Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Ashkenazi ARI Synagogue in Zfat


Zfat (Safed) in northern Israel is famous for its medieval Kabbalah history. Rabbi Moshe Alshich, Rabbi Moshe Cordovero, Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi Alkabetz, Rabbi Yosef Karo and in particular the ARI (Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, 1534 - 1572) used to call Zfat their home. 

Until today, there are two ARI Synagogues located in the Old City of Zfat. One for the Ashkenazim and another one called "The Sephardi ARI Synagogue". I think the reason is that it is not clear whether the ARI was actually Ashkezani or Sephardi. 

The video I took this afternoon was inside the Ashkenazi ARI Synagogue and I will be filming the Sephardi counterpart next week !

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