That Portrait of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai

The popular likeness of Rashbi/Zohar author on various Kabbala paraphernalia…

It just hit me. Not the image; the realization: It’s patterned upon the ‘Kings’ suit on a regular deck of cards.

Needless to say, we cannot know what he looked like (although the Zohar reportedly describes his beard).

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