|Country of Origin||France|
The colour scheme of the arms is the one of Flanders Ancien and West-Flanders. This shows the attachment of the armiger to this region as well as his distant connection to Baldwin VI, Count of Flanders and Hainaut.
The tincture of the field stands for the viola flower, the armiger's favourite flower and a symbol of remembrance and religious knowledge. Also it alludes to the calm water on the shores of the North Sea and, to a lesser extent, the flax flower, the national flower of Flanders. Azure was also chosen in reference to Tekhelet, the holy colour from which the garments of the high priest and the tapestries in the Tabernacle are made.
The horns are Canting for his name, Isaac, as well as his alias “Vlaanderram”, the Flemish ram. It also references the Binding of Isaac (Genesis 22:13) itself a symbol of both selfless sacrifice and religious zeal creating a paradox that appeals to the armiger. The horn is a ambiguous figure, to the armiger these are the horns of the ram Abraham sacrifices instead of his son, the arms medieval iconography attributed to Moses on mount Sinaï but hey are also the symbol of bestial impulses, an animal with horns is always perceived as more fierce than one without, showing humanity's inherent bestial nature and a certain primitivism that, paradoxically enough, appears needed to enact progress, therefore inviting the armiger to take a step back and trust is instinct as an extension of his reason. The horn is also a symbol of the Shofar blown on Rosh H'odesh, symbolising the importance of the lunar cycle in the armiger's own mythology.
The bend counter-compony stands for Samson’s riddle “Out of the eater came something to eat, and out of the strong came something sweet.” (Judges 14:14). The gules for the blood of the lion (which is also a symbol of Flanders) and the gold for the honey (the bees are a symbol of fellowship). The choice of counter-compony also alludes to the armiger's willingness to step out of social norms; indeed, stripes in the middle ages were the symbol of outcasts (prostitutes, butcher, religious minorities), the division of the compony therefore evokes a ripped piece of stripped fabric as a liberation from an oppressive social status. Said counter-compony is also a symbol of his passion for strategy games such as chess.
The crest as a whole is a representation of the armigers love for History and Art as well as a metaphor for the history of the Jewish people that were slaves in Egypt and will be glorious once the messiah' arrives. The use of a hat is an attempt from the armiger to make the arms appear more Germanic, this also directly references the arms used by Filips de Goede, the Duke of Burgundy as found in the Armorial équestre de la Toison d'or f.149v, the dukedom of Burgundy being a transition between Germanic and French culture, deeply influenced by the lowlands just like the armiger.
The horn-shaped cap alludes to the iconic Phrygian cap, a symbol of France and of the armiger's passion for History. Also, it is a symbol of Freedom. the use of a soft conic-shaped hat is also in reference to the infamous 'Jewish hat' as a way to reclaim a symbol of the Jews of Ashkenaz to make it a symbol of Jewish pride. the Phrygian cap is also symbolic pf Ashkenazi culture, the eponymous son being traditionally associated with the Phrygian people.
The crown of olives stands for honour and glory and alludes to the antic subject in the academic arts of the XVIIIth century. The olives also represent the olive oil usued in the Tabernacle and Holy Temple, being placed at the host of spirituality they inspire ideas of piety and of wisdom, to produce great light with little smoke. The usage of olive also aims to bring a certain mediterraneanism to the coat of arms, reminder to the armiger that, Ashkenaz is his exile and that he and his people belong in the land of their ancestor by the Shephelah, the other lowlands, (Deuteronomy 1:7), the land of olive oil and honey that is Canaan (II King 18:32).
Nederlands: Over een potentiekruis en een potentieschuinkruis van goud, een shild van keel.
English: Upon a cross potent and a saltire potent all Or, An escutcheon Gules.
Symbolism: The overall badge aims to parody and ridicule the badge imposed by Nationalist regime on Jewish Socialists during the Second World War, as a statement of the armiger's action against fascism and antisemitism. The escutcheon Gules references the arms of Douai (Nord,France) from which the patrilineal line of the armiger originates; it's also a blood-stained shield symbolising the sacrifices to be made in order to achieve one's ambition and ideal. The cross potent is a reference to Jerusalem and Godfried van Bouillon. As one of the Nine Worthies, Godfried represents a certain ideal of chivalry, he is also a symbol of the might of the house of Vlaanderen. Jerusalem being the holy city, it's a reminder of the Armiger's faith. together with the saltire potent, the cross potent becomes a wheel to rebuild the Holy Temple but also the wheel worn by the Jews of the Venetian ghetto, a contrasting symbol for the hopes and struggles of the Jewish people. The colour scheme alludes to the arms of the family Van Outryve from which the armiger descends through his mother. Gules is a potent tincture, representing both love and anger, life and death, making it an ambiguous yet always striking colour, red was also the colour of wedding day for the medieval peasantry (usually being their most beautiful clothes), signifying the humble background of the armiger's family. Or is present to remind of the colour Jews were forced to wear to identify themselves but also as the colour of gold and light, giving hope to this badge that tries to show light through the hardship of several oppressed communities.
Badge of allegiance
Nederlands: Een kokarde van groen en van zwart.
English: A cocarde green and black.
Sybolism: Sable and Vert Are the lively colour of Flanders. The Cocarde is a traditional device to represent political allegiance that fits the theme of the armiger coat of arms that features a Phrygian cap. The green stands for the countryside as a symbol for the armiger's ideal of a decentralised government, it also alludes to the many canal that run across the Westhoek. The Black is a traditional mourning colour, it represents the lost territories of Flanders that are French and Dutch Flanders as well as well as the apparent failure of the political class, incapable of adressing modern issues in a satisfactory way. Black is also the symbol of activism, showing that the only way out is by the mean of the people.
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