Solomon's seal and Menorah
The drawing of the Israeli flag dates back to the late 19th century and finds its origins in the banner of the Zionist movement which dreamt to re-establish a Jewish land in Palestine. Half a century later, the Israeli State came out in 1948. The banner was inspired by the tallith, the shawl in which the believer wraps himself for praying. That is where the two horizontal blue bands on a white background come from. Let us note that the blue colour is not fixed; it can change from one flag to the other, going from dark to light blue.
The flag bears in its centre a six-branched star or seal of Solomon, also called:
- Star of David or Shield of David, that the young boy was said to hold during his fight against the giant Goliath;
- Shield of Michael 1, that the archangel used when he fought the devil in the shape of a dragon.
Contrary to a popular opinion, the Star of David is not historically an exclusively Jewish symbol. It was used in the past by Jews, Muslims and Christians. Its drawing is closely related to the number six and the world creation, which occurred in six days according to the Kabbalah.
The six-branched star is a combination of two reversed triangles pointing upwards and downwards and represents the union of the divine and human natures. Therefore, it is not surprising to find such a symbol in the three religions and hermetism.
The Presidential standard, shaped as a square, features another official emblem of the Israeli State, the Menorah, a seven-branched candelabrum surrounded by an olive branch on each side. The olive tree provides oil for lamps.
1 back Mentioned for the first time in the book of Daniel, archangel Michael is presented by the prophet as the protector of Israel.