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The Mystical City of Tzfat: The Spiritual Soul of Jewish Heritage

The Top Three Reasons to Visit Tzfat

03.19.2017
Israel Experts Staff
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The Mystical City of Tzfat

If you are accepted for a free trip to Israel , you will get to explore many of the most spectacular places in Israel without having to pay a penny. Your only costs are the fare that you pay from your home location to the airport. The rest is funded by the Birthright Israel organization. One of the most beautiful places that you will see during your Birthright Israel trip is the mystical city of Tzfat, or Safed as it is more familiarly known, lies in the Upper Galilee region of northern Israel. Together with the ancient cities of Tiberias, Jerusalem, and Hebron, Tzfat is widely regarded as one of the holiest places in the country. In fact, according to Jewish belief, the Messiah will rise from Tzfat and then proceed to Jerusalem.

The Mysterious Galilean Flavor

If you want to experience the true essence of the Galilee, you should definitely travel to Tzfat. There are beautiful cobblestone streets and plenty of fresh mountain air, all surrounded by gorgeous scenery. Relax in comfort as you view forests and lush green plains all around you. Tzfat isn’t just a place located in the center of beautiful surroundings. It is widely regarded as a popular sanctuary for artists. Many of the country’s most popular artists, photographers, micro-calligraphers, Judaica artists, painters, ceramic potters, and jewelry makers have their businesses here. This only adds to the mystical atmosphere of this intriguing city.

Places to See

Just below the Old City of Safed lies the Tzfat Cemetery. Many of the most prominent Jewish rabbis are buried here. The graves are painted in a distinctive blue color. Rabbi Isaac Luria, also known as The Arizal, and Rabbi Yosef Caro, who is most well-known for writing the Jewish law known as Shulchan Aruch, are both buried in Tzfat Cemetery. The spot is very popular for those who want to meditate or think deep thoughts.

You will also get a glimpse of modern history. The Davidka Monument displays the little cannon that was crucial to battles fought near Tzfat during Israel's 1948 War of Independence. You should also visit places like the Candle Factory, which includes paintings and caricatures showing many Jewish and Biblical characters, such as David and Goliath, and a caricature of Noah’s Ark.

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