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“One of my favorite places in Israel”

The Tzfat Kabbalah Experience
Ranked #7 of 32 things to do in Safed
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

So much fun. A lovely place. Beautiful artisans wares mingled in with the local Jewish families who live on this hill top. Women, remember to through into your back pack a shawl to cover your shoulders or knees if you wish to enter any of the ancient synagogs. No dress code for men other than head cover of any type. Bring your credit card (yes most vendors accept them) and shop till you drop. Beautiful art work that is a true expression of Israel's best artisans. They will ship the bigger pieces to your home. Please don't pass up the lock Kabbalist artist Avraham Loewenthal. Really interesting man and great resource for information on mystical Kabbala and where else better to learn about it thank the very birthplace of Kabbalah,Tzfat.

4  Thank Cynthia J
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

I just returned from a very long drive to see Tzfat. My daughter saw it while on birthright and could not stop talking about it. I now understand why. It is so unique. The art work is so beautiful. You see jewelry candles paintings statues etc. The 3 synagogues are magical. You can feel it when you walk in. Each one is unique and decorated beautifully. While wandering around the streets steps and hills you pass homes of where people live. It is so unique to see. There are plenty of places to eat. It is not fancy. Dress modest or bring a scarf to cover your shoulders.

7  Thank Mandy W
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

Amazing experience in this beautiful place. It feels like stepping back in time. The city is quite hilly and parking was a challenge but it was all worth it. Very talented artists selling a wide range of media. Many places to get a bite. Touring some of the old synagogues was very special for us. Suggest you come prepared with a good map of the city! Easy to get lost walking around-although that was part of the adventure too.

2  Thank JLPNewYork
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

We love heading north in Israel to the city of Tzfat. One of the original holy cities of ancient Israel, it was also the home of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism). Today, the ancient quarter of this otherwise modern city is still amazing. There are a number of famous and very old synagogues located in Tzfat, each commanding its own tales and aura of mysticism.

The artists' quarter is a gold mine of arts in many different media, although paintings predominate. Jewelry, wall hangings, shofar stores, an amazing candle store, and no shortage of simply incredible art galleries. In the past, we have also visited a factory where they will embroider to your design. We bought a challah cover and a matzah cover, both made to our specifications and shipped to the USA.

We love visiting Tzfat and go often. You should, too!

3  Thank rebrapp1
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

Our hotel is located in the prettiest artists' colony in the old city.Its called the Rimonim. We arrive at night fall and are immediately struck by the magical quiet that is spiritual yet maternal. G-d likes this place, as it is a honey pot for ultra orthodox in great numbers. Quaker-like chassidic families move quickly through the uncrowded streets.So do the many ecstatic,zombie-like black tops that the local artists call crazy. It is a heady town that is beautifully preserved with intricate cobblestones alleys that house the artists' garrets and numerous galleries. local artists exude the fire & light of Safed.They are inspired,proud and very knowledgeable in their crafts of metal filigree,polymers,paint & stone masonary.
This is a mountain top city. An ethereal place to get lost in. It has been the center of kabbala since 1500 to the Hassidic and hippie, alike. Its a cobbled labarynth of steep stone staircases with beautiful hidden gardens. Safed has a bohemian atmosphere with loads of artistic temptations it is israel's highest town. It is ancient,mystical and spiritual. There are beautiful metal doors and fences evidenced as you explore up and down and across this truely exotic place. The town skirts the Yermek mountain range and is 2953 ft high. Eating is an absolute pleasure with countless hole-in-the-wall enterprises that furnish shwarma,falafel and wholesome flash-fried wheat crackers,pita filled with organic fillings and excellent fish choices.
Traders are not pushy & the artists shine with a divine spirit. Do stop frequently to slack your thirst with freshly-squeezed orange or lemon drinks. Regrets when we left.

3  Thank Eli B
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