The Spiritual Connection Between the Flags of America and Israel

  • The American Flag has in it two aspects of mercy and freedom which are the number 50 and the number 13, fifty stars and thirteen stripes.
  • God placed by divine providence these secrets in their flags today which fly proudly in the world.
  • President Trump looks at the nation of Israel as a partner in freedom and democracy.

Each of the twelve tribes in the camp of Israel had a flag. All nations in the world have a flag.  These flags are displayed at the entrance to the United Nations Building in New York. Two flags out of these flags have a special spiritual connection.  They are the flag of America and the flag of Israel.

The American Flag consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red top and bottom, alternating with white with a blue rectangle in the canton (referred to specifically as the union) bearing fifty small white five pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows.  The fifty stars represent the fifty states of the union.

The Israel flag is white with two stripes above and below a blue Magan David also called Star of David in its center.  Blue is the color of heaven where there is mercy and freedom. On earth it is difficult to find these attributes especially the attribute of Shalom which unites material and spiritual life. The Star of David has six points two triangles and sometimes a circle drawn around it to equal nine like the nine horizontal offset rows on the American flag. Both flags have on them the signature of God which is the number nine.

The color white is the color of the fifty stars mounted on blue.  The blue Star of David is mounted on white in the Israel flag. White is the color of mercy and freedom which includes all the other colors of the spectrum. The two blue stripes on the Israel flag above and below the Magan David are connected to the first letter of the holy Torah which is the letter Beit ב which also has two stripes above and below with a line in the middle. Heaven and earth are connected by freedom symbolized by the Magan David in the center.

The choice of the design of the American Flag and the Israel Flag was made by its founders.  Both nations are a democracy. Both nations have in their law Freedom of Religion, and other freedoms. Freedom is related to the attribute of mercy.  Mercy allows opposition even for its enemies to speak out against it.  In America on Independence Day members from the Communist Party burned an American Flag on the lawn of the White House while President Trump was giving his message to the Union. Burning a Flag in America is allowed as an expression of freedom of speech.

Israel law will not allow anyone to burn an Israeli flag.  President Trump proposed to make a law jailing anyone who burns an American flag. Israel recently passed a law to hand out harsher punishments to those that burn Israeli flags.

Also in America it is easier than in Israel to obtain a gun permit.  America has more than ten times the amount of homicide using guns than any other nations in the world. The constitution of the United States allows to change or revoke the 2nd amendment.  It is not easy but it is possible because the constitution is written with the hand of freedom.  Torah biblical law is sacred and it cannot be changed.

Counting of the Omer is an important verbal counting of each of the forty-nine days starting with the Sunday Wave Offering of a sheaf of ripe grain with a sacrifice immediately following the commencement of the grain harvest and the First Fruits festival celebrating the end of the grain harvest Feast of Weeks/Shavuot/Pentecost in Mosaic Law Hebrew Bible.

A flag is less sacred than a holy book but a flag also has holiness attached to it.    The holiness of Democracy is the holiness of freedom.  Freedom is not something that can be written on parchment. It is intangible.  The Flags of Israel and America are flags of freedom which have Biblical roots and divine secrets.

The American flag has fifty stars inscribed in white on a blue surface.  It began with thirteen stripes and has grown to fifty. It also has thirteen stripes.  In Kabballa esoteric Judaism is learned that the number fifty is connected to freedom.  The word for freedom “exodus from Egypt” is mentioned fifty times in the Torah.  The Torah was given on the fiftieth day after Exodus on Passover night. Jews count forty nine days called the “Counting of the Omer” which is seven weeks before the holiday of Shevuot the fiftieth day connected to the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, the Jewish people became a free nation.  The Torah was given in the wilderness of the Sinai Peninsula a place open to all of mankind.

The thirteen stripes on the American flag corresponds to the thirteen attributes of mercy which were revealed to Moses in Exodus after the event in Jewish history of the worshipping of the Golden Calf. Jews each day in many synagogues recite the thirteen attributes of mercy in prayer after the Amidah prayer. Before Rosh HaShannah during the month of Elul in the Selichot forgiveness service is recited the thirteen attributes of mercy many times and also on Yom Kippur. God should always have mercy on Israel and the world.

The American Flag has in it two aspects of mercy and freedom which are the number 50 and the number 13, fifty stars and thirteen stripes.  These white five point stars are also planted on a blue surface on nine horizontal rows.  The number nine is the signature of God on the flag. The color blue is also used in the Israel flag.  Blue is the color of the heavens. In the heavens there is more mercy than on earth. Heaven is called mercy in the Kabballa.  Earth is called justice. You need mercy and justice to make a nation. The fifty white stars on the America flag and the flag of Israel shows that Israel and America are democracies with more mercy than in other nations. The American flag has thirteen red stripes. The Pilgrims founded America connected to Esau the brother of Jacob. Esau was born with red hair destined to become a great nation the nation of Edom translated as red which is Rome the father of all Latin nations and America. Jacob and Esau were once enemies but today they are united together in an alliance of freedom and democracy.

The Star of David on the Israel flag is symbolic of the unity of mercy and justice, heaven and earth. These are two triangles which face each other from the top down and from the bottom up to make a spiritual unity.  Abraham is called the aspect of kindness like water rain which flows from heaven to earth. Isaac is called the aspect of strictness Gevurah the waters drawn from of a well in the earth. Our father Jacob the third of the Jewish forefathers represents the attribute of mercy called Tiffereth also translated as beauty.  Freedom is connected to mercy the power which unites heaven and earth and all the nations of the world. In history there have been nations which were dictatorships.  The Kingship of David was a theocracy.  Mercy and freedom was limited by the statutes of the Torah.  The main freedom for the Jewish people is in the learning of the Torah like the sages teach “there is no free man only the one who learns the Torah.”  There is mercy, justice and freedom in Judaism.  However Judaism is not a democracy.  Democracy is represented by the Star of David revealing the attribute of mercy and beauty. Even though the Star of David is related to Judaism; it is a universal symbol.

America and Israel are brother nations living in a free world. Their flags were not designed by Kabbalists knowledgeable in the secrets of God but in their flags are great Kabballa esoteric secrets.  God placed by divine providence these secrets in their flags today which fly proudly in the world. The purpose of these two nations and for all of mankind is to discover these secrets in their own lives and to reach spiritual freedom which is described by the prophet Isaiah, “the whole world will be filled with the knowledge of God like the water cover the sea.” Everyone wants freedom.  Freedom is a gift from God like the Torah given on the fiftieth day is called a Gift from God.  The obligations of life restrict freedom but they are important.  Each person has to accept these obligations and also his religious national obligations which are in Torah law, but also live in the light of freedom and mercy. Peace is the name of God.  It is a goal for every human being to be artisans of peace.

President Trump looks at the nation of Israel as a partner in freedom and democracy.  Freedom is essential today and is the vessel of World Peace. Every Jew has a place in the Modern State of Israel and also in its biblical roots. Freedom needs religion.  It includes in it Freedom of Religion. Americans need freedom. Americans also need religion and freedom of religion. America and Israel are united by freedom.  Their flags indicate the close connection between these two nations.

The American flag is also called the Stars Spangled Banner the National Anthem. It is saluted on Independence Day and sung before great occasions.

The Israel flag can be seen in front of the Knesset and even at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. It is a symbol of Jewish Unity and World Peace. Jews sing their national anthem called HaTikva because Tikva translated as Hope is important not only for Jews but for all of mankind.

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David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

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