jewish symbols

The Star of David is allied with Jewish mysticism and still holds to the original representation of the star tetrahedron also known as the Merkaba.  

The upward pointing star represents the sun, fire and masculine energy.  The downward pointing star represents the moon, water and feminine energy.  As always, when the symbol is placed within a circle we see the trinity.

In the Kabbalistic tradition the hexagon symbolizes the six directions of space, the divine union of male and female and the four elements.

dustbunniesandbooks  asked:

Hi! So, I saw you reblogged a photo of Jewish cemetery symbols -which is cool!- but I also saw you tagged it as "death witch." I'm not sure what you're intent was, but I'm ethnically Jewish, and wanted to let you know -if you didn't already- that Judaism is a closed religion, so it's practices and symbols should not be used by those outside the religion/culture. If you already knew, then great! I just wanted make sure, as we have a lot of issues with people appropriating from us.

I already knew! Thank you for the concern, and for being extremely polite about it. The reason I tagged it “death witch” is because it’s common for death witches to study other cultures’ burial methods, just in case we go to a cemetery and see those symbols on a grave. I didn’t reblog it for any religious intent. I apologize for the misunderstanding!

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How the Menorah Became Israel’s National Symbol

The menorah, a large seven-branched candelabrum made of solid gold, stood in the Jewish Holy Temples. This is the story of how it came to represent the modern State of Israel.

It became the foremost symbol of Jewish freedom and self-determination after the Maccabees defeated the Assyrian Greeks, liberating Jerusalem.

Thus the Hanukkah miracle is closely associated with the menorah.

The menorah was a dominant fixture in both the first and second Temples and was considered to have significant importance as part of the daily service.

Check out this powerful video on the meaning of the menorah!

Story time:

My friend Patrick once saw a production of Fiddler on the Roof with a friend who was completely unfamiliar with the story. Now, in the play, Tzeitel and Motel go to Poland after being pushed out of Anatevka because they don’t have the money to go all the way to America yet. When this came up towards the end of the play, Patrick’s friend cried, audibly in the middle of a packed house: “NO DON’T GO THERE!”

#SayNoToHydraCap

1. Well done for shitting all over anybody that has ever believed in Captain America.

2. Because Steve Rogers is a symbol of hope, freedom, justice, equality, and kindness.

3. Captain America was literally created by two Jewish men as a symbol of hope against Hitler, and now you’re telling me he’s a nazi?!

4. Say it again for the people in the back: CAPTAIN AMERICA DESERVES BETTER, SHOCK VALUE DOES NOT EQUAL GOOD STORYTELLING!

5. No matter what their comics say, it’s our job to plant ourselves like trees beside the river of truth and tell them ‘No, you move’.

6. Because the hero that stood up for the oppressed just became the oppressor. 

7. High-key hoping that this was a spelling error and that he meant ‘Hail Hydration’ drink plenty of water and look after yourselves kids.

8. Because Steve Rogers deserved better on his 75th anniversary.

9. Because the little guy from Brooklyn that was too dumb to not run away from a fight deserved better.

10. Because Coulson didn’t spend years completing his Vintage Captain America Card Collection for his childhood hero to be a nazi.

11. Bucky Barnes did not go through hell just to hear that his best friend has been working with the people that tortured him and used him as a weapon unwillingly.

12. No gonna lie I didn’t think it was possible to mess up this badly but Marvel always manages to surprise me, only not usually in a bad way.

13. Because apparently nothing says Happy 75th Anniversary better than nazism.

14. What next T’Challa is secretly a member of the KKK?

15. Not a good soldier but a GOOD MAN, you hear me Marvel?? A GOOD MAN!!

16. You either die a hero or live long enough to see douchebag writers turn you into everything you’ve ever stood against.

17. Because Cap didn’t get iced for this shit.

18. What about Chris Evans? How do you think he feels? Oh, that’s right!

The Angels of Supernatural and Their Mythological Origins:

Not all of Supernatural’s angels have canonical roots in the Bible, the Enoch, or the Kabbalah.  Many (such as Ezekiel and Metatron) are actually named after prophets, scribes, and other Biblical characters, while others are simply not referenced in Judeo Christian religions at all.  However, quite a few of Supernatural’s more prominent angels have definitive roots in religious mythology, which are surprisingly interesting and definitely worth exploring.

