Star of David References in the Sepher Yetzirah

 

Sefer Yetzirah 1:3

There are Ten Intangible Sefiroth, the number of the ten fingers, five opposite, and in the center is set the Covenant of Unity like the Organ of the Tongue, and like the Organ of Nakedness.

– Sefer Yetzirah 1:3

 

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It takes very little personal cleverness to clearly see the underlying metaphor of this passage as the six-pointed Star of David. The phrase ‘five opposite’ seems vague and confusing until one reads further on to where a center (chest or torso) is mentioned along with two other body parts, namely the Mouth (Organ of the Tongue) and the Genitals (Organ of Nakedness). Looking back at the ‘five opposite’phrase, one can now map out the right and left hands on either side of the center and same with the right and left feet just below them and also on both sides of the center (designated the Covenant of Unity). The correct points on the Star of David can be listed as follows:

Upper Right Point: Left Hand ‘five…’
Upper Left Point: Right Hand ‘…opposite’
Lower Right Point: Left Foot ‘five…’
Lower Left Point: Right Foot ‘…opposite’
Central Hexagon: Covenant of Unity ‘in the center is set the…’
Upper Center Point: Organ of the Tongue ‘like the…’
Lower Center Point: Organ of Nakedness ‘and like the…’

For some of the more skeptical readers, this analysis may seem to be little more than mere personal imagination. Even so, there are a growing number of scholars who say that the Sepher Yetzirah most definitely refers to the geometric shape known as the hexagram and thus, the Star of David. This passage (Sepher Yetzirah: Chapter 1, Verse 3) from the very beginning of the text is indeed a not so clever comparison of the human body to the Star of David. Nothing else fits as perfectly.

 


 

Sepher Yetzirah 1:12-13

The Sepher Yetzirah, a Kabbalistic text at least 1,700 years old, is believed by numerous scholars to refer DIRECTLY to the six-pointed Star of David. Considering the actual words of the text there shoould be no doubt that they are correct. How so? First off, the Sepher Yetzirah takes the 22 Hebrew Letters of the Alphabet and further divides them into a set of 3, a set of 7, and a set of 12 thus equalling 22.

He engraved and hewed out through it twenty-two letters as a foundation: three Mothers, seven Doubles, and twelve Simple; and they are of One Spirit. (Sepher Yetzirah 1:10)

It just so happens that these three numbers (3,7, 12) also correspond to the exact geometric attributes of the Star of David (3 points above & below, 7 parts, and 12 sides) The following analysis clearly shows the direct connection between the Star of David and the text of the Sepher Yetzirah:

Mapping the Star of David Verses of the Sepher Yetzirah
FIFTH: He sealed Above, and He turned upward and sealed it with vhy.
SIXTH: He sealed Below, and He turned downward and sealed it with hvy.
SEVENTH: He sealed East, and He turned forward and sealed it with vyh.
EIGHTH: He sealed West, and He turned backward and sealed it with yvh.
NINTH: He sealed South, and He turned right and sealed it with hyv.
TENTH: He sealed North, and turned left and sealed it with yhv.

– Sepher Yetzirah 1:12-13

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Now some may quibble and claim this is just a very unusual coincidence having nothing to do with the Star of David. Even so, the mathematical probability for this having occurred by chance alone is extremely low.


Sepher Yetzirah 4:4

Six extremities: Above and Below, East and West, North and South and the Holy Temple is set in the middle and it supports all of them.

– Sefer Yetzirah 4:4

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Certain commentators have made it a point to note that the Star of David is a relatively recent invention (rather than being THE symbol chosen by David to represent his royal line- the House of David). They have yet to counter the inherently obvious evidence that the Orthodox Jewish text of Kabbalah called the Sefer Yetzirah alludes DIRECTLY to the Star of David on several occasions. The passage cited above happens to be one of the more obvious references.