Thursday, January 31, 2008
My way to celebrate the fresh Jerusalem snow was to take a photograph of one of my son's 3-D folded paper Sukkah lanterns. Pity I couldn't shoot it with the bulb inside so that it would light the way to the nations.
Photo of Star of David burning wire in a light bulb is courtesy of its creator, Naomi Tereza Salmon.
20 x 20 cm
It seems to be the only simile of Star of David burning wire in a Light Bulb, which means that it is original. It also conveys the impression that in the future Israelis and Palestinians might live in peace and be a light to the nations.
This is one of about 170 works of 11 photographers from Israel and Palestinian territories at 2001 exhibition: Aspirations Toward a Future in the Middle East
Naomi Tereza Salmon was born in 1965, in Jerusalem, Israel. She studied photography at the Hadassa College in Jerusalem. She lives in Weimar (Germany).
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Haifa designer Hayim Shtayer sent me this scan of an invitation flyer to an Israeli Independence Day Party from 2005. We see here a black Star of David surrounding the belly button of an extremely handsome young lady, and as far as I can tell this is the first time ever that a belly button captures the center of our national emblem. Isn’t that something? Shall we add a belly button to our flag?
Copyright: © Hayim Shtayer 2008
Haifa designer Hayim Shtayer sent me this scan from the opening page of the book Poems from the Ghetto (1902). The Illustrator is the first Zionist painter, E.M. Lilien, and to the best of my knowledge this is the first Star of David shaped text.
I published already a photo of a Star of David from E.M. Lilien’s illustrations to the book Poems from the Ghetto (1902) that I shot myself, but what you see here is a similar illustration with a more prominent Star of David. Haifa designer Hayim Shtayer sent me this splendid scan, and I hurry to show it to you, dear reader, because for me every illustration made by this first Zionist painter is a celebration.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Photo of a black and white postcard from the 60th with seven Stars of David on Zim’s flag is
from Hayim Shtayer’s collection. Actually, the flag was on the back of the postcard, and I allowed myself to copy and paste it on the front.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Photo shot by Hayim Shtayer who, besides me, is the main contributor to my blog and I salute him for his persistence in sending me amazing high-quality photos!
Copyright: © Hayim Shtayer 2008
The largest Gothic rose window in the world is situated in the Cathedral of Mallorca, Spain, which was built on a mosque, like many other Cathedrals in Spain. It is divided into 24 triangles, half of which form the Six-pointed Star.
Copyrights: Jose Manuel Chamorro Navarro © 2008
Copyright: © Ofira Oriel2008
Concept of painting : 60 painted pieces that create a colourful Weave of deferent Stars of David symbolizing the multicoloured human society that was built-up in Israel in its 60 years of existence.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Picture is courtesy of Stephanie Comfort
Currently I’m designing my new book and above you see its opening page. My Friend Dvorit Ben Shaul said that it looks like a Star of David. You have to imagine a triangle that goes down from the apex (to the word “no” on the left and to the word “or” on the right) and another one that goes from bottom to the edges of the book’s name.
It seems like I’m so absorbed in this emblem that it influences my page designs subconsciously…
Friday, January 25, 2008
On behalf of brave Jews, in Israel and worldwide, and their struggle against Israeli oppression of Palestinian people and occupation of their territories
Attaching a Star of David to a famous leader was used by WW2 German propaganda to deliver quite an opposite message: that the famous leader (i.e. Roosevelt) is a puppet of “the Jews”.
Title: Shame Wall (Israhell)
Israeli Wall To Encircle Palestine. Sharon accused of turning territories into huge prison; Chris McGreal in Jerusalem; Tuesday March 18, 2003; The Guardian.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
- He made in 2004 a series of seven cartoons showing Arabs and Jews in reconciliation
- on his websites he allows everybody to reproduce and forward all his artworks.
Mr. Latuff read this post and commented:
Checking your post about one of my cartoons with the Star of
David depicted as a hanging rope, I'd like to highlight
something. As you stated in the same post, my artworks and
struggle have more to do with anti-Zionism than
anti-Semitism, and the usage of Star of David in my cartoons
have no religious reasons. My detractors usually acuse me of
anti-Semitism for using the Star. The point is that the
State of Israel have religious motifs as national symbols
(Star of David for the flag, the Menorah for the official
seal), and even combat jets and tanks have the Star of David on it (putting a religious symbol in such war machines sounds like a desecration for me). It's
like to be called anti-Muslim for making a Turkish tank with
the Star and Crescent, since this religious motif is used in
the Turkey's national flag.
