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The mystery of the Star of David

The symbol that is used today to represent the Jewish people is known as the Star of David. The Star of David is also known as the Shield of David, Magen David in Hebrew, the Seal of Solomon, or the Hexagram. The shape of the Star of David consists of two interlocking triangles, one pointing upward and one downward, and may be used as a talisman to bring harmony, knowledge and invoke the aid of the angels. This name is assigned to this symbol because it is supposed to have been used by King David of ancient Israel, a fearsome warrior and a skilful psalm writer.

The most famous story about David that just about everyone knows is related to the time when he confronted as a little boy the giant Goliath and defeated him. Throughout his life he carried his faith in God proudly and passed it on to his children. The most famous of his children was the wise King Solomon, who, the same as his father, trusted God and His teachings. However, he established Jerusalem as a city of peace and justice, unlike his father who was a warrior and used his skills to conquer and rule over all Israel.

There are a lot of significances attributed to the Star of David. Some sources say that it signifies the number seven, six corners and the center. The number seven has itself significance in Judaic religion like the six days of creation plus the seventh day of rest, the Seven Spirits of God and more. Another symbol became used alongside the Star of David, the menorah, a seven branched candelabrum lit by oil that is said to symbolize the burning bush as it was seen by Moses on Mount Sinai.

How the Star of David came to relate to Jewish identity is unknown. Some researchers have presented a theory according to which the hexagram represents the astrological chart at the same time when David was born or when he was anointed as king. Some beliefs refer to the Star of David as a symbol for the six directions of space plus the center: up, down, east, west, north, south and center. Another representation of this symbol is that of the Six Sefirot of the Male united with the Seventh Sefirot of the Female.

A popular belief, though there is no evidence to support it, is that the symbol is molded after King David's shield. The shield was made of leather spanned across a simple metal frame consistent of two interlocking triangles that would hold a round shield.

Evidence to support the use of the symbol in times prior to the Middle Ages is scarce. During the 12th century they found the earliest existent mention in a Jewish text by a Karaite Judaism adherent named Judah Hadassi. Some other symbols that can relate to the Star of David have been found dating back to the 3rd century, but the relation is frail and other than that no evidence exists to sustain the belief that it was used to symbolize the Jewish people earlier than the third century.

One very strange coincidence, but nonetheless amazing, is the link of the symbol with the Age of Aquarius. The start of the Age of Aquarius was declared officially on January 23rd 1997 and if a map was drawn by Jerusalem, cast for that specific time, we would have received a perfectly aligned Magen David. Nobody can really tell what that means, but it is quite amazing.TheStar of Davidhas a past filled with controversy. Now it is known all over the world as a Jewish symbol. You can make anyone happy if you offer them a gift representing this symbol either made from gold or silver, enriched with a lot of other precious stones.

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Can you recommend free events and concerts in Los Angeles during the period July 29 /August12.?

we're traveling to l.a. july 29/aug 12 and are interested in making the most of our visit. can anyone recommend any sites/events/concerts, not to be missed? thanks!
I'm also interested in art exhibits and gallerys in the L.A. & San Francisco area.

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I can name about a hundred events:

Third Street Promenade

(free entertainment)

3rd St

Santa Monica, California

(310) 393-7593

Type of Admission: Free

The Getty

"The J. Paul Getty Museum collects and exhibits Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts, and European and American photographs and offers a range of special exhibitions and educational programs." Admission is free, but a $5 parking fee is charged

1200 Getty Center Dr

Los Angeles, California


Type of Admission: Free

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

free 1st Tue of month

Exposition Park (Figueroa St at Exposition Blvd)

Los Angeles, California


Type of Admission: Free

UCLA Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center

"Through its permanent collections, exhibitions and programs, the Museum endeavors to illuminate the depth and diversity of artistic expression through the centuries up to the present moment." Free on Thursdays 6-9

10899 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles, California


Type of Admission: Free

California Science Center

The interactive museum has something for everyone. Note: parking fees start at $6 and the IMAX movie has an admission charge.

Exposition Park (Figueroa St at Exposition Blvd)

Los Angeles, California


Type of Admission: Free

Museum of Contemporary Art at California Plaza

free only on Thu

250 S Grand Ave

Los Angeles, California


Type of Admission: Free

Travel Town

5200 Zoo Dr In Griffith Park

Los Angeles, California


Type of Admission: Free

Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

"The Huntington is an oasis of art and culture set amidst 150 acres of breathtaking gardens. Three art galleries and a library showcase magnificent collections of paintings, sculptures, rare books, manuscripts, and decorative arts. The botanical collection features over 14,000 different species of plants." Free 1st Thursday of month except when the Thursday falls on a major holiday

1151 Oxford Rd

Pasadena, California


Type of Admission: Free

Presidio of San Francisco

In the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

San Francisco, California


Type of Admission: Free

The Jewish Museum San Francisco

"The Jewish Museum provides a forum for exploring the Jewish contribution to American society and the ongoing evolution of contemporary American Jewish culture."

121 Steurt, between Mission and Howard Sts;

San Francisco, California


Type of Admission: Free

Museum of the City of San Francisco

Leavenworth and Beach Sts

San Francisco, California


Type of Admission: Free

Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

9th Ave at Lincoln Way

San Francisco, California


Type of Admission: Free

Cable Car Barn Museum

View cable cars and equipment that span the history of this vital transport in San Francisco.

Washington and Mason Sts

San Francisco, California


Type of Admission: Free

California Palace of the Legion of Honor

"Its collections include Rodin's Thinker, which sits in the museum's Court of Honor, European decorative arts and paintings, Ancient art, and one of the largest collections of prints and drawings in the country."

In Lincoln Park (at 34th and Clement St)

San Francisco, California


Type of Admission: Free

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California Surf Museum
223 N. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 721-6876
Hours: Open Daily 10am to 4pm Except Major Holidays.
Admission Free

This week attraction:

Free Movies on the Beach

The Newport Dunes Waterfront Marina & Resort presents free movies on the beach all summer long.

Brings the kids, lounge chairs and treats and watch movies for the whole family on the giant screen set up right on the beach. The beach fire pits are the perfect place to make a pre-movie s’more.

Movies begin at dusk, admission is free, and parking is $10 per car.



August 3
Open Season

August 4
Because of Winn-Dixie

August 10
The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl

August 11
The Jungle Book


2007 ViewSonic Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival

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