Today, the Star of David is a ubiquitous Jewish symbol. However, this widespread use is a relatively recent development. In fact, if you asked King David about the star that bears his name, he’d probably have no idea what you were talking about.
During the Holocaust, Jews were forced to wear six-pointed stars identifying themselves as Jews. Today, however, the star has been appropriated for several positive meanings–for the Israeli flag, for Magen David Adom (the Israeli version of Red Cross), and simply to signify that something’s Jewish. A recent Internet meme illustrates (right) that each letter of the Hebrew alphabet can be traced out in its formative lines. That’s probably not what the originators of the star had in mind–whoever they were–but, regardless, it’s a cool parlor trick.