Tzfat (aka Safed)

At 3,000 feet above sea level, Tzfat is the highest city in Israel. It is reputed as the center of Jewish mysticism (aka Kabbalah).

The Crusaders built a fortress here and has become a center of Kabbalah study.

Kabbalah which dates back to the 12th century was formed as a reaction to formal rabbinical Judaism and is essentially about reading between and around the lines. Each letter and accent of every word in the holy books has a numerical value with specific significance offering added meaning to the literal word. You can walk around the city and enjoy many of the Kabbalah learning centers and artist shops.

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