Abuhav alley Safed at night by Moshe Cohen

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The holy city of Safed, perched on a mountain top in the upper Galilee, conjures many images to all lovers of the city. The romantic flavor of narrow cobblestone lanes and ancient synagogues fills one’s lungs with a new spirit. The rusty old houses with there domed roofs clearly identifies the city with the mysterious past of the Holy Land.

The history of Safed, in real terms, dates back only five hundred years to the beginning of the 16th century. As if out of nowhere, Jews from near and far settled there – as if answering a divine call – and built the largest Jewish settlement in Palestine. Furthermore, great scholars and mystics opened yeshivos in Safed, being an added incentive to other young men of wisdom to settle there. In one sense, the last half of the 16th century was the pinnacle of Torah grandeur which the city experienced. The author of the Shulchan Aruch (Jewish Code of Laws), Rabbi Joseph Karo, sat at the head of the rabbinical court while compiling his compendium of Jewish Law. At the same time, another saintly man by the name of Rabbi Isaac Luria revealed the mystical side of the Torah, called Kabalah. Together these men and their disciples opened new pathways to the Torah which embedded an invisible holiness in the very rocks of the city.

Today everyone who strolls through the city is caught off guard by the hidden spirit of Safed which vibrates full of life after so many generations. Not only newcomers are surprised, but even weathered old comers as well.

Images from Safed:

Images from Abuhav Synagogue:

Comments

  • Moshe Cohen
    Moshe Cohenover 5 years ago

  • Estelle O'Brien
    Estelle O'Brienover 5 years ago

    Moshe this is a perfect example of why I love your work so much. You have captured not only the photographic beauty and fantastic contrast of light and shadow, but you also explore the spiritual and emotional cadences of your timeless land. Great work, my friend.

  • Thank you Estelle,
    Safed is really a magical and spiritual city.
    We spend 3 days there, and it was fascinating, it was the Purim holiday and i can’t imagine a better place to spend this holiday.
    I will write about my experience with more photos soon.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • Stuart Baxter
    Stuart Baxterover 5 years ago

    outstanding…

  • Gregory John O'Flaherty
    Gregory John O...over 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot. Love the tone and colour

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 5 years ago

  • Hena Tayeb
    Hena Tayebover 5 years ago

    great shot

  • alanbrito
    alanbritoover 5 years ago

    Great shot! Beautiful light. Would be nice to see a human figure in there to give it more perspective and life. Like your style…

  • Veikko  Suikkanen
    Veikko Suikkanenabout 5 years ago

    Really fantastic night shot! So beautiful light!

  • Thank you so much Veikko.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • GloriaDK
    GloriaDKabout 5 years ago

    This is such a lovely shot of a really awe inspiring place Moshe. We have so many books in the house that you have mentioned and much more. shalom shalom

  • Thank you so much Gloria.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • MaluC
    MaluCalmost 5 years ago

    This is stunning Moshe! To my favs :)
    malu

  • Thank you so much Malu.

    – Moshe Cohen

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