Thursday, December 23, 2010

The "Madonna House" in Zfat


Zfat (Safed) is a small town in northern Israel and became very famous during the Middle Ages. Famous Kabbalists such as Rabbi Moshe Cordovero or the Arizal (Rabbi Yitzchak Luria) were living and teaching there. The “Zohar” was actually published in Spain in 1290, but, nevertheless, Zfat became a known kabbalistic center in the 16th century. Furthermore, Zfat is among the four holy cities in Israel (besides Hebron, Jerusalem and Tiberias).

No wonder that also freaky Madonna got excited and wanted to build a house in Zfat. However, the Jews of Zfat don't want any Christian Madonna in Zfat and threw her out. The "Madonna House" was never finished and only some hippies like to sleep in there when the weather is nice.

Photos: Miriam Woelke

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