Sunday, May 20, 2007

נשאר רק שבט יהודה לבדו

I recently came across an article advocating for the creation of a state to be established alongside Israel in the eventuality that there be made attempts to expel the Jews of Yehudah and Shomron from their homes. There may be many practical impediments to the establishment of such a state to be known as the "State of Judea" but for some reason the notion struck a chord within me... This past Shabbos we read Bamidbar aka Parshas Digalim, and in the notes I chanced upon a reference to a Midrash that informs us that the flag of Yehuda was sky blue, and upon it was an image of a lion (Bamidbar Rabba 2) . So with that in mind, I set about creating a flag proposal for the hypothetical future state... and viola! The lion I used in this rendition should be more authentic than the ones Rastafarians use - it is derived from a seal of a servant of Melech Yerovoam discovered on an archaeological dig at Har Meggido in the 1920’s. Yerovoam was a pretty bad dude from Malchus Yisroel, but because of his military conquests he probably felt justified in using the official symbols of Malchus Yehudah. The reference to 'Gur Aryeh Yehudah' [ Yehudah is a lion's cub] is from Bereishis 49:9 . . . I've seen it used on other offerings for a potential flag. Additionally I've been curious whether the lion indigenous to Eretz Yisrael would have been the Barbary lion, the Asiatic lion... or some other possibility - any thoughts?

1 comment:

Jean said...

Will "Leon from Judah" as is written in Israel language?