|We are happy to introduce you to several prominent Jewish symbols in
the Jewish religion and culture. Jewish symbols have grown out of the
long history of the Jewish people. Jewish symbols have played big role
in bonding the Jewish nation that has been scattered all around the
world over the last two millenniums. The use of Jewish symbols has
reaffirmed the collective identity of the Jewish people for many
generations. The various ritual objects have enriched the cultural and
social lives adding meaning to religious customs and the daily lives. |
So what are the most commonly known Jewish symbols and what
do they stand for? In addition to holding religious significance, some
Jewish symbols play a key role in Israel's national identity. A great
example is the Star of David, undoubtedly one of the most famous Jewish
symbols. The bible tells us that David's shield was in the shape of a
star and was used to protect him in the battlefield.
Today, the Star of David is believed to protect the ones who
wear it around their necks, the main reason why this famous symbol is
featured in so many jewelry and accessories such as pendants and
earrings. Since the Star of David decorates the national flag of the
state of Israel, today it is understood that the Star of David has
transcended its religious connotation and now symbolizes the deep
connection between Israel and the Israeli people.
The Western Wall is definitely among the most commonly known Jewish
symbols and contributes to the Israeli national identity. The Western
Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall or the Kotel, is one of most
significant religious site for the Jewish people today.
King Solomon built the first temple in Jerusalem more than 2,000 years
ago. A few hundred years later, this sacred temple was destroyed by the
Babylonians leaving only the western wall intact. Miraculously, the
western wall has survived the destruction of the second temple as well.
Since then, the Western Wall has become a symbol for divine protection
and hope of the Jewish people to return to the land of Israel.
1967, the Western Wall was liberated by the Israeli Defense Forces.
Among other Jewish symbols are religious objects used in the Jewish
daily rituals. In the Jewish tradition, it is an important mitzvah
(commandment) inscribed in the Bible to affix a mezuzah scroll to every
door post in the Jewish home. Most of the Jews throughout the world,
both religious and secular, follow this commandment. A Mezuzah case
makes every Jewish home easy to recognize.
Other types of Jewish symbols include ritual objects used
during the holidays such as the Hanukkah menorah. The Hanukkah menorah
is lit on each of the eight days of Hanukkah as a way to commemorate
the victory of the small Jewish army over the Greek empire that ruled
the land of Israel and tried to force the Jews to abandon their faith
two thousands years ago. The menorah has been a symbol of victory and
freedom ever since. The menorah is also the symbol of the state of