Safed, Isreal

This year Armand Taber visits the ancient mystical city of Safed. The northernmost city of Isread, Safed became a spiritual center in the 16th century, when many Jewish mystics and scholars settled there. The scholars brought with them Jewish mysticism known as Kabbalah (or Cabala) which was once a well-kept secret, even to most Israelis.
 

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Safed is at an elevation of 900 meters being the highest city in the Galilee and in Israel.
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The Abuhav Synagogue is a 15th-century synagogue in Safed, Israel, named after 15th-century Spanish rabbi and kabbalist, Isaac Abuhav. Its design is said to be based upon kabbalistic teachings.
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Legend claims that the synagogue was transported miraculously from Spain to Safed.
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The Ari Ashkenazi Synagogue was built in memory of Rabbi Isaac Luria, the foremost Jewish mystic in the community of Safed.
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Here in the old part of town, the streets are narrow and paved with cobblestones.
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As I quickly make my way down the street, I see some wonderful gift shops.
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Seen from Safed, Mount Meron is the resting place of Simeon bar Yochai believed to be the author of the Zohar.
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Safed, along with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias, is one of the four holy cities in Israel.
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Safed was a mixed ethnic city during the British Mandate for Palestine.
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A city of beauty, legend has it that Safed was founded by a son of Noah after the Great Flood.