My dear old friend, Aran Patikin, is working on the design of my next book’s front cover. This is only the draft – it will look much better eventually. I bring it to you in order to share with you the deep delight of each stage in the birth of a new creation.
The small stars are six-pointed instead of five-pointed;
The arrangement of the small stars is so that six of them surround the seventh, like the six days of the week surround the Sabbath.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Hou Xiao Qiang, China (July 18, 2006):
Shows a white dove of peace being crucified on the Star of David.
Morhaf Youssef Syria (August 16, 2006):
Draws a grotesque parallel between the Jewish holy sign the Star of David, and the Nazi swastika, the symbol under which Jewish adults, children and babies were, in living memory, tortured and gassed.
The Guardian, Martin Rowson (July 19, 2006):
Stars of David are being used as knuckle dusters on a bloody fist to both punch a young boy and to crush George Bush, the American president.
Jaroslaw Wojtasinski, Poland (August 5, 2006):
Suggests that Israelis are the enemies of peace and that the Star of David is the symbol of trigger-happy military oppression.
St. Mary's Church is located inside the Fort St. George. It was built in 1680 and is the oldest Anglican church outside England. Chennai (Madras) is the largest city in south India.
I found this splendid photo while I was looking for the keywords Star of David in India, but it seems that not all six-pointed stars in India are Indian.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
This drawing by Leonardo da Vinci illustrates the mathematical proportions found in human anatomy as described in the Golden Section or Mean. The hexagram framing the Vitruvian Man is more perfectly shown in the pentagram of Pythagoras, which can be broken into Golden Rectangles. At the bottom of the drawing is a coded message from Leonardo.
Note: Vitruvian Man is from 1492 . Named after a treatise on the proportions of the male human form by Vitruvius who was a Roman architect.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
If you zoom in, you might be able to see more in it. The painting is
"veiled", indicating that it is a memory fading, as if behind a curtain, I
was only four at the time.
The onion weed growing from the window of the cattle train which
my mother and me in 1944 is backed by the blue hand, symbolic of Divine
Providence. The hand is surrounded by the Star of David. In the left
the smoking chimneys refer to Auschwitz, in the right field there are
planes dropping bombs.
Several times I invited readers to answer questions I had about the Star of David, but usually no one bothered to answer. Yesterday I was quite surprised when I got the following email from one of the readers of my posting:
When Did You Meet The Star of David Emblem For The First Time
I have seen a "Star of David" numerous times, on signs, The Flag of
Israel, etc., but, the story that follows is what really got my attention to it though.
The story/stories that follow all happened to me about 1 year ago, more or less.
I wanted to tell these three stories so here they are. I will tell them
in order so as to keep a continuity between the stories.
The first incident happened about 3 weeks ago. The whole family was
asleep and my son and his cousins had fallen asleep in the bedroom while
playing the game cube. I fell asleep in the living room on the floor. I
remember waking up and being fully awake I could not see the clock so I
did not know the time but it was late at night and past 1:00am because I
had fallen asleep at about that time after checking on the children. I
was fully awake and noticed that a light was coming in from the kitchen
window. I didn’t think anything was amiss at first until I realized the
light was becoming brighter and was an intense shade of blue. It was
then a spinning tetrahedron (pyramid shaped) entered in through the
window. It passed right through the window. It was spinning very fast
and was about the size of a Rubik’s cube, that I am sure we all have
played with at one time. I know it was blue and was also emitting a blue
light but I remember I could not see the light emanating from the
pyramid but it seemed to be the source, sort of like looking at the
light from a flashlight but the light is coming from outside the
flashlight it was really strange. I started to feel afraid, especially
for the children, when in my head I heard “Do not be afraid, we will not
harm you or your house.” I was no longer afraid but I could not move, I
don’t know if from shock or if something was stopping me but I did not
move. The pyramid then went slowly past the doorway and into the
bedroom, where the boys were and I could not see it but I could see the
blue light. Then after what seemed to be only a few seconds it came back
into the doorway and into my field of view and went out the window
again. I could see the light fading from the window it was moving away
and up. I seemed to gather my senses back and leapt up from the floor
and bolted into the bedroom. I made sure they were all breathing and
sleeping. Everything was fine so I ran back to the window hoping to get
a glimpse of this thing again but it was gone. I then went back to my
bed on the floor and laid down and fell asleep so fast I am sure I broke
some kind of record. I did not even dream any more that night. I guess I
just soaked the experience into my brain. I do remember, vividly, that
now, as I looked at the pyramid as it was spinning and bobbing it looked
exactly like a "Star of David", if you can believe that.
