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Handmade in Israel Messianic Roman Glass Fish Menorah Star of David Brooch
size 3.6 / 1.3cm or 1.41 / 0.51inch
The Fish in Judaism
The fish symbolizes fertility and is commonly used as a fertility amulet.
In Judaism, sometimes Sephardic Jews (a subgroup of Jews originating in the Iberian Peninsula), use the symbol of a fish in their household to repel the Evil Eye.This originates from the Talmud - where it is stated that fish are immune from the evil eye because they are under water, making a fish an effective amulet!
Star of David
The Star of David is known in Hebrew as the Shield of David or Magen David
The Shield of David is a generally recognized symbol of Jewish identity and Judaism.
History of the Shield of David (from Wikipedia)
The Star of David in the oldest surviving complete copy of the Masoretic text, the Leningrad Codex, dated 1008. The Menorah on the Arch of Titus: notice the three stems on each side plus the central stem, totaling seven. Likewise the Shield of David came to be understood as seven, with two triangles of three points each united around a central point.
By modern times, the Shield of David hexagram has become a widely recognized symbol to represent the Jewish people. However the origins of this use are complex with obscure developments emerging since medieval times. Star of David pendant
The menorah is described in the Bible as the seven-branched candelabrum made of gold and used in the portable sanctuary set up by Moses in the wilderness and later in the Temple in Jerusalem. Fresh olive oil of the purest quality was burned daily to light its lamps. The menorah has been a symbol of Judaism since ancient times and is the emblem on the coat of arms of the modern state of Israel.
The menorah symbolized the ideal of universal enlightenment. The seven branches allude to the branches of human knowledge, represented by the six lamps inclined inwards towards, and symbolically guided by, the light of God represented by the central lamp. The menorah also symbolizes the creation in seven days, with the center light representing the Sabbath.
It is also said to symbolize the burning bush as seen by Moses on Mount Horeb (Exodus 3).
Menorah in Hanukkah
The Menorah is also a symbol closely associated with the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. According to the Talmud, after the Seleucid desecration of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, there was only enough sealed (and therefore not desecrated) consecrated olive oil left to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days which was enough time to make new pure oil.
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