September 6th 2016
Tzfat is one of the four holy cities in Israel, but after just a moment or two in this mystical place, you will already feel the spirituality that pulses through its very air. From ancient burial sites to some invigorating nature spots, here’s the low down on what’s what up in Tzfat.
Among being known for the mysticism, spirituality, and natural beauty, Tzfat is also prominently acknowledged as an artist’s haven. The streets are filled with murals, paintings, and banners produced by local talents, but the piece de’ resistance is the Artists’ Quarter. This strip of road is dedicated to showcasing some of the most unusual, delightful, and moving artwork in the world both modern and ancient, and, if you appreciate art from varying perspectives, it’s a must-see for you.
Mount Meron is not actually in Tzfat but it’s a quick hop, skip, and jump away, and it is a memorable adventure to take. Many tourists will hike from Tzfat to Meron, climbing the winding mountain roads and taking in the stunning sights along the way.
Tzfat Cemetery & Prominent Graves
With the boundaries between real and surreal, past and present, soul and body so blended in this mystical city, even the gateways between life and death seem to blur. That’s why when visitors come to the burial sites of some of the most prominent figures in Jewish history; they feel almost as though it’s a regular Skype call. Connect to these spiritual giants and get a recharge visiting The Arizal (Rabbi Isaac Luria), Shimon Bar Yochai, Pinchas Ben Yair, and many more Torah luminaries.
Tzfat is also home to some of the most beautiful and ancient synagogues in the world. Both the AriZal’s Sephardic and Ashkenazi synagogues are some of the oldest standing buildings, built in the 16th century and both hold gorgeous centerpieces such as a solid olive wood Ark and stained glass windows. There is also the Yosef Caro synagogue, the Abuhov, and the prayer-house of Rabbi Yossi Bannai, to name a few. To get the most authentic experience of all though, tourists should visit Mekarev, a small synagogue that is used by the locals to shake the world with their devout prayer services and moving melodies.
Come experience this magical, mystical city for yourself because some things in this world need to be seen to be believed.