actually the Star of David is rarely used in Jewish literature and artwork, and it is commonly thought of a new age symbol for Jews. There are some that speculate and attribute theological significance to the symbol combining the upward and lower facing facets of the Star. For the most part there is no real basis or historical fact that supports these theories.
The Star of David began showing up in artwork early on. In "Eshkol Ha Kofer", a literary source, mentions the Shield of David in the middle of the 12th century CE, where seven Shields are used in an amulet for a Mezuzah. It appears to have been in use as part of amulets before it was in use in formal Jewish contexts. Over the years the Star of David has been used in the Menorah and Star of David Necklaces, Bracelets and Handmade Jewelry is very popular the world over. The Hexagram is a Mandala symbol found in ancient Indian temples built thousands of years ago. It symbolizes the "Nara-Narayana", or perfect meditative state of balance between man and God, and results in "Moksa", or "Nirvana" (release from the bounds of the earthly world). Some researchers have theorized that the Star of David represents the astrological chart at the time of David's Birth or anointment as king. The Star of David is also known as the "King's Star".
There are various versions of "Kabbalah" and the Star of David, arranging the Ten spheres in it, and placing it on Amulets. In terms of the Kabbalah (Book of Zohar), the Star of David symbolizes the six directions of space plus the center: Up, Down, East, West, South, North, and Center.
The popular folk tale has it that the Star of David is literally modeled after the shield of the young Israelite David (later to be King David). The Star of David can be found on the tombstones of religious Jews going back hundreds of years in Europe. Use by Christians; most Christians, especially independent Anglicans, Baptists, and other Protestant are supportive of the nation of Israel, and, one may see the Star of David or other Jewish symbols in their churches, and Stained Glass windows. The first appearance of the symbol in Jewish scriptures was in oriental Kabbalistic writings.
The Star of David is also used by Arabs, the Arabs and Muslims were interested in arithmetics, and strongly drawn to biblical tales. One of the most important persons in Arab literature was King Solomon and it is possible the King Solomon Seal was altered in the Arab tales. The Islamic Turkish beyliks of the Karamanid Dynasties used the Star of David on their flag, even today, the Star can be found in Mosques and on other Arabic artifacts.
Six pointed Stars have also been found in cosmological diagrams in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
Our large selection of Judaica Gifts includes Bat Mitzvah Gifts, Bar Mitzvah Gifts, Jewish Wedding Gifts, Menorahs and Mezuzah Cases that all include the Star of David.
This is a quick selection of some Jewish Jewelry by the Israeli artists Ester Shahaf, Michal David, MIZZE and Laly: