Star of David
The Star of David (✡), known in Hebrew as the Shield of David or Magen David (Hebrew מָגֵן דָּוִד; Biblical Hebrew Māḡēn Dāwīḏ maːˈɣeːn daːˈwiːð]|, Tiberian mɔˈɣen dɔˈvið]|, Modern Hebrew maˈɡen daˈvid, Ashkenazi Hebrew and Yiddish Mogein Dovid ˈmɔɡeɪn ˈdɔvid] or Mogen Dovid), is a generally recognized symbol of modern Jewish identity and Judaism. Its shape is that of a hexagram, the compound of two equilateral triangles. Unlike the menorah, the Lion of Judah, the shofar and the lulav, the Star of David was never a uniquely Jewish symbol.
In terms of faith, the Star of David is now considered the premier symbol for both Judaism and the Jewish People. Both Islam and Christianity have, for several centuries, utilized this same icon for their own religious purposes, and it can be seen decorating countless Mosques and Churches throughout the world. Other non-Biblical religious faiths have also been known to employ the Star of David to some extent, especially in the East (Hinduism and Buddhism).
- It is time to remind Sharon that the Star of David belongs to all Jews, not to his repulsive Government. His actions are staining the Star of David with blood. The Jewish people, whose gifts to civilised discourse include Einstein and Epstein, Mendelssohn and Mahler, Sergei Eisenstein and Billy Wilder, are now symbolised throughout the world by the blustering bully Ariel Sharon, a war criminal implicated in the murder of Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila camps and now involved in killing Palestinians once again.
- We seek, and have, the support of the Church in what we do. At the head of the pilgrimage we carry La virgen de la Guadalupe because she is ours, all ours, Patroness of the Mexican people. We also carry the Sacred Cross and the Star of David because we are not sectarians, and because we ask the help and prayers of all religions.
- Cesar Chavez, The Plan of Delano (1965)
- It's erected as a war memorial. I assume it is erected in honor of all of the war dead. It's the — the cross is the — is the most common symbol of — of — of the resting place of the dead, and it doesn't seem to me — what would you have them erect? A cross — some conglomerate of a cross, a Star of David, and you know, a Moslem half moon and star?
- Antonin Scalia, Scalia's Stance That Cross Honors All Dead Strains Belief National Public Radio
- One picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery, and she had her head on the headstone of her son's grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards — Purple Heart, Bronze Star — showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old. And then, at the very top of the headstone, it didn't have a Christian cross, it didn't have the Star of David, it had crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, and he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he can go serve his country, and he gave his life.
- Like it or not, the Star of David represents Israel and its policies and is legitimately subject to any and all forms of non violent protest. To peacefully protest against Israel’s racist domestic and foreign policies is NOT ANTI-SEMITIC.
- According to one theory, the six-pointed 'shield of David' which adorns the modern Israeli flag, started to become a national symbol with David al-Roy's crusade. 'Ever since,' writes Baron, 'it has been suggested, the six-cornered "shield of David", theretofore mainly a decorative motif or a magical emblem, began its career toward becoming the chief national-religious symbol of Judaism. Long used interchangeably with the pentagram or the "Seal of Solomon", it was attributed to David in mystic and ethical German writings from the thirteenth century on, and appeared on the Jewish flag in Prague in 1527.’
- Arthur Koestler, The Thirteenth Tribe, page 137, Random House publishing, (first American edition), 1976.
"But as I gazed upon the Star of David, a sudden halo rose around its rays, and ever and anon a meteor shot from out of the silver veil. I read that there was trouble in the holy see; and now this boy, who has done a deed which-"
- Benjamin Disraeli, 'Miriam Alroy: A Romance of the Twelfth Century, p.460