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My Heart's With Israel

A land that the Lord your God scrutinizes constantly; the eyes of the Lord your God are on it from the beginning of the year until the end of the year. Deuteronomy 11:12

T-shirt - My Heart's With Israel As for the biblical importance of the Holy Land, we think that needs no elaboration. Lesser known, however, is the origin of the flag of the modern state of Israel featured on this T-Shirt. It is actually a carryover of the flag of the World Zionist Organization that first appeared in Rishon LeTzion (the "First to Zion", a city just outside of Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean coast) in 1885 and that was officially adopted by the Organization at the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, in 1897. The flag was adopted by the Speaker of the Provisional Council of State on October 28, 1948, (only with slightly darker blue stripes and star) after a contest that brought in 450 different designs produced no clear winner.
The six-pointed Star of David ("Magen David" in Hebrew, literally the "Shield of David") that appears in its center is of unknown origin. (In fact, it is believed that it did not originate with the Jewish People, since it was and still is commonly used as a symbol of protection in many other cultures.) Gershom Sholem asserted that the Jews adopted the star in imitation of Christianity, as a parallel decoration for houses of worship and Jewish homes invested with as much deep symbolic and spiritual meaning as the Christian cross. It is widely accepted that the stripes were inspired by the blue ribbons that streak the "tallit" (prayer shawl) of Jewish men. White and blue (along with gold and purple) were the colors of the Kohen Gadol's (High Priest's) Temple garments and of the curtains that enclosed the "Mishkan" (Tabernacle that traveled through the desert). These origins have, for Jewish minds, rendered these two colors the eternal symbols of the purity and spirituality of the Jewish People. And the "kachol-lavan" (old blue-and-white) is placed inside a heart because. . . well, that's where we hold her.

The Bible Land Shop's collection of T-Shirts is exclusively 100% cotton. "My Heart is With Israel!" is available in girls' sizes 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and women's sizes S, M, and L. Please indicate your preference on the order form.

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