Jewish Symbols

This page lists of the various symbols in the Jewish Symbols group.

Jewish signs and symbols.

Symbols in this group:

Apple

One of the most symbolic of all fruits, apples have held a central place in the traditions of many different cultures.

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Dates

The cultivation of dates began over 5000 years ago and the fruit is still an important foodstuff in many parts of the world today. In terms of symbolism, the date has much in common with the fig, and aside from the fruit itself, the trees from which dates grow (a species of palm tree) also hold symbolic importance in their own right.

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Dove

With its pure white feathers, softly rounded body and gentle demeanor, the dove is one of the most ubiquitous symbols of peace, innocence and purity. On the other hand, the dove’s symbolism is considerably more complex than notions such as these, and in some cases those complexities can prove quite surprising.

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Hippopotamus

The hippopotamus is an extremely powerful animal, both on land and in the water. Its massive size and fierce demeanor, yet also its association with fertility, all contribute to its potent symbolic meaning.

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Honey

While the rich sweetness of honey accounts for part of its symbolic importance, there are multiple meanings attached to this foodstuff, some of which may come as a surprise to many people.

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Jackal

In certain parts of the world, the jackal often carries negative meaning, and some would argue that even the word “jackal” sounds harsh to the ears. This, however, is not the complete picture, and here we’ll examine some of these symbolic meanings and pinpoint specific aspects of the animal’s nature that has led humanity to classify jackals the way they have.

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Menorah

The menorah (Hebrew: מְנוֹרָה‎ [mənoːˈɾaː]) is described in the Bible as the seven-lamp (six branches) ancient Hebrew lampstand made of gold and used in the portable sanctuary set up by Moses in the wilderness and later in the Temple in Jerusalem. Fresh olive oil of the purest quality was burned daily to light its lamps. The menorah has been a symbol of Judaism since ancient times and is the emblem on the coat of arms of the modern state of Israel.

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Olive

Olives are one of the most ubiquitous crops of the Mediterranean region, having been cultivated there for at least five thousand years. Not only were they a major staple of local diets, but also highly symbolic to the peoples and cultures living in the area. This article will address not just the fruit itself, but the oil produced from it and the tree from which it grows, since the symbolism of all three are interconnected.

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Pomegranate

The pomegranate is a fruit with a very long history, both as a culinary staple and as a cultural symbol.

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Star of David

The Star of David, known in Hebrew as the Shield of David or Magen David (Hebrew מָגֵן דָּוִד; Biblical Hebrew Māḡēn Dāwīḏ [maːˈɣeːn daːˈwiːð], Tiberian [mɔˈɣen dɔˈvið], Modern Hebrew [maˈɡen daˈvid], Ashkenazi Hebrew and Yiddish Mogein Dovid [ˈmɔɡeɪn ˈdɔvid] or Mogen Dovid) is a generally recognized symbol of Jewish identity and Judaism. Its shape is that of a hexagram, the compound of two equilateral triangles. The hexagram has been in use as a symbol of Judaism since the 17th century, with precedents in the 14th to 16th centuries in Central Europe, where the Shield of David was partly used in conjunction with the Seal of Solomon (the hexagram) on Jewish flags. Its use probably derives from medieval (11th to 13th century) Jewish protective amulets (segulot).

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Star of David with Old Jerusalem Temple

Star of David with Old Jerusalem Temple inside it

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The Chai Symbol

Chai (Hebrew: חַי‎ "living" ḥay) is a Hebrew word that figures prominently in Jewish culture; the Hebrew letters of the word are often used as a visual symbol.

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