Star Of David Essay

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The Jews lived near the “fertile crescent” in Israel. They fought the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans. The menorah served as the primary Jewish symbol from antiquity until the past Renaissance period not the “Jewish Star”. During the Holocaust, the Nazi’s chose the yellow star as an identifying badge required on their garments. The Star of David can also be referred to as “Solomon 's Seal,” the “Magen David” and the “Shield of David”. In addition to Solomon 's ring, Jewish magical texts spoke of a magical shield possessed by King David to protect him from his enemies. It appears on Synagogues, Jewish tombstones, and the flag of Israel. Jews began to look for a symbol to represent themselves comparable to the cross used by Christians during the…show more content…
In 1354, Emperor Charles the fourth of Frague granted the Jews of his city the privilege of displaying their own flag on state occasions. In the 17th century it became a popular practice to put the Star of David on the outside of Synagogues to identify themselves as Jewish houses of worship. In the Middle Ages and during the holocaust Jews were forced to wear a badge to identify themselves as Jews. In the 17th century Prague was the first to use the Star of David as it’s official symbol. It was universally adopted in the 19th century as the Judaism symbol. It’s only achieved its status within the last 200 years. “Although scholars have attempted to trace the star of David back to King David himself no Jewish literature of artifacts document this claim.” (http://www.shamash.org/lists/scj-faq/HTML/faq/11-09-02.html). In failed attempts to trace the star back to the Star of David, some historians trace it back to Rabbi Akica nd Bar Bokhba (“son the star”). Sometimes the Jews recieved news about sabotage against the Nazi’s. The star gained additional popularity as a symbol to the JEws when it was adopted as the emblem of the Zionist in 1892. The star has been the most commonly known of the Jewish faith since

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