Song of Songs 4:13
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13  Your limbs are an orchard of pomegranates And of all luscious fruits, Of henna and of nard—

sh’-la-KHA-yikh par-DAYS ri-mo-NEEM IM p’-REE m’-ga-DEEM k’-fa-REEM im n’-ra-DEEM

יג  שְׁלָחַיִךְ פַּרְדֵּס רִמּוֹנִים עִם פְּרִי מְגָדִים כְּפָרִים עִם־נְרָדִים׃

 4:13   An orchard of pomegranates

Pomegranates in Beit Dagan

The pomegranate is one of the seven special agricultural species of the Land of Israel (Deuteronomy 8:8). It has always been a symbol of beauty. Its unique shape is a favorite design element, appearing on the priestly garments and on the pillars at the entrance to the Beit Hamikdash in Yerushalayim, as well as in many forms of artwork to this day. At its crown, the pomegranate has a six-pointed star, which makes it the only place the Magen David, ‘star of David,’ appears in nature. According to Jewish teachings, the numerous seeds in the pomegranate represent the 613 biblical commandments of the Torah. On the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, Jews say a special prayer over the beautiful fruit, “May our good deeds be as numerous as the seeds of a pomegranate.”

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  • Interesting to find the magen David in the pomegranate. When was it used for the first time as a symbol for the Israelites?

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Song of Songs 4:13

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