1.  Castiel

Castiel (also spelled Casiel or Cassiel) is the seventh archangel according to Jewish and Mesopotamian mythology, and makes several appearances in the Jewish Kabbalah.  His symbols are the dragon and the spear, and he is shown with both in most of his depictions (personally, I think that’s sort of badass).

Castiel is depicted as a largely peaceful figure – which was unique, considering most angels were considered somewhat warlike at the time – and preferred to quietly observe humanity rather than interfere (at least that much hasn’t changed).

Like his modern counterpart, Castiel is a somewhat melancholy figure.  He is the angel of tears and solitude, and according to the Kabbalah, presides over the seventh heaven.  The name Castiel translates to “Shield of God.”

2.  Gabriel

Gabriel makes appearances in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religions. 

In Judaism, some of his most notable appearances include those of the Book of Daniel and the Book of Ezekiel (both of which were profits, whom Gabriel was sent to aid), and the Kabbalah.  In Jewish folklore, Gabriel was rumored to have presided over the death of kings and the conception of souls in the Garden of Eden.

In the Old Testament, his primary purpose appeared to be beseeching profits with the Word of the Lord, and his most note worthy task in the New Testament was informing the Virgin Mary of her divine conception.  The name Gabriel means “Strength of God,” and his symbol is the trumpet (which is thought to have originated in Byzantine mythology).

(On a side note, Supernatural’s version of Gabriel has absolutely ruined me, because I simply can’t imagine him approaching tasks this serious without causing any kind of incident).

3.  Lucifer

The concept of Lucifer actually predates Christianity, his first recorded appearance being in the Slavonic Enoch, in which it was stated that,

“Here Satanail was hurled from the height together with his angels” (2 Enoch 29:3). 

Throughout his numerous depictions in Christianity, Islam, and obviously, the modern occult, Lucifer has been depicted as a demon, a seven-headed dragon, a spirit, and most consistently, a fallen angel.

Ironically, the name Lucifer literally means “Morning Star” or “Bringer of Light.”

Aside from the traditional religious and mythological depictions, Lucifer most famously appears in Dante’s “Inferno.”  Like his modern rendition, Lucifer was said to burn COLD, not hot, and as a result, the levels of hell get progressively colder as they near its center, where he is supposedly imprisoned. 

4.  Raphael 

Raphael makes appearances in Judaism and Catholicism.  According to the Enoch, he is responsible for binding and imprisoning the demon Azazel (remember him?) under an unnamed desert in Dudael.

(Of course, in most Biblical depictions, Azazel looked something like this).

Raphael’s symbol is the staff, and his name translates to “Healer of God.”  This is fitting, considering his famous healing of a blind man.

It’s a pity that his modern counterpart couldn’t be nearly as nice – sorry, Raphael, but blowing up your siblings and causing the apocalypse just isn’t a polite thing to do.

anonymous asked:

*whispers* the star of david aka the star on the flag of Israel is a symbol of Jewish faith

I know what it is, I know history and symbolism :) and it’s funny to me that he called it “David’s star” when I know it as the Star of David. Which is also why I didn’t connect it to the Star of David at all, I thought he meant there was an actual movie called “David’s star”, since he’s obviously guessing movies and THAT star they showed him is most certainly not what the Star of David looks like…

Okay I saw a post earlier which grouped Hydra Steve Rogers with Zack Snyder’s Clark Kent and honestly I’m disgusted.

You’ve made it very clear you hate Man of Steel, you hate Batman vs. Superman, you hate the DCEU … we get it. As much as I disagree with you, if that’s your opinion then I have no right to tell you you’re wrong.

But to say that placing Superman in a grittier, harsher world and showing his struggle and pain to gain acceptance is the same as a symbol of Jewish hope being turned into a Nazi, I literally have no time for you.

How can anyone say there isn’t an anti-DC agenda when someone uses such a disrespectful and horrible comic book ‘plot twist’ to once again channel their hatred for the cinematic depiction of Superman?

Despite the darker tone of the DC movies, Clark Kent’s hope and determination IS STILL A PART OF HIS CHARACTER. The essence of Superman has not been compromised in this adaptation and Henry Cavill embodies those characteristics when he plays the character. The essence of Captain America HAS been compromised in making him Hydra; this situation is beyond different.

So once again, how dare you tell people that these two things are similar? How dare you use the butchering of Steve Rogers’ character to talk about something else? Let alone something completely unrelated? You’re just as bad.  

Te Amo, Pt. 1

Saphael

It started to get really long and it was only halfway through (also, it’s getting late again) so I’m going to post this in two parts. It’s based on a combination of several of my own headcanons. I hope you like it!

