Tsofim Yehudim Emblem and Song

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The Tsofim Yehudim Emblem
It consists of four elements:

1. Two lions protecting the Tables of the Law
torah_mantelTY_embleme_lionsThe symbol chosen as the emblem of the Tsofim Yehudim is two lions protecting the Tablets of the Law, a traditional symbol to evoke the Jewish people.

The lioness symbolizes the girl scouts, the lion the boy scouts.

 

 

 

2. The Tables of the Law
The Tables of the Law have the square ends according to the form described in the Talmud: the Tables of the Law are square!
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  • Hebrew letters are also numbers. The ten Hebrew letters on the Tablets of the Law are the numbers from 1 to 10, to read from top to bottom, starting from the Table on the right: Alef-Bet-Gimel-Dalet-Hey | Left table: Vav-Zayin-Chet-Tet-Yod. These ten numbers symbolize the Ten Words, the Ten Commandments.
     

How to protect these Ten Words in Scouting? By the quality of the proposed programme and activities, ensuring a dynamic transmission of the Jewish identity, a blend of memory/history, cultural and religious héritage: LeDor VaDor, from generation to generation.

 

3. Two Scout Emblems
The Scout fleur-de-lis and the Trefoil (emblem of female scouting).
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4. The Scout Link
This link is reminiscent of the one around the WOSM Fleur-de-lis symbolizing the World Scout Brotherhood.

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The Tsofim Yehudim Promise Badge
The Tsofim Yehudim Promise Badge is the modernized version of the first Promise Badge of the Jewish Scouts of France (EIF) in the 1920s.

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Two elements present on the original Promise Badge complete Tsofim Yehudim’s emblem on the Promise Badge:

1. A Banner
On the front of the green banner is inscribed in Hebrew the motto of the Tsofim Yehudim: LeDor VaDor, from generation to génération.

At the ends of this banner are inscribed the two Hebrew letters Tsadei (on the right), and Yod (on the left), initials of Tsofim Yehudim, Jewish Scouts in Hebrew.

2. Tied Knot in a Ring
A knot at the tip of the neckerchief originally distinguished the scouts who had made their Promise: a commitment to serve, a Good Turn to perform on a daily basis. The Tsofim Yehudim are faithful to this tradition by making a knot on their badge of Promise.

This emblem and badges will be common to all Jewish Scout groups that share the PLURALISTIC and INCLUSIVE educational proposal of the Tsofim Yehudim.

Dans la sidra Vayé’hi, nous découvrons les bénédictions que Yaakov adresse à chacun de ses enfants, sentant la fin de ses jours arriver. Dans la bénédiction adressée à Yéhouda, le leader parmi ses frères et celui dont les Rois d’Israël descendent, son père déclare : « Il se courbe, il se couche comme un lion et comme une lionne. Qui le ferait lever ? » (Béréchit 49, 9).

De manière intéressante, on peut faire un parallèle avec les paroles placées par Hachem dans la bouche du prophète Bilam au sujet des Bné Israël : « [Le peuple juif] est accroupi et couché comme un lion et comme un félin. Qui le ferait lever ? » (Bamidbar 24, 9). 

Un certain nombre d’animaux peuvent être dominés ou apprivoisés ; mais « le lion apprivoisé n’existe pas », enseignent nos Sages. Certes, exilé et soumis à des cultures étrangères à plusieurs reprises de son histoire, le peuple qui traverse le temps et les civilisations ne ressemble pas moins à un lion accroupi, qui paraît soumis mais n’est jamais conquis. Car nul de peut nous imposer son avis et aucune force ne peut nous contraindre. (Ouriel Amsellem)

The Tsofim Yehudim Song

 

We are gifts and we are blessings, we are history in song 
We are hope and we are healing, we are learning to be strong 
We are words and we are stories, we are pictures of the past 
We are carriers of wisdom, not the first and not the last 

CHORUS:
L’dor vador nagid gadlecha 
(From generation to generation, we will tell of Your greatness) 
L’dor vador… we protect this chain 
From generation to generation 
L’dor vador, these lips will praise Your name 

 

Looking back on the journey that we carry in our heart 
From the shadow of the mountain to the waters that would part 
We are blessed and we are holy, we are children of Your way 
And the words that bring us meaning, we will have the strength to say 

 

CHORUS

 

 

Tsofim Yehudim, LeDor VaDor
Jewish Scouts, from generation to generation

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