Monday, May 21, 2012

Tiberias & Zfat in Northern Israel


From Jerusalem to northern Israel. I am having a brief vacation before Shavuot comes up this Mozzaei Shabbat (Saturday night after Shabbat). Right after the holiday, I am facing a doctor's appointment, as my meniscus broke apart. I can walk but sometimes it is really painful. However, back in Zfat I am trying to think about something spiritual and not necessarily about the injections and the treatment waiting for me next week. 

After not having been up north for more than a year I can surely say that nothing has really changed. Tiberias at the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) as well as Zfat are the same and the relaxed Galilee atmosphere rules. People in the north are a bit slow but not everyone has to run all the time as people in Tel Aviv.:-)

Tiberias now has a new Mac Donald's branch at its Central Busstation. The branch is kosher but extremely expensive. So, watch out in case you go there. 

What I also noticed is that Afula and Tiberias are becoming more haredi. The Vishnitzer Chassidim built their own neighbourhood in Afula and Tiberias with its famous graves of Zaddikim (Rambam, Rabbi Me'ir Ba'al HaNess, Rabbi Akivah, etc.) has a higher haredi concentration anyway.

Here are a few photos of the romantic landscape:

Hills around Tiberias

The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) this afternoon. In the background you can see the Golan Heights and behind them we find Syria.

Landscape between Tiberias and Zfat


Before entering Zfat. Today the town has become very popular among new immigrants (Olim) from the US. Relatively affordable rents and costs of living. Religious Jews like to move to the old and famous kabbalistic town of Zfat. However, the town is facing a severe problem: An extremely high amount of unemployed inhabitants. If you are planning on moving to Zfat, please take into consideration that the town can hardly offer any jobs !

Around Zfat

View to Meron

The tiny Zfat mall: Rehov Yerushalayim - Jerusalem Street.

Copyright / Photos: Miriam Woelke

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