Star of David origin

star of david origin

“But You God are a shield for me…” (Psalms 3:4). David refers here to God as being his ‘shield’. This brings us to the topic of the ‘Magen David’, [lit. shield of David] popularly know as ‘the Star of David’, and regarded as a symbol of Judaism. Strangely, there is no mention of this symbol or its meaning in any authoritative Jewish book.

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, in Igros Moshe (Orach Chaim Vol. 3, Res. 15) tells us that the most convincing source for this sign is David himself. For it is clear that David did not find security in battle from any armor or shield. Only in God did he find himself securely enveloped, invulnerable from every side - above and below, east, west, north, south, - six directions in all. Thus the six-pointed symbol stands for David’s true shield - God! Rabbi Feinstein concludes that for this reason this symbol, hallowed by centuries of traditional usage, should be respected, because it is meant to symbolize the eternal Jewish faith in God no matter what the adversity.

origin: Psalms - Vol. 1, Artscroll Tanach Series

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By Ericsson PARRY on June 16, 2013 -- 11:40am

Could you please tell me the difference between above and north, and south and below.

Thanks a lot and hoping to hear from you.

By Sarah on June 28, 2013 -- 1:38pm

In that case, the Star of David as we are familiar with is actually not accurate. It should be a 3-D star, with 4 points pointing up, down, right, and left and then one point pointing forward (toward the viewer) and one point pointing backward (behind the star.)
Which might be kind of painful when worn on a necklace.

By Shoshana on July 17, 2013 -- 5:06am

Very insightful. I once read, although regretfully do not remember what to source,an extension to this. Mentioned was that the triangles represent man and woman’s body shape; the wide “hipped” triangle for Chava having to bear children, and the wide “shouldered” for Adam having to reap the land. The closest form of G-dliness can be achieved by man and wife reproducing—representing Klal Yisroel in the formation of the star.

By Itzy on July 30, 2013 -- 5:54am

It cOmes from the two daleds in dovid name written in Ksav ivrei

By Stuart on December 25, 2013 -- 1:36am

How much research did you do?

Well, here is where it gets intriguing: M. Hirsch Goldberg in his book The Jewish Connection states: ” The Star of David is not of Jewish origin - and the ancient Israelites never used it as their religious symbol” (they used the Menorah or Seven Candlestick). So, why did the six-pointed star become known as the Jewish star? This symbol was widely adopted, not because the Jewish people chose it, but ironically because Adolph Hitler forced all Jews to wear a yellow six-pointed star during the holocaust. The word holocaust means burnt offering, and the six-pointed star was used in the past when burnt human sacrifices were offered to Moloch and Ashtoreth in Baal worship. The few Jews who had anything to do with the Six-Pointed star (hexagram) were those who were involved in occult practices. Back to Hitler, would he put anything good on a Jew? Hitler meant to insult and destroy the Jews, and being wrapped up in the occult (read the book, The Nazis and the Occult ), he may have meant the Jews to be his burnt offering for power. Today, most Jews wear this star by choice, and without thinking or checking out its origin and usage through time. Wearing the six-pointed star became a fashion.

By Nick on December 26, 2013 -- 6:33pm

That’s cool, but where does it really come from?

By Sid on January 5, 2014 -- 3:21pm

Isn’t it just possible that the mogen david is literally the form of the shield that david carried into battle?  It looks like an effective defensive and offensive weapon.

By Manasseh Zerubbabel Freemen on February 18, 2014 -- 1:45am

That star is an occult pagan symbol.
Consider even the Law and the Prophets:

Amos 5:26-
“But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.”

*Acts 7:43-
“Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.”

For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

By Avram Levitt on February 27, 2014 -- 12:56am

Very nice, except that the six pointed star had no connection to Judaism until less than a thousand years ago.

By saviour on March 9, 2014 -- 3:59pm

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By Gary Zone on July 5, 2014 -- 7:19pm

Many years ago when I was actually a young man, I travelled to India for six weeks. What I found interesting were buildings side-by-side, one sporting a “Star of David” (not Jewish) and the next sporting a swastika (which in India is a sign of good fortune). I think a swastika is also called a ‘ganesha’ after the elephant-headed god, Ganesh. The juxtaposition of these two symbols was somewhat eerie.

By rudy on September 30, 2014 -- 1:18pm

did some jews come from the caucasion mountains therefore not rea lly israilites. is the star of david another sign of ying yang male female

By DATGUY on November 23, 2014 -- 11:24am


By Andrew Rahiria on December 17, 2014 -- 10:46pm

We started worshiping in Jews Judaism way about 3 years ago in the province here in Papua New Guinea
and we studied the TORAH recite SHAMA and we also wear the Pray Shawel and Kipa when we mak aliah to read the TORAH the men involved in that while the women and girls usually wear viels when attending the Judasim Fellowship we also have with us the DAVID STAR FLAGS displaying all around our building for we know that the STAR OF KING DAVID is our protection from ADONAI THE HOLY AND MIGHTY GOD OF ISRAEL

By la cushlah shan baro on December 24, 2014 -- 9:58pm

Excellent!really really interesting.!i have a star of david!!! So glad the real shield is faith! I have an interest in judism.i look forward to reading and learning more!.

By Nissi on January 24, 2015 -- 1:03pm

It’s the star of Molech.

