(Temple Ohav Shalom, Cincinnati, Ohio)
In Solomon's Temple there were carvings of lions, oxen and cherubim, while a lion with eagle's wings symbolized in the Book of Daniel, the kingdom of Babylonia.
The rampant Lion of Judah is a favorite embellishment of the synagogue ark, the mantle covering the scroll of the Torah and other synagogue art.
One finds, from Early Middle Ages and on, a great deal of art work showing the Lions of Judah holding up the Ten Commandments. Thus, our symbolism, as the windows frame the ark which contain our Torah scrolls. The lions, visually, hold up our ark.