Monday, April 16, 2007

Bless This Business

An elegant ceramic Bless-This-Business (Birkat Haessek, in Hebrew) pendant on a white Star of David within another Star of David decorated with colorful small glasses. 
The more I learn about the six- pointed star the more I get convinced that it is about protection. I think the translation of Magen David into Shield of David is only one possible translation. I prefer to translate it into David’s PROTECTOR, and David's protector is God. These are quite contrary interpretations since the shield points at the military gear while the protector points at the spiritual source of strength.

Also, we find many hexagrams on city walls, like the Ottoman walls that surround the old city in Jerusalem. Walls are physical protectors and those kings who embedded hexagrams in them, all along history, tried to answer the question who will protect the protectors?

Tel Aviv Towers

Magen Davids appear on the facade above the entrance to the Tel Aviv Towers, a complex of four high-end residential towers, each 34 stories high. The Tel Aviv Towers were built by Riskin Architects who probably designed these beautiful modernistic styled Stars of David.

Israeli Tourist Car

A Magen David above the Israeli Tourist Ministry logo on a car licensed to transport tourists. The brilliant logo is based on the verse from Numbers 13:23
And they came to the Valley of Eshcol and cut down from there a branch with a single cluster of grapes, and they carried it on a pole between two of them; 

Since the logo is based on circles and triangles the Magen David addition fits in so well that those who do not recognize the original logo don't even notice it.