Can you spot the lions around Jerusalem? The Times of Israel tells us where they are hidden and their biblical significance:
Before he died, Jacob gathered his sons together and told them what would happen to their progeny in future.
A few got nicknames. He dubbed Issachar a rawboned donkey, for example, and Dan a “viper along the path.”
But he called his son Judah a “lion cub,” an epithet that stuck from that day to this. Indeed, not only did the Lion of Judah symbolize the Kingdom of Judah and its capital Jerusalem for millennia, but in 1950 the Jerusalem municipality adopted an upright lion as its official symbol.
Surprisingly, however, the dozens of lions spread throughout today’s Jerusalem bear no relation at all to the official emblem. Sure, the stalwart Lion of Judah is featured on manholes, and on the exterior walls of municipal buildings.