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The Jewish settlement in Tzfat dates back to the Temple period but Safed – pronounced “Tz-fat” in Hebrew – achieved fame and a reputation as the “City of Kabbalah” during the 16th century. Rabbis, Kabbalistic scholars and other Jews fled the Spanish Inquisition and made this their mountaintop home.
The holy Ohr Hachaim Hakadosh was born in Morocco, in the city Salé, to his father R’ Moshe. R’ Moshe was the son of Reb Chaim ben Atar Hazakon.
R’ Chaim ben Atar, the grandfather of the Ohr Hachaim Hakadosh, was Ohr Hachaim Hakadosh’s rebbi, and he studied torah with him. The Ohr Hachaim Hakadosh was called with the identical name of his grandfather. The tradition in those days was that the name of the grandfather was given to the grandchildren, even while the grandfathers were alive.
The Golan Heights is a rocky plateau in south-western Syria, about 60km (40 miles) south-west of Damascus and covers about 1,000 sq km. It has a political and strategic significance which belies its size. Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria in the closing stages of the 1967 Six-Day War.
Amuka is in a deep valley about 8 kilometres from Safed. Buried there is the sage Rabbi Yonatan Ben Uziel who was a student of Rabbi Hillel the elder, of the first century B.C.E. The story says that before he died he promised that if someone looking for their beshert (intended), prayed at his grave, their prayers would be answered.
The Cave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai is located in the Druze occupied village of Peki’in, North Israel. It was in this location that Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai hid with his son Rabbi Elazar to escape a death sentence from the ruling Roman government. Upon their arrival, a carob tree miraculously sprouted near the entrance of the cave to provide them […]
The Old City of Jerusalem is one of the most special places on Earth! At the heart of the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian religions, this one-kilometer area in the center of Jerusalem is beyond words and cannot be missed. The Old City is home to the Western Wall (aka Wailing Wall and in Hebrew Kotel). This is the last remaining wall of what was once the […]