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The ‘Lion of Judah’ is an emblem among Jews almost as common as the Jewish Star.

Iran and its Jewish Connection

Iran and its Jewish Connection

Iran and its Jewish Connection
The ‘Lion of Judah’ is an emblem among Jews almost as common as the Jewish Star.

It is curious to note that Ahashverosh was the king of Persia, which in 1935 changed its name to Iran (meaning Land of the Aryans) in order to affiliate with Hitler’s master race (identified as Aryan, for real or imagined reasons). Iran (the Land of these self-indentified Aryans) has publicly stated its genocidal intention to wipe Israel off the map.

...the Aryans were the original Brahmin caste in India...

Historically, it appears that the Aryans were the original Brahmin caste in India that introduced the earliest scriptural writings, called the Vedas which Jewish tradition connects to the verse in Genesis 25:6. After Sarah died Abraham remarried Ketura (which commentaries identify with Hagar, the mother of Ishmael) and had six additional sons "to whom he gave gifts, and sent them…eastward, to the east country." Commentators note the similarity between A-braham and Brahman (as well as other commonalties) and speculate that the gifts Abraham sent with his sons were the mystical teachings that seeded early Brahmanism. Apparently the elite Brahman status was originally connected to the spiritual wisdom they possessed.

It is also interesting to note that the word Aryan, in Hebrew, actually means lion-like, and that one and a half thousand years before Esther honored Ahashverosh with the title of lion, Jacob (Abraham’s grandson) blesses his son Yehuda / Judah (the one whose name represents the entire Jewish people, who are called Yehudim, i.e., Jews) with the following words: "Young lion (aryeh), Judah, you have risen from prey, my son. He crouches like a lion, like an awesome lion, who will dare rouse him?" In fact, an emblem among Jews almost as common as the Jewish Star is the Lion of Judah. It is a strange irony that these Aryans, who seem, at least recently, to have such compelling hatred for the Jewish race, might actually trace their leonine (synonym for Aryan) roots to Abraham, the first Jew.

[From an e-mailing from "A Still Small Voice <>]

Sarah Schneider is the author of the books Kabbalistic Writings on the Nature of Masculine and Feminine and Eating as Tikkun, as well as numerous journal articles. She is the founding director of A Still Small Voice, a correspondence school that provides weekly teachings in classical Jewish wisdom to subscribers around the world, and lives in the Old City of Jerusalem.
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David USA March 23, 2017

utterly ridiculous this is one of the most ridiculous articles I have ever read. It doesn't deserve to be on your site which is always very informative and knowledgeable. Aryan in the original Indo-European languages has a connotation of "noble". One can not take a word from a different language and give it an etymological meaning based on the spelling of that word in Hebrew. Reply

Sarah Yehudit Schneider Israel via April 26, 2017
in response to David:

In 1935 the Iranian government requested those countries which it had diplomatic relations with, to call Persia "Iran," which is the name of the country in Persian. The suggestion for the change is said to have come from the Iranian ambassador to Germany, who came under the influence of the Nazis.
Source: Iran Chamber Society: When "Persia" became "Iran"

You will find this explanation repeated by scholars of all stripes. Perhaps you have another explanation for why Persia changed their name to Iran in 1935? Reply

Iran Scholar delray beach via April 26, 2017
in response to David:

In Iranian languages, the original self-identifier lives on in ethnic names like "Alans", "Iron".[38] Similarly, The word Iran is the Persian word for land/place of the Aryan.[25]

[25] Wiesehofer, Joseph Ancient Persia New York:1996 I.B. Tauris Reply

Sarah Yehudit Schneider (author) Jerusalem via December 24, 2015

Aryans I don't understand your comment. This whole addendum is explaining the irony that this subgroup of Aryans (Nazi's and their wannabes) might actually have very close, even familial roots to the Jewish people. There is nothing despicable about the Aryan soul root. The despicable attribute applies to that subcategory of Aryans that seeks the genocide of the Jewish people. Reply

Anonymous November 25, 2015

Dear Ms. Schneider, Iranians have called their country Iran or its equivalent in middle and old Persian (Eiran, Arayanam Veija) at least for the past 2,500 years. It was the west that called it Persia. Persia, or Pars, is just a Province where Cyrus the Great was born. The name is indeed derived from "Aryan" which applies strictly to the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European family. You made a rather big deal of how "Aryan" appears in the Vedas, and how that means it refers to Indians, implying Iranians are wannabes. Perhaps you forgot that it appears just as prominently in the Avesta, the Zoroastrian scriptures (which, as you know, had a large impact on Jewish theology). This makes it decidedly Persian, wouldn't you say? Speaking of Cyrus, he was the father of Iran, the first Zionist, and the only gentile that the Torah treats gently. Iran is the second holiest land in Judaism after Israel, and the vast majority of Iranians aren't antisemites. Take care and Shalom. Reply

Anonymous USA June 14, 2015

Aryans But the Aryans were never meant to be an offensive or threatening "racist" term at all, it well predates both Nazi Germany and the Holocaust...many Indians today also claim pride in their "Aryan" heritage yet love Jews, would you say they are despicable as well? Reply

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