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Judaic Esoteric Symbols

Judaic SymbolsThe main symbols of Judaism are both ancient and abstract: the commandment forbidding the creation of "graven images" for fear of idolatry prevented the production of representations of God or human beings. Judaic symbols have important links with the Kabbalah and, because of their antiquity and depth of meaning, they have been applied outside the context of Jewish religion by mystics throughout the ages.
The Star of David The Star of David is a strong symbol of Jewish identity, and as a hexagram it represents the interaction of the Divine with the mortal. It is also known as the Seal of Solomon, the Creator's Star and, from the tradition that David carried a hexagram-shaped shield during his defeat of the giant Goliath, the Shield of David. The Star has deep-rooted links to the Kabbalah: it can symbolize the Tree of Life. The Star of David
The Menorah The seven-branched candlestick known as the menorah is one of the oldest symbols of Judaism and is an official emblem of the modern State of Israel. Its traditional form is given in Exodus 25:31-37, and its seven candle holders and three central joints together represent the ten sefirot of the Tree of Life. The Menorah
The Chanukiyah The chanukiyah (Chanukah menorah) has nine rather than the traditional seven branches. It is used during the eight-day festival of Chanukah, which celebrates the Maccabean miracle in which the Jerusalem Temple's menorah burnt for a full eight days with only a single day's worth of oil. The chanukiyah holds one candle for each day of Chanukah and a ninth, the shamash, to light the others. The Chanukiyah
The Tetragrammaton The Tetragrammaton is the holy "four-lettered name" of God, most properly transliterated as YHVH, but sometimes as YHWH (Yahweh) or JHVH (Jehovah). In Judaism it is considered so sacred that it isn't spoken aloud. The Tetragrammaton is often employed in ceremonial magic, and the letters correspond to the Four Worlds of the Kabbalah. The Tetragrammaton
Otz Chiim Otz Chiim, the Tree of Life, is the symbol at the heart of the Kabbalah. It encapsulates creation, existence and the return to the Divine in ten sefirot and the twenty-two paths through which they interrelate. The paths of the Judaic Tree usually differ slightly from those encountered in Western Kabbalah. Otz Chiim