Hebrew symbols – what are they?

I think Hebrew symbols are also Jewish symbols. These include the menorah, the star of David and the symbol for life “khai”. The question is, do other people also equate Hebrew symbols to Jewish symbols? I am going to assume this, as Hebrew and Judaism are closely connected.

The history of Hebrew symbols

Hebrew symbols have been such an important part of my life, but I have not given any thought as to the history of them. One example is, the Magen David, or Shield (star) of David. This is one of the most recognisable Hebrew symbols there is.  One theory of the origins is that medieval Jewish mystics attached magical powers to the star.

The Magen David is also a well-known Hebrew symbol. In 1897 The Zionist committee chose the Magen David to be the central symbol on the flag of Israel. The Magen David has been used by the Jewish people as a Hebrew symbol for a long time.

The Hebrew symbol for God

One of the most enigmatic Hebrew symbols is the name for God. It consists of the Hebrew letters Yod, Hei, Vav, Hei. It is unpronounceable. Jewish people ask that people only pronounc it as Adonai. Legend has it, that the High Priest was the only one who was able to pronounce God’s name in the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur.

English letters can be transposed over the Hebrew ones, the Hebrew symbols would be represented as JHVH. That is where the name of the group Jehovah’s Witnesses came from.

You might notice people wearing a chain with 2 Hebrew letters. The letters are a yod and a khai. They represent the Hebrew word for “life”.It is a the word for “khai”. .

These two, the Magen David and God’s name. Are two of the most common Hebrew symbols there are.

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