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“Worth the drive” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Tzfat Kabbalah Experience

The Tzfat Kabbalah Experience
Old City, Safed, Israel
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Ranked #5 of 25 things to do in Safed
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“Worth the drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

I just returned from a very long drive to see Tzfat. My daughter saw it while on birthright and could not stop talking about it. I now understand why. It is so unique. The art work is so beautiful. You see jewelry candles paintings statues etc. The 3 synagogues are magical. You can feel it when you walk in. Each one is unique and decorated beautifully. While wandering around the streets steps and hills you pass homes of where people live. It is so unique to see. There are plenty of places to eat. It is not fancy. Dress modest or bring a scarf to cover your shoulders.

Visited July 2013
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“Not to be missed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Amazing experience in this beautiful place. It feels like stepping back in time. The city is quite hilly and parking was a challenge but it was all worth it. Very talented artists selling a wide range of media. Many places to get a bite. Touring some of the old synagogues was very special for us. Suggest you come prepared with a good map of the city! Easy to get lost walking around-although that was part of the adventure too.

Visited June 2013
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“MYSTICAL, MAGICAL TRIP”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We love heading north in Israel to the city of Tzfat. One of the original holy cities of ancient Israel, it was also the home of Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism). Today, the ancient quarter of this otherwise modern city is still amazing. There are a number of famous and very old synagogues located in Tzfat, each commanding its own tales and aura of mysticism.

The artists' quarter is a gold mine of arts in many different media, although paintings predominate. Jewelry, wall hangings, shofar stores, an amazing candle store, and no shortage of simply incredible art galleries. In the past, we have also visited a factory where they will embroider to your design. We bought a challah cover and a matzah cover, both made to our specifications and shipped to the USA.

We love visiting Tzfat and go often. You should, too!

Visited January 2013
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“religious is beautiful in Safed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Our hotel is located in the prettiest artists' colony in the old city.Its called the Rimonim. We arrive at night fall and are immediately struck by the magical quiet that is spiritual yet maternal. G-d likes this place, as it is a honey pot for ultra orthodox in great numbers. Quaker-like chassidic families move quickly through the uncrowded streets.So do the many ecstatic,zombie-like black tops that the local artists call crazy. It is a heady town that is beautifully preserved with intricate cobblestones alleys that house the artists' garrets and numerous galleries. local artists exude the fire & light of Safed.They are inspired,proud and very knowledgeable in their crafts of metal filigree,polymers,paint & stone masonary.
This is a mountain top city. An ethereal place to get lost in. It has been the center of kabbala since 1500 to the Hassidic and hippie, alike. Its a cobbled labarynth of steep stone staircases with beautiful hidden gardens. Safed has a bohemian atmosphere with loads of artistic temptations it is israel's highest town. It is ancient,mystical and spiritual. There are beautiful metal doors and fences evidenced as you explore up and down and across this truely exotic place. The town skirts the Yermek mountain range and is 2953 ft high. Eating is an absolute pleasure with countless hole-in-the-wall enterprises that furnish shwarma,falafel and wholesome flash-fried wheat crackers,pita filled with organic fillings and excellent fish choices.
Traders are not pushy & the artists shine with a divine spirit. Do stop frequently to slack your thirst with freshly-squeezed orange or lemon drinks. Regrets when we left.

Visited May 2013
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“Very Impressive!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

I came there not sure what to expect, but left with a really good feeling.
I decided to take a session with the Rabbi and learn more about Kabbalah and Judaism and myself. He was very knowledgable and caring but also professional. He helped me work through a few issues I was having. There was a visual presentation there that was informative and a good intro to kabbalah. The Tzfat Kabbalah Center is not connected to other centers, and does not demand that you subscribe to their views and pay exhorbanant amounts of money to be a part of them. They really seemed to care about my wellbeing and sincerely want to help make a difference in peoples lives. I will definitely be visiting again next time Im able to get to Israel, I plan on taking my son.

Visited June 2013
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