Saturday, April 29, 2006

Israeli car

car magen david
Picture of a Magen David on a car is courtesy of Seth J. Frantzman from Flickr who shot it at New Acre. The owner of the car expresses his ardent patriotism, but you can write a nice film script about the drama that happens when he tries to sell this car to an Arab Israeli neighbor...

Shadow of a Star

Photo of the shadow of the gates to Europe's largest synagogue in Budapest, Hungary, courtesy of "fil himself" from Flickr who wrote to me the following":
When we arrived at the synagogue, it was closed, but looking around the outside of the building was amazing, especially when you remember how much the Jews suffered during the Nazi, and the Soviet, occupations. It was approaching evening, and the gates of the synagogue cast this shadow onto one of the pillars, and it was just a good, candid opportunity to capture this ubiquitous symbol of the Jewish faith.

The Da Vinci Code

I guess many people heard about the Star of David for the first time in The Da Vinci Code, a novel written by American author Dan Brown, published in 2003 . Many more saw it in a different light after reading Brown's explanation of the Star of David as the blade and the chalice ... the perfect union of male and female ... Solomon's Seal ... representing the male and female deities.

            (Bantam p.446, ISBN 0385504209).

The book was sold in more than 40 million copies and has been translated into 44 languages.

 Most visitors to Rosslyn Chapel near Edinburgh Scotland are readers of this novel. 

They read that beneath the Chapel there is a “massive subterranean chamber”, with a Star of David engraved on its floor, and they have difficulties accepting the fact that this floor is covered by a red covering with no trace of their desired symbol.

It seems that fiction is stronger than reality…



Rabbi Marvin Tokayer wrote that the Pathans believe they are of the Lost Tribes,  and that the Star of David is found in almost every Pathan house. The rich make it out of expensive metals and the poor out of simple wood. He saw it at least 20 times. In Minerajan he saw it on a school door and in the stone above that door. The Pathans are about 15 million people living in Pakistan Afghanistan Persia and India.