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What Is the Mystical Significance of the Star of David?

What Is the Mystical Significance of the Star of David?

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The Zohar (3:73a) states, “There are three knots connecting [three entities] one to another: the Holy One, blessed be He; Torah; and Israel.” The Jewish soul connects to its Creator through the study and observance of Torah. The triangle represents the connection between these three entities.1

The essence of the soul connects with G‑d’s essence through the study of the teachings of Kabbalah

These three entities are each comprised of a pnimiyut (inner dimension) and a chitzoniyut (external dimension). The Torah is comprised of both exoteric teachings (the Talmud, Jewish law, etc.) as well as esoteric teachings (the Kabbalah). G‑d’s “revealed” 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 G‑d2) has a revealed element, that level that expresses itself within and vivifies the body, as well as an essence that transcends the body.

The double triangle of the Star of David (Magen David) symbolizes the connection of both dimensions of G‑d, Torah and Israel: the external level of the soul connects to the external expression of G‑d via studying the exoteric parts of Torah; the essence of the soul connects with G‑d’s essence through the study and application of the teachings of Kabbalah.


Another explanation:

Kabbalah teaches that G‑d created the world with seven spiritual building blocks—His seven “emotional” attributes. Accordingly, the entire creation is a reflection of these seven foundational attributes.

They are: chesed (kindness), gevurah (severity), tiferet (harmony), netzach (perseverance), hod (splendor), yesod (foundation) and malchut (royalty).

These attributes are divided into three columns: right, center and left:

Gevurah

Tiferet

Chesed

Hod

Yesod

Netzach

 

Malchut

 

Correspondingly, the Star of David contains seven compartments—six peaks protruding from a center.

The upper right wing is chesed.

The upper left wing is gevurah.

Correspondingly, the star contains seven compartments—six peaks protruding from a center

The upper center peak is tiferet. Kabbalah teaches that tiferet finds its source in keter, “the Crown,” which is infinitely higher than all the divine attributes which are involved in the “mundane” pursuit of creating worlds.

The lower right wing is netzach.

The lower left wing is hod.

The center is yesod. Yesod is “Foundation,” and as such, all the other attributes are rooted in, and rise from, this attribute.

The star’s bottom that descends from its belly is malchut—the attribute that absorbs the energies of the higher six attributes and uses them to actually descend and create everything—and to “reign” over them.

FOOTNOTES
1.

The fact that in a triangle each of the three corners are connect to the two other ones demonstrates that the Jewish soul is itself knotted to G‑d. Torah study and observance doesn’t create a connection between the Jew and G‑d—it merely brings it to light.

2.

As it is stated in Job (19:26), “From my flesh I can perceive G‑d.”

Rabbi Naftali Silberberg is a writer, editor, and director of the curriculum department at the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. Rabbi Silberberg resides in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife Chaya Mushka and their three children.
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June 8, 2014
A lot of discussion on the true meaning of the Star of David in my circles. I want to get down to the nitty gritty of it. Thank you for this info. And yes, poster below, Jews need to start having lot's of kids.
Carolina
Los Angeles
May 20, 2014
Star of David and the 12 Tribes
I have read that the 12 edges of the Star of David correspond to the 12 tribes of Israel and if so are they each associated with a particular edge? I can't seem to find this information anywhere. Thank you in advance.
Eleivana
Oregon
April 12, 2014
PROTECTION
I carved several in my arms with an exacto- knife while being tortured in the USA.
With prayer and Torah Study I was able to hang on for life.
Felice Debra Eliscu
Vail, AZ
November 5, 2013
RE; Population
we Jews have the lowest birthrate in the world. If the Jew doesn't start bearing larger families, we will slowly fade away as a race of people...........
ken barkowsky
Bronx NY
September 3, 2013
Star of David
I was 10 years old, when a brother to my grandfather who I never met said," From the eyes of a grandmother [3] your Jewish. Roger- can be French, Frank is French, and your last name, is a name you hide behind. Armstrong, Forbes, Mac Master, your Jewish grandmothers can be found, in the Marsh as well. The Star of David, David is not the Star, the 7 tribes are, and those 7 tribes represent 7 mothers. The knowledge of life is in the stars, and the rigging connects to us. " Keep this under your hat, "he said.
Anonymous
July 12, 2013
Star of David
I was once taught this.

A triangle is formed by writing the first ten letters of the aleph-bet.
A letter is removed from the middle giving a line of 9 letters, which is them placed below the first line with indent.
This is done successively until a line with one letter, א.

We now have a triangle with alephs down one side.
Another triangle is them formed from inverting the first triangle.

The triangle are them imposed on one another to form the star.
The alephs denote Hashem.

This star, denoting that Hashem is in front of us, was used by David Hamelech when he went into battle.

Can anyone tell me the source of this?

I was taught this over 50 years ago and cannot remember the source.
Jethro Cadbury
Glastonbury, UK
May 8, 2013
Thanks
Thank you, very informative.

Rev John L Kennedh
53094
March 26, 2013
Significence of the Star of David
I liked all the explanations. Very interesting!
Angela Safonoff
Arizona, USA
March 2, 2013
RE: Idolatry and Venerating symbols:
In the same way that symbols only symoblize, a metaphor is not reality, the map is not the actual place- so too a 6 pointed star shape is only that. In the context of Jewish tradition, it is a teaching tool that helps us understand our real relationship to G-d and the Laws given to us alluded to by the geometric shape. One of the fundamental principles of Judaism is to grow beyond veneration of symbols, icons, statues, objects of devotion, etc as that is precisely what Judaism is not as explicated in Torah. Please refer to first paragraph of R. Silberberg's excellent article.

"The triangle represents the connection between these three entities."
Judy
Olam Hazeh
chabadiowacity.com
February 28, 2013
I love the meaning that has been ascribed by your write-up to the Star of David.How can this Magen David mystic be related to the scriptures,precisely the Law and the prophets? Is the symbol an object to be venerated just like the Ark of Covenant was?
Miriam
nigeria
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