The Menorah is one of the oldest Jewish symbols, found engraved on rocks, depicted on mosaics, coins, and stone sarcophagi. The Menorah, among the loot being carried from the Second Temple, is famously depicted on the Arch of Titus.
The Banners of the twelve tribes
The Midrash describes the banners of the twelve tribes as follows: There were distinguishing signs for each prince; each had a flag (mappah) and a different color for every flag corresponding to the precious stones on the breastplate of Aaron.
The Shema also commands us to bind the words to our hands and between our eyes. We do this by laying tefillin, that is, by binding to our arms and foreheads a leather pouch containing scrolls of Torah passages.
On the doorposts of traditional Jewish homes (and many not-so-traditional homes!), you will find a small case. This case is commonly known as a mezuzah (Heb.: doorpost), because it is placed upon the doorposts of the house.
The most commonly known and recognized piece of Jewish garb is actually the one with the least religious significance. The word yarmulke comes from the Aramaic words “yerai malka”.
The Flag of Israel
The flag of The State of Israel includes two blue stripes on a white background with a Shield (Star) of David (in Hebrew: Magen David) in the center. At the celebration of the third anniversary of the founding of the agricultural village of Rishon LeZion in…
The Star of David – Magen David
The Star of David (Heb. Magen David), a mystical symbol consisting of two superimposed triangles forming a star or hexagram; today this is regarded as a jewish symbol and known as the Jewish Star.
This symbol, commonly seen on necklaces and other jewelry and ornaments, is simply the Hebrew word Chai (living). The word Chai is written in Hebrew as Chet Yud. Every Hebrew letter has a numeric value.