Raphael agrees to teach Simon how to touch Jewish symbols without being burned.

Contains self-harm.

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Steve Rogers was created during WW2 by Jewish writers a symbol of fighting against Nazism and Hitler. That’s the biggest piece of his history––it’s why he was created.

And now Marvel wants to change his history and say that he was secretly a Nazi all along? Do you guys see the problem with this? They changed a character who was created as a symbol of fighting Nazis to an actual Nazi??

We’ve received a lot of messages about the post where a non-Jew was discouraged from practicing Judaism and wearing Jewish symbols without converting to Judaism first. Almost all of them have been from ethnic Jews who are not religiously observant or observant patrilineal Jews who feel personally attacked. I just want to reiterate that we at Returnofthejudai consider all Jews, be they non-practicing, patrilineal, converts, non-Orthodox, atheist, or agnostic, to be Jews with full claim to the Jewish religion and culture. We have expressed this countless times. 

I can’t speak for mod Chaim, but my issue is with ethnically and religiously non-Jewish people studying Kabbalah, wearing overtly Jewish symbols, and practicing Jewish customs without even planning on converting. A lot of people seem to be projecting their personal struggles with Judaism - their marginalization for not having a Jewish mother, their anxiety about what it means to be a Jewish non-believer, the fact that they weren’t raised with a religious education - onto a post that was supposed to serve as a response to someone who was asking for a thumbs-up for their cultural appropriation. Our inbox is always open to discussions about what it means to be Jewish, the many facets of Jewish identity, questions and comments on modern Jewish struggles. Our blog is an inclusive safe space for Jews of all backgrounds and experiences, of all levels of observance and education. If you are not an ethnic and religious non-Jew planning on appropriating Judaism, please do not take a flippant response to a disrespectful question as a personal attack on your Jewishness.

-Linda


Edit: I’m cosigning this.


- Chaim

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What does the owner being black and Israeli have to do with pay, what exactly she trying to imply…🤔
And I honestly don’t understand the second tweet? The Star of David is a Jewish symbol… and very ugly nazi comparison.

anonymous asked:

I am currently studying Judaism, Jewish mysticism and Hebrew, but I was not born Jewish or am Jewish ethnically. My sincere interest and research gives me a lot of comfort (which I think religion/spiritually is about) but conversion is still faraway, if a possibility at all at the moment. I often feel like a phony wearing a Star of David or the Hamsa without having converted but it gives me so much comfort and inspires me to continue my studies. Any thoughts? Thank you for your time!

Please stop wearing a star of David and Hamsa. Please stop wearing things that symbolize Judaism if you are not Jewish. When you wear those symbols and mess up, people see a Jew messing up, and it reflects on all Jews, which never actually effects you, of course. No amount of “sincere interest” can protect us actual Jews from the consequences of non-Jews playing dress-up with our religion and culture.

I sincerely hope that by “studying” you mean that you’re analyzing these subjects academically, rather than practicing them. If you’re practicing Judaism - and especially Jewish mysticism - as a non-Jew who is not undergoing the conversion process, you are doing us a grave disservice. Our religion does not exist for your “comfort and inspiration.” It is not your cool, exotic, ancient spirituality buffet to pick and choose from, in the same way that Buddhism and Hinduism aren’t. 

My thoughts are that this is disrespectful, appropriative, and insensitive. Please stop. 

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I’ve been on the subject of trees lately and I wanted to express their height in a physical way. This got me interested in an unusual shape for a ketubah. The long vertical banner echoes how tall the trees are and looks very bold. 

There is some interesting thematic wordplay with the choice of the birch tree as the subject. The Latin word for birch is Betula, although there is no direct relation, the word Betula in Hebrew means “virgin”. It’s an interesting convergence, because birch tree trunks are white, in the same way that brides wear white at her wedding to symbolize their spiritual purity.

Meanwhile, half-way across the world, in India, the bark of the birch tree was used as a writing surface. The Sanskrit word for birch is Bhurja, which can literally be translated as “document” (it’s a false cognate of the Old English Birce from which we get the modern English word). This fits in well with the concept of a Ketubah, which in hebrew means “written” and is itself a document.

Check out this new design at https://www.etsy.com/il-en/listing/166630376/papercut-ketubah-birch-tree-forest?

If you’re a member of Etsy, please take a moment to favorite this ketubah so that others might see it as well.