Kabbalah Mandala by Charles Sherman
Sterling silver pendant
The Kabbalah mandala is inspired by the Sh'ma, the holiest prayer of Judaism. It is an affirmation of the oneness and interconnectedness of the universe. The six points of the Star of David represent the six words of the Sh'ma. “Sh'ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad.” “Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.”
The earliest known use of the Star of David in Judaism goes back to around 1200 AD. It comes from the Kabbalah and represents the union of the feminine and the masculine, and the heaven and the earth. In ancient India, this union of the masculine and feminine became the symbol of the fourth chakra, the heart chakra. It is the middle of the chakras, and represents love and compassion.
The traditional Star of David has two opposing triangles that overlap each other. At first glance, the Kabbalah Mandala appears to be two overlapping triangles with a central floral motif. However, the design is unique; it's actually composed of three identical interwoven double-pointed motifs. Together they create a star-shaped mandala that symbolizes the interconnectedness of God, the Jewish people, and all of humanity.
The Kabbalah Mandala is also a visualization of the flow of the infinite universal Cosmic Dance. It symbolizes a never-ending flow of positive heart energy and the expression of love and joy.