The Tudor Rose Symbol of ALL Israel! (31 July, 2014, 4 Av, 5774)
The Zohar describes the People of Israel as like a rose with red and white petals and five green leaves.
This description fits the Tudor Rose which became the symbol of England and of the British Monarchy.
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The Tudor Rose is one of the official symbols of England and the British Monarchy.
In ENGLAND BETWEEN THE YEARS 1450 - 1485 there was a series of civil wars known as "Wars of the Roses" occurring between the rival Houses of York and Lancaster. Each side was later said to have been represented by a rose, York by a white rose, and Lancaster by a red rose.
At the end of the struggle a partly Welsh noble named Henry Tudor became king. Henry claimed to unify in his person and that of his wife, the two rival sides. He chose as his symbol a rose with both red and white petals (i.e. a large white rose with a smaller red rose overlaid on it) and with five green leaves around it. Dr. Clifford Smyth of Ulster supplied Yair Davidiy with color photographs of pictures from the Tudor Period depicting the Tudor rose. These paintings show that there then existed in England a real breed of rose that looked like Tudor Rose. This rose, unbeknown to Henry, was (says the Zohar) the symbol of Israel. Henceforth the red and white petal "Tudor Rose" became the symbol of the English monarchs and therefore of England itself. It still is an official symbol of Britain.
Henry Tudor was a great man: He came from a Ruling House legendarily connected with King Arthur and he may have been descended (as some believe) from King David. He has been called the Solomon of England. He asserted the independence of England from Europe. The history of modern England as an outwardly looking independently minded great nation begins with Henry. His reign marks the beginning of that period in which the blessings promised to the seed of Israel would be realized in the British and British descended peoples!
Nothing is by chance!
The Tudor Rose is also the symbol of Israel!
In Jewish Liturgy the expression "Shoshana Yaacov" (Rose of Jacob) represents all of Israel.
In the Bible Israel is compared to a rose:
[Hos 14:5] I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily [Hebrew "shoshana" i.e. rose], and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
"Lily" in Hebrew is "shoshana" and actually means a rose. The rose (or rosette shape based on the rose) which (as a rosette) was a symbol of royalty in ancient Israel and in other nations.
The Zohar is a holy book of Jewish introspection and spiritual theology. It is considered inspired.
In the beginning of the "Zohar" it says:
"`As the rose among the thorns, so is my love among the maidens' (Song of Solomon 2:2): What is the rose: It is the Assemblage of Israel, the Community of Israel. For there is a rose (above) and a rose (below). Just as the rose which is among the thorns has red and white, so does the Assemblage of Israel have justice and mercy. Just as a rose has thirteen petals, so does the Assemblage [Hebrew: "Knesset"] of Israel have thirteen measures of compassion encompassing it on all sides. "...Five strong leaves surround the rose..."
It may be objected that the red and white petalled rose described in the Zohar has 12 petals whereas the Tudor rose has 10. This too is by design! The Tudor Rose represents the British Nation who come from Joseph. In a sense they head the Ten Tribes of Israel. That is why the Todor Rose has ten petals. The other three petals belong to descendants of the Kingdom of Judah, i.e. the Jews. The Kingdom of Judah had been founded around the two Tribes of Judah and Benjamin. Later they were joined by the Tribe of Levi (2-Chronicles 11:13). There were actually 13 Tribes of israel when Levi is included and Ephraim and Manasseh both counted as separate tribes in their own right.
The United States Congress in 1986 chose the rose as the national flower of the USA.