The next story happened about a week later after the floating pyramid,
star of David, incident. The family had just fallen asleep and I had
made a bed on the floor in the living room to watch TV again and fell
asleep. I again woke up late at night to see that the outside light was
on. I was wide awake again and noted this as it is weird for me to be so
fully awake when I first get up, I am usually groggy, but again I was
wide awake. I looked at the front door which was about 5 feet away and
could see the outside light on and then for whatever reason I looked at
the light switch, it switched off right as I looked at it, the damn
thing just moved to the off position. I had to double take and make sure
I had just seen what I thought I had seen when I heard a voice. The
voice was beautiful and sounded like a whale song but not that sing
songy (if that’s a phrase). I remember I did not understand what was
said but I do remember answering the “voice”. I said “OK, I am sleepy”.
I then fell face first into the pillow and was sleeping, again so fast I
must have broken some kind of record. I remembered everything though.
This last part of the story (so far, barring anything new happening) was
just as strange as the first two just not so dramatic. This occurred
about 1 week after the “voice” incident. I had been doing some research
on the internet and just happened to think about the Riddle of the
Sphinx. I went looking for some data and papers on the net to inform
myself about it. I say this only because it is relevant to what happened
later. It was about 3 days later I was taking a smoke break at work. It
was the last break of the day and I was tired and looking forward to
going home. I then “heard” a voice in my head but it was more like it
was instructions and was not physical, I guess I just do not do it
justice. Long story short this information floods into my head and It
said to me “The Riddle of the Sphinx is the Mystery of Iniquity”. Where
that came from I do not know but what happened next was I was told what
the Mystery of Iniquity was and that someday I would stand before or
with someone and they would ask me that question and I was to give them
the answer I was told, nothing more, nothing less. Then I was told to
tell no one else the answer. Now far be it from me to ignore bodiless
voices and flying, rotating blue pyramids so I have not told anyone what
was told to me. Now I am not special and nor do I want attention but
this has been really strange. I used to be xtian and believe that J_sus
was the messiah. I no longer hold that to be true. I do believe that the
Jewish people are correct. Moshiach is yet to come, the Temple rebuilt
and J_sus was a deception, a darn good one too.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Copyrigt: Ben Piven 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Stamp with Star of David in the center issued for JNF's 50th anniversary is courtesy of Hayim Shtayer and is part of his collection. The design fits Herzl’s suggestion for the Zionist Congress.
books about the Star of David
out of 5,390,000 other results. Since the question was in English and my book is in Hebrew, I wonder if it will actually influence people to buy my book…
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
A charge formed of two interlaced triangles, one of them inverted; also known as the star of David or the seal of Soloman.
Six-pointed star or six-sided figure used in Talismanic Magick.etc.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Israelis who visit India might get confused when they see "their" Magen David Adom on the walls. These are Indian six-pointed stars and whodisan215 from Flickr who shot this photo few week ago tells me that they are frequently seen everywhere in India.
Copyrigts: whodisan215 2008
Copyrigt: Ben Piven 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Photo is courtesy of Ben Ripen who wrote to me:
The hat was worn by a woman attending Dasara holiday celebrations at Mahalaxmi temple the main Hindu shrine in Bombay. The design is the logo for an academy of disaster relief management! Apparently the hexagram symbol therefore has something to do with health and well-being!
Copyright: Ben Ripen 2008
Although Bnei Menasheh members see themselves as part of the Lost Tribes of Israel the flag is quite new. So far I didn’t find any ancient real evidence for the use of the six-pointed star by any of the so called Lost Tribes (but I’ll keep on searching).