Why Tsfat?


The Holy City of Tsfat is located in the Upper Galilee of Northern Israel. Over five hundred years ago, the area was home to some of the greatest scholars, mystics and spiritual leaders in Jewish history. They strove to fuse heaven and earth together by merging the hidden and revealed aspects of the Torah. Among them were the Arizal, Rabbi Isaac Luria, who formulated the entire system now used to understand the Kabbalah, and the Beit Yosef, Rabbi Yosef Karo, author of the Shulchan Aruch, the definitive Code of Jewish Law. They established a spiritual foundation, transforming what it meant to be a Jew forever. The city awaited imminent world-wide redemption, as the Arizal and his student, Rabbi Chaim Vital, sought to catalyze the events that would bring the Messiah.

In a tradition from the Arizal, when the first Jewish Temple was destroyed, the Shechina retreated slowly in stages until… the Holy City of Tsfat. And there She remains until the final redemption. Rebbe Nachman of Breslev tells a story about a lost princess on a Golden Mountain. According to Reb Gedaliah Aharon Kenig, the Golden Mountain is Tsfat.