By michaela on February 23, 2015 -- 8:15pm

why was the star od david important to the jews

By michaela on March 2, 2015 -- 11:13pm

what was the importance of the star of david

By Alfred villarreal on April 10, 2015 -- 8:11pm

Why is their so much controversy about the Star of David its origin being a sexual symbol of satan installed by Solomon and the Rothschild owners of land back in the days

By Janice A Hutton on April 17, 2015 -- 7:06pm

our step-son is Jewish. His name is FEINBERG. I’d like to crochet it with cotton thread as a wall hanging. I’d like to do the Jewish letters.  Can you help me with a chart of some sort?  I’d be so grateful.

By Robert k remel on May 2, 2015 -- 1:13am

Finally a PRO-ISRAEL answer!!  My oh my do the G-d “loving christians” love to attack this mystic and beautiful symbol of G-d’s people.

By eliahou on May 3, 2015 -- 3:29pm

see in enceclopedia judaica, Kountrass, Google, Gershom Scholem about Tobias Foa Printer Mark…

By Sassy Loffy on May 24, 2015 -- 6:27am

Can you write more about the meaning of STAR OF DAVID.

By Brad Watson, Miami on June 20, 2015 -- 4:13pm

The Star of David is a 6-pointed star with 7 polygons. This is a BIG example of the FIG=6|7 code - google that.

Magen(40=M13+A1+G7+E5+N14) David(40=D4+A1+V22+I9+D4) is exposed by Simple(6,74) English(7,74) Gematria(8,74) and ‘the key’(74) of A=1, B=2 ... Z=26. The sacred #40 came about from the ancients observing the naked-eye pattern of the Planet Venus 40-year-cycle with a 40-day regression.

By hannah on June 24, 2015 -- 10:51am

this gave me so much information about the star of david

By LOURDES CLEMENTE on September 4, 2015 -- 6:13pm

I was pondering about the jewish star one day. I was starring at the intricate weave, the Lord Jesus seemed to say to me.  Close the top and bottom angles.  wWith my mind I did.  I was left with a horizontal bar and two across.  Then as if He said to me now lift the bottom bar and place it on top of the other one .  I saw the cross revealed in the star and hidden when the star is opened.  I was left in shock!  My tears went down my cheeks.  I thought it was awesome!  What do you think about that?  Has anyone ever experienced anything like that? Lourdes Clemente.

By Stan Current on October 29, 2015 -- 12:24am

God can be a shield for us to protect us from others, even if they attack us from all sides.

But He can also be a shield to protect us from the evil within us.

We merely need to ask, unlike King David.

How else can we remain faithful and keep His laws of love and Holy Word as He intended?

The golden rule is the golden path to God and Heaven in treating others as we’d want to be.

We have to understand why we don’t.

Prophets have forever been sent like the wild horsemen from the north when we fail. Even then, the heroine Judith knew that God will do with us as He pleases, as the blameless Job suffered.

God can be mean. But that is His prerogative. He will test and tempt us despite our prayers that we might realize the evil in us.

The Ambivalence of the Sacred is evident, as well as our own. God knows His.  He just needs us to see ours to have repentance and remission. He put the serpent in the garden that we might have knowledge of the good and evil in us.

Noah suffered this serpent in his darkness.

Why would Moses raise this serpent up?

Can the cure for the disease be the disease itself?

Who knows how much good and evil they are capable of?

The prophet Micaiah warned long ago to know what spirits can come out of us. They will claim us. God will harden hearts and send lying, deceptive spirits and dreams if we fail to realize our vice, vanity or any iniquity as He did with Ahab.

God’s Beloved thrust Him out of his heart to take the wife of his loyal general Uriah and cause his death. This despite his harem of wives.

Why didn’t King David ask God’s help with his desire for Bathsheba?

Who can hope for a prophet Nathan?

Even then, despite King David’s repentance and punishment, virgin girls were put in with him on his deathbed.

Why not his wives?

God revealed Himself to King David not just as a shield, but as God. The union of the Above and Below is a union of the good and evil within us, which we can know if we seek to know the good and evil that they might come together.

Who can be wise as serpents and have knowledge or gnosis of good and evil in us?

By amy on November 9, 2015 -- 10:52am

hi this is very good thank you

By Dereje on December 31, 2015 -- 3:40pm

The David Star has Its own Unique way Of to open and close as in ancient times Before christ in some parts of the world like Hinduism.This days I have found This special Key to Open and No one Shuts to Close and No one Opens.This key needs Some amount Of moneY to Invest on and Unfortunately I have No Income to invest ,only what I had is the wisdom.So any body who is interested can contact me and Look interesting Phenomenons around the world and also cosmic importance.

By John on February 3, 2016 -- 3:22am

It’s not a comment but a question.
Is it appropriate to put a cross on any pyramid?
I really need an answer.
      Thank you

By John mashabela on February 8, 2016 -- 7:01pm

Is the six point star really holly?

By JEW PERSON on February 28, 2016 -- 11:42pm


By pyrocynical on March 3, 2016 -- 11:37pm

kill yourself

By dominick on March 15, 2016 -- 8:15pm

it sucks deez nutz for life bitch

By hi:D on March 28, 2016 -- 10:07pm


By Trish Reed on March 30, 2016 -- 2:49am

Is it disrespectful for Christians to wear the Star of David?

By Linda on April 1, 2016 -- 9:49am

According to scripture the “star of David” appears to have come from idol worship, as even the Christmas tree for the non jewish, tradition does not over ride God’s word.

By Name on April 6, 2016 -- 5:48pm


By jayy on April 19, 2016 -- 7:36pm


By bob on May 7, 2016 -- 10:19pm

this tells nothing

By Al Ansley on May 16, 2016 -- 9:47pm

Dear S2R,

Regarding the idea that the true shield and protector of king david was God himself, can it be explained how and why a six pointed star became the symbol for God?

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