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“Where Ancient History Tradition Dwell”

The Old City of Safed
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Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Safed
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

From Tiberias, after a winding road, a well worthy site to visit, a colony of artists, a place where Marc Chagall lived and worked, with tons of art galleries and Judaica stores. Must Visit.

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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Having studied Kabbalah in America with an observant Jewish mentor, I was most interested in visiting the heart of Jewish mysticism.

Safed (or Safet, Tsfat, Tzfat, Zfas, Zefad, Zefat) is one of four holy cities in Israel, together with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias. The Meam Loez says the Messiah will come from Safed on his way to Jerusalem. The Ari HaKodesh said that until the Third Temple is built, the Shechinah rests above Safed. Others say the city is home to the Jewish soul. A revered figure in the Kabbalistic world, Rabbi Isaac Luria (The Ari), studied Torah here with Elijah the Prophet at his side. The oldest synagogue in Safed, the Sephardic HaAri Synagogue was were he spent much of his time.

Whatever you believe, Safed is Israel's highest town offering beautiful views in all directions. The old city has character, charm and narrow, ambling alleyways. Notice the picturesque doors and iron gates. Visit the other synagogues, each unique. Descend the Great Stairs, which were used by the British to separate the Arab and Jewish quarters (OK, they are outside the old city). Next to Kabbalah, the city is known for art, with many galleries and shops. You may see some of the "personalities" a town of artists and mystics attract.

Visit Safed with open curiosity; you are sure to feel the mystery and the history, the mystical and the sacred.

Thank lulu31belle
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Safed or Tz'fat, as it is more correctly pronounced, is a new-ancient city. On Metzudah hill you can find the remains of the Citadel built and rebuilt by conquering armies and then destroyed time and again by earthquake. On the western slopes of this hill is the Old City with its bordering Artists' Quarter. Here one finds the old and the new sharing rebuilt streets. Many ancient synagogues, Judaica shops and art galleries abound. In both areas of Tz'fat are museums of many kinds.

So religion, history, archeology, art...just about any aspect of the tourist experience can be sought for and found in this city.

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