|Flag Name(s)||[Flag Of Israel]|
|Color Scheme||white blue|
|Color and Design|
A blue Star of David between two horizontal blue stripes on a white field.
|Meaning & Symbolism||The blue stripes are intended to symbolize the stripes on a tallit, the traditional Jewish prayer shawl. The Star of David is a widely acknowledged symbol of the Jewish people and of Judaism. In Judaism, the colour blue symbolises God's glory, purity and gevurah (God's severity). The White field represents Chesed (Divine Benevolence).|
|Description and Brief History|
Israel is a young nation, but the history of its flag dates back about fifty years before the nation was founded, and the Israeli flag's symbolism has its roots in Jewish religious practices in the ancient world. The Israeli flag was designed for the Zionist Movement in 1891. The background stripes recall the look of the tallith (Jewish Prayer Shawl) which is white with stripes (blue or black depending on where you look). The center emblem is of the Magen David (often called the Star of David). It became the Jewish symbol in the 17th century and was adopted in 1897 by the First Zionist Congress. The flag design was adopted on October 28, 1948.
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