Hamsa w Magen David Pendant . Hamsa Pendant is 7/8" X 3/4". Star of David is 1/2" X 1/2". The Star of David or Shield of David is a generally recognized symbol of Jewish identity and Judaism. It is named after King David of ancient Israel. With the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 the Star of David on the Flag of Israel has also become a symbol of Israel and has become associated with the Zionist movement. A popular folk tale is that the Star of David is literally modeled after the shield of the young Israelite warrior David, who would later become King David. In order to save metal, the shield was not made of metal but of leather spanned across the simplest metal frame that would hold the round shield: two interlocking triangles. The Hamsa is popular particularly among the Sephardic Jewish community. The Hamsa hand represents the five books of the Torah for Jews. It also symbolizes the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, "Heh", which represents one of God's holy names. Many Jews believe that the five fingers of the hamsa hand remind its wearer to use their five senses to praise God. The Hamsa Hand is popular as a charm most often worn as a necklace. The renewed interest in Kabbalah and mystical Judaism is a factor in bringing the Hamsa hand pendant back in fashion. In Judaism, Hamsa Hands and Fishes represent luck and fertility. Naomi Jewelry is proud to have such a meaningful pendant in stock.