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Emblem adopted 30th October 1958
Zefat (pronounced 'Tzfat') is one of the oldest towns in Israel, known since the era of the 2nd Temple. It is situated on mountain tops in the Upper Gallile. Pop: 16,500. The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot, Yalkut HaPirsumim), YP 631, 30 October 1958. Main flags are black logo on orange with inscription below, but I also spotted blue on white, on yellow, on green and on light blue.
Source: author's own observation, 18 September 2001.
Dov Gutterman, 1 October 2001
Zefat name came from the word Tzfe (observe) as it observing from its height. There are who think that those are initials of Tzitzit-Pe'a-Tefilin (fringe on the corners of an upper garment - sidecurl - phylacteries) or Tzvi-Pe'er-Tif'eret (Deer - splendor - glory).
First mentioned in the Roman era, and become famous in the 16th century as a Jewish ceter as well as the center for Kabbalah scholars.
Description of the emblem can be found on <www.tzafonet.org.il>:
- The outlook of the emblem resembles a Torah - a symbol of being a glorious center of Torah in the Galilee.
- The inscription: [it gives the two initials mentioned above and one more Tziyur-Piyut-Torah (paint, liturgical poem, Torah)]
- The pomegranate [on top] - is a symbol for faith and good deeds and is one of the Torah book decorations.
- [the dove] - Observing Mount Meron.
- [the wavy lines] - Observing Kinnereth sea [Sea of Galilee]
- The Olive - Zefat area is known for its olive plantations, The Galilee olive oil is famous in its quality and was in use in the Holy Temple.
- [painter pedestal] - Many artists were assembled in Zefat due to its beauty and fine weather. Symbol for Qiryat HaAmanim (Artists Town [part of the city])
Emblem appeared on a stamp issued on 2 February 1966
Information in English on Zefat at <www.zfat.co.il>, <www.safed.co.il>.
Dov Gutterman, 2 May 2005
Note that it reminds us of a Sephardic Torah Scroll, which looks (at least on the outside) quite different from the Ashkenazic Torah Scrolls most American and European Jews are used to seeing. However, Ashkenzaim often have "pomegranates" on their scrolls as well.
Nathan Lamm, 4 June 2006
all images by Dov Gutterman
image from wikipedia