Wednesday, April 12, 2006


I read what Daniel P. Faigin wrote about the King David shield:

"Medieval Jewish texts spoke of a magic shield possessed by King David that protected him from his enemies. These texts claim the shield was inscribed with the seventy-two letter name of G-d, or with Shaddai (Almighty) or angelic names, and was eventually passed down to Judah Maccabee".


Trying on the WWW to elucidate who's behind these "Medieval Jewish texts"  I stumbled upon  where TheGrimReaper's brings the following wonderful legend:


"I heard (from Rabbi Reisman), that during Dovid's last battle against the plishtim (which was his very last battle), he was taken captive by Ishbi-Bnov. The Plishtim tried killing him, first by using an olive press to crush him. A nes happened and the ground underneath him caved in, allowing him to escape that particular way of dying. The plishtim then tried throwing him up into the air so that he'd land over their outstretched swords, but just then he was saved by Avishai ben Tzruya who said the Shem Hashem, causing Dovid to be suspended in mid-air. So four points on the star relate to the four directions (N, S, E, W) and the two stars going up and down are to commemerate the fact that Dovid was saved by miracles going down (being saved from the olivepress), and by miracles going up (being suspended in mid-air). (Shmuel 2, 21:15-17)"


Unexpected Star of David

Logo of Police Trinidad &Tobago
Source: wikipedia entry:
Trinidad and Tobago Police Service

We are talking about the same shape of two equilateral triangles in different colors, sizes, materials, ornaments and places. There is an amazing variety of these and that's why it is so fascinating to collect them on this blog.

Dionne Jarrette surprised me with her story about the unexpected appearance of this symbol on Trinidad Police jeeps, flag, hats and buttons of their uniform. How did it arrive to a place where there is no synagogue and where only a few Jews live?

The explanation is that in the 1930s Trinidad was a British colony and a British Colonel was transferred from Palestine to Trinidad. He was not Jewish, but he probably saw it in Palestine and decided to adopt it for the Trinidad Police force. Others believe it was a talisman that brought good luck and that's why it was chosen.