Ten Tribes Studies (15 July, 2014, 17 Tammuz, 5774)
1. Ira Berkowitz:Â The bald eagle is called that because of its white head.
2. Physical Characteristics and Specific Tribes
3. Query Concerning the Star of David. Maybe the Great Snowmaker in the Sky likes the Jews?
1. Ira Berkowitz: The bald eagle is called that because of its white head.
Re: Brit-Am Now no. 2291. Ten Tribes Studies
#2. JaredThaJa: Baldness of the Eagle in Micah 1:16 and the USA with Brit-Am Reply and Previous Comment on Source
The bald eagle isn't bald in the sense of having no hair. "Bald" is an old word meaning "white." The bald eagle is called that because of its white head. So, whatever the prophet meant by making oneself bald as the eagle, he probably wasn't referring to the American bald eagle.
Laurie Hansen wrote:
Does any of your research indicate if hair and eye color can be traced to certain tribes?
We have dealt a little with this in our work, The Tribes.
No specific physical feature can be pinpointed as typical of any particular tribe.
Physical characteristics are due to a combination of inherited and environmental factors over several generations.
Yehudah and Benjamin were mainly of intermediate Mediterranean type.
David however (who was also from Judah) had red hair.
Simeon and Levi were often Bohakanim i.e. very white, and unable to conceal their inner emotions.
Joseph was described as a Germani i.e. like someone from the north and of pale complexion.
Could it be that the people of Judah has being missled about the true
meaning of the sixpointed star(star of David)?
Dan from Sweden
The Star of David in Hebrew is known as Magen David (in Ashkenazic pronunciation "Mogen Dovid") i.e. the Shield of David.
Maybe it is not a star?
Perhaps it is a combination of two DsÂ i.e. the letter dalet in Hebrew written both from left to right and then right to left as was once the practice?
It could be another way of writing the name David.
I personally like the symbol, consider it of historical significance, and think it is positive.
Not everyone agrees.
A friend of mine, who is also an Orthodox Jew, is vehemently and almost fanatically opposed to it.
He claimsÂ it is of Gentile origin and was imposed on the Jews by their Gentile enemies.
He says the national symbol of the Jewish people should be a menorah but I have difficulty agreeing to this.
Another explanation is that the Magen David evolved from the rosette design which was popular in ancient times and may have been adopted by the Israelites as peculiar to them.
Star of David
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A Star of David, often yellow-colored, was used by the Nazis during the Holocaust as a method of identifying Jews. After the German invasion of Poland in 1939 there were initially different local decrees forcing Jews to wear a distinct sign - in the General Government e.g. a white armband with a blue Star of David on it, in the Warthegau a yellow badge in the form of a Star of David on the left side of the breast and on the back. If a Jew was found without wearing the star in public, they could be subjected to severe punishment. The requirement to wear the Star of David with the word Jude (German for Jew) inscribed was then extended to all Jews over the age of six in the Reich and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia... and was gradually introduced in other German-occupied areas.
The name 'Shield of David' [Magen David] was used by at least the 11th century as a title of the God of Israel, independent of the use of the symbol. The phrase occurs independently as a Divine title in the Siddur, the traditional Jewish prayer book, where it poetically refers to the Divine protection of ancient King David and the anticipated restoration of his dynastic house, perhaps based on Psalm 18, which is attributed to David, and in which God is compared to a shield (v. 31 and v. 36).
Israeli researcher, Zeev Barkan,Â was subscribed for a good time to our list. He is an expert on the Magen David. He carried out research on the subject and would often send us updates.
See his very interesting slides and comments.
The Star of David is a hexagram i.e. a six pointed geometrical figure (like the cross and the circle) and could therefore appear independently in different cultural contexts.
Snowflakes under a microscope ALL show variation of the Magen David.
[Put snowflake in a search engine and press Pictures].
Maybe the Great Snowmaker in the Sky likes the Jews?
Star of David Shaped Snowflakes courtesy of Google: Snowflake: Pictures
#3. Is there a Biblical source for the Magen David ("Star" of David symbol)?