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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.

Homage to Safed.

Images from Safed:

Images from Abuhav Synagogue:

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Comments

  • Moshe Cohen
    Moshe Cohenalmost 6 years ago

  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...almost 6 years ago

  • Thank you Julie for your kind comment and favorite.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • Miron Abramovici
    Miron Abramovicialmost 6 years ago

    Superb! Instant fav!

  • Thank you Miron.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltalmost 6 years ago

    work of art

  • Thank you very much, I appreciate your comment.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • Dawne Olson
    Dawne Olsonalmost 6 years ago

    Incredible! So ‘other-worldly’. Its just gorgeous and your writing is exceptional.

  • Thank you very much Dawne, I am glade you like it.
    Safed is really very mystical city, somehow you get the feeling that there is something else behind the surface.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • Rosina  Lamberti
    Rosina Lambertialmost 6 years ago

    great shot – love the colours

  • Thank you Rosina,
    It’s great to get such a comment from you, I really appreciate your comment.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • kentuckyblueman
    kentuckybluemanalmost 6 years ago

    Awesome work,well done!

  • Thank you very much, I appreciate your comment.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertalmost 6 years ago

    Its great to get a look at other parts of the world and your writing helps to flavour and enhance the experience. A wonderful picture.

  • Thank you,
    It’s wonderful place to visit if you arrive in Israel sometime.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • sketchesofcoop
    sketchesofcoopalmost 6 years ago

    Simply beautiful!

  • Thank you.

    – Moshe Cohen

  • IngridSonja
    IngridSonjaalmost 6 years ago

    Super shot!

  • Thank you, I appreciate your comment.

    – Moshe Cohen

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