Judaism Symbols

Star Of David

The Star of David (Shield of David in Hebrew) can be seen as the most common symbol of Judaism. It is created by overlapping two triangles, one facing up and the other downwards. The upwards triangle is said to point up towards G-D, while the downwards triangle is said to point towards the real world. There are a total of seven spaces that occupy the symbol which are the 6 triangles and the hexagon. The number 7 is is important; 6 days of creation and seventh day of rest. It is though to have bring good luck.

The Menorah

The Menorah is one of the oldest symbols of Jewish Faith. It is a seven or nine-branched candelabra used in the temple and other special festivals like Hanukkah. In Exodus, it has been created in the wilderness and then was transferred to Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem. These branches can also symbolise the seven days of creation and is also referred to as the "tree of life".

The Torah Scroll

Considered to be the most sacred Jewish ritual object, the Torah (teaching) is the centre of Jewish life. The Five books of Moses are published by hand on a parchment made from the skin of a kosher animal like a sheep or goat. It usually takes about 6 months to a full year in order to finish these scrolls since no mistake can be made or even corrected.

The Mezuzah

This artifact is usually located at the doorpost of a Jewish home. It is placed there to serve as a reminder of G-d's presence and his commandments to the Jewish people. This act is taken from the Book of Deuteronomy commonly known as the Shema. This parchment scroll must be handwritten and placed in the proper case in order to fulfil the commandment.


Hebrew word for skullcap. It is also called yarmulke in Yiddish. Jewish law requires men to wears it to show their reverence to G-d and submit themselves to him. It must also be worn when entering a synagogue or when studying the Torah. In ancient times, priests had to wear the Kippah.  


They are two black boxes with two black strips attached to them. One box is tied to the head while the other is wrapped around an arm on each weekday morning. This is commanded within the context of several laws underlining the relationship a Jew has with G-d. "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might." (Deuteronomy 6:5-8).


A fringed four-cornered garment. The strings and knots represent the do's and don't s in the Torah. Wearing this is a sign of Jewish pride.   

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