Kabbalah Heritage Walk: Discover Mysteries of Judaism at Zefat/Safed's Kabbalistic Sites
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Safed
Embark on the Kabbalah Heritage Walk in Zefat/Safed to uncover the mysteries of Judaism and explore the transformative impact of 16th-century Kabbalists. Engage with a local scholar and experience the spiritual energy of significant Kabbalah sites.
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Tarpat Street - Embark on a journey to explore significant Kabbalistic sites and delve into the concepts and customs associated with each location.

The esoteric and traditionally clandestine aspect of Jewish tradition is known as “Kabbalah.” For centuries, these esoteric teachings were shrouded in secrecy, with scant information accessible to the general populace. However, in the 16th century, the town of Zefat/Safed emerged as the epicenter of Kabbalistic wisdom. A host of renowned Kabbalists, including Rabbi Moshe Cordivero, The “Alkabetz”, and The Holy Ari “Isaac Luria”, imparted their knowledge here.

Zefat/Safed is also recognized for being the residence of Rabbi Yosef Cairo, who penned the definitive text on Jewish Religious law, the “Shulchan Aruch”.

The Kabbalah Heritage Walk stands out because it is conducted by individuals who have not only studied these teachings but are also deeply influenced by them. At each historical spot, participants will gain insights into the teachings of the pertinent sage and understand their influence on contemporary global Judaism.

The tour is available once daily from Sunday to Thursday, commencing at 1:30 pm, and on Friday, it begins at 11 am. Visits outside these times can be arranged with prior coordination and are dependent on availability.

What's Included
  • All fees and taxes included
Additional Information

What is Kabbalah? How did the 16th century’s Kabbalists of Zefat/Safed change the face of Judaism? Learn about the legends and mysteries of Kabbalah at their significant sites.

The city of Zefat/Safed is known as one of the four ‘Holy Cities’ of Judaism. During the 16th century the city was home to a list of extremely influential Jewish leaders. Their teachings and contributions to Judaism are still very evident in modern Jewish life.

Some of those who visit these synagogues and burial sites claim to have experienced unexplainable feelings.

The Kabbalah Heritage Walk is your chance to engage a local Talmudic and Kabbalistc scholar while visiting Kabbalah significant sites. To have an open conversation on how these teaching impact daily Jewish life and to ask any question you may have.

Location
Kikar HaMeginim
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Phillip_a
Sep 21, 2023
Excellent tour of Tzfat and Kabbalah - This was a very enjoyable tour of the old city of Tzfat. Our guide, Rabbi Shmuel, was excellent and patient in explaining and my mother and I learned a lot about the history of Tzfat, the history of Kabbalah, and the history of Kabbalah in Tzfat. I really appreciated the Rabbi's knowledge and willingness to explain and answer all of our questions. My mother and I both left this tour with a deep appreciation for the place and the history of the place. Thank you Rabbi Shmuel!
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Nolanf683
Jul 18, 2023
Amazing Experience - Rabbi Kopel did an amazing job with this tour. He was very personal and down to earth and spoke to the level of knowledge of our family. He is extremely knowledgeable about the historic, spiritual, and religious aspects of the city. He did an amazing job of tying how the Kabalah in Judaism can be used in our lives. He also showed us some historically significant landmarks that are important for Judaism. I would highly recommend Rabbi Kopel if you want to learn about Tzfat, Judaism, and Kaballah.
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J7567kdlisal
Jul 8, 2023
A tour with great meaning - Rabbi Kopel’s knowledge, personal warmth, encouragement of and patience with answering questions is exemplary. His students are blessed to have such a teacher.
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271nancym
Jun 20, 2023
Great walking tour of Tfat - Rabbi Shmuel gave a very comprehensive tour of Zfat and the synagogues. He also gave an excellent explanation of Kabbalah and mysticism. Would highly recommend.
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Susan
Mar 11, 2023
Don’t hesitate if you really want to know about Zafet! - What a fascinating place with a fascinating history. The Rabbi was very knowledgeable and was very engaging. It’s a big 👍
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790martyp
Nov 18, 2022
Witnessing More than Kabbalah - Rabbi Kopel is eloquent and quietly impassioned as he guides you through the deep history of Sfat and Kabbalah. He stops to point out the spot where Kabbalat Shabbat service was conceived, and he talks at some length about the role of the Ari (Isaac Luria) in birthing Kabbalah -- "the wine of Torah," as the Rabbi explains. He is a terrific guide, generous with his knowledge and his time. There is no sense of hurry, and ample time to talk, to sit quietly in sacred spaces, and to reflect. We came away from this tour with a deeper feeling for the mystical dimensions of Judaism, as well as some specific knowledge. The feeling is, in truth, harder to communicate -- but this Rabbi knows exactly how. A delight!
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Jessicafl7434lq
Nov 14, 2022
Best tour in Israel! - The tour of Safed with Rabbi Kopel was a highlight in our trip to Israel. My husband and I were so touched by his generosity, passion and knowledge. The tour gives you a deep appreciation of the place, history and origins of the Kabbalah. He was very thoughtful in curating the tour to our interests and made an effort to get to know us - it was so special to have so much time with so learned, spiritual and open hearted. Can't recommended it enough!
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Michael
Oct 11, 2022
The right man for the job - Rabbi Kopel was generous with both his knowledge and his heart. We walked and I learned a lot about the key figures, landmarks and general concepts of Kabbalah (as much as one can in an hour or so). We also had a very exciting and animated conversation about Jewish spirituality. He’s a wonderful guy, and you’ll learn a lot in a short period of time.
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Lawyer602
Sep 8, 2022
Excellent - Rabbi Kopel was so knowledgeable and interesting, and he really made us think. It was a wonderful and insightful tour, I recommend it highly.
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Alina_d
Aug 30, 2022
Great experience at the... - Great experience at the beautiful city . Guide was knowledgeable and friendly. We were able to see a lot and learned a lot.
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