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Safed
Safed
(Hebrew: צְפַת‬ Tsfat, Ashkenazi: Tzfas, Biblical: Ṣ'fath; Arabic: صفد‎, Ṣafad) is a city in the Northern District of Israel. Located at an elevation of 900 metres (2,953 ft), Safed
Safed
is the highest city in the Galilee
Galilee
and in Israel.[3] Due to its high elevation, Safed
Safed
experiences warm summers and cold, often snowy, winters.[4] Safed
Safed
has been identified with Sepph, a fortified town in the Upper Galilee
Galilee
mentioned in the writings of the Roman-Jewish historian Josephus.[5] It is mentioned in the Jerusalem Talmud
Jerusalem Talmud
as one of five elevated spots where fires were lit to announce the New Moon and festivals during the Second Temple
Second Temple
period.[6] In the 12th century, Safed
Safed
was a fortified city in the Crusaders' Kingdom of Jerusalem, known to them as Saphet.[4] Mamluk Sultan Baibars
Baibars
captured the city in 1266, and appointed a governor to be in charge of the fortress.[7] The city also became the administrative center of Mamlakat Safad, a province in Mamluk Syria whose jurisdiction included the Galilee
Galilee
and the lands up to Jenin.[8] Under the Ottomans, Safed
Safed
was the capital of the Safad Sanjak, which encompassed much of the Galilee
Galilee
and extended to the Mediterranean coast. Since the 16th century, Safed
Safed
has been considered one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron
Hebron
and Tiberias;[9] since that time, the city has remained a center of Kabbalah
Kabbalah
and Jewish mysticism. Interest in the Kabbalah
Kabbalah
was brought to the city by Rabbi
Rabbi
Isaac Luria
Isaac Luria
in the 16th century.[10] Due to its mild climate and scenic views, Safed
Safed
is a popular holiday resort frequented by Israelis and foreign visitors.[11] In 2016 it had a population of 33,636.[2]

Contents

1 Biblical reference 2 History

2.1 Classical Antiquity 2.2 Early Muslim period 2.3 Crusader period 2.4 Mamluk period 2.5 Ottoman era 2.6 British Mandate of Palestine 2.7 State of Israel

3 Demographics 4 Seismology 5 Climate 6 Education 7 Religious life 8 Culture 9 Tourism

9.1 Citadel Hill 9.2 Old Jewish Quarter 9.3 Artists' Quarter 9.4 Southern part

10 Born in Safed 11 Notable residents of Safed 12 Twin towns — sister cities 13 Gallery 14 References 15 Bibliography 16 External links

Biblical reference[edit] Legend has it that Safed
Safed
was founded by a son of Noah
Noah
after the Great Flood.[4] According to the Book of Judges
Book of Judges
(Judges 1:17), the area where Safed
Safed
is located was assigned to the tribe of Naphtali.[12] It has been suggested that Jesus' assertion that "a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden" [13] may have referred to Safed.[14] History[edit] Classical Antiquity[edit] Safed
Safed
has been identified with Sepph, a fortified town in the Upper Galilee
Galilee
mentioned in the writings of the Roman-Jewish historian Josephus.[15] It is mentioned in the Jerusalem Talmud
Jerusalem Talmud
as one of five elevated spots where fires were lit to announce the New Moon and festivals during the Second Temple
Second Temple
period.[6] Early Muslim period[edit] There is scarce information about the town of Safed
Safed
prior to the Crusader conquest in 1099.[16] Crusader period[edit]

Ruins of the Crusader-Mamluk-era fortress of Safed

The city appears in Jewish sources in the late Middle Ages.[4][clarification needed] In the 12th century, Safed
Safed
was a fortified city in the Crusaders' Kingdom of Jerusalem, known by the Crusaders
Crusaders
as Saphet.[4] King Fulk built a strong castle there, which was kept by the Knights Templar
Knights Templar
from 1168.[17] Benjamin of Tudela, who visited the town in 1170, does not mention any Jews
Jews
as living there.[18] Safed
Safed
was captured by the Ayyubids led by Saladin
Saladin
in 1188 after one year's siege, following the Battle of Hattin
Battle of Hattin
in 1187. Saladin ultimately allowed its residents to relocate to Tyre.[17] Samuel ben Samson, who visited the town in 1210, mentions the existence of a Jewish community of at least fifty there.[19] In 1227, the Ayyubid emir of Damascus, al-Mu'azzam 'Isa, had the Safed
Safed
castle demolished to prevent it being captured and reused by potential future Crusades.[17] In 1240, Theobald I of Navarre, on his own Crusade to the Holy Land, negotiated with the Ayyubids of Damascus
Damascus
and of Egypt[clarification needed] and finalized a treaty with the former against the latter whereby the Kingdom of Jerusalem
Kingdom of Jerusalem
regained Jerusalem
Jerusalem
itself, plus Bethlehem
Bethlehem
and most of the region of Galilee, including Nazareth
Nazareth
and Safed.[20] The Templars thereafter rebuilt the town's fortress.[17] Mamluk period[edit] In 1260, the Mamluk sultan Baybars
Baybars
declared the treaty invalid due to the Christians working in concert with the Mongol Empire
Mongol Empire
against the Muslims, and launched a series of attacks on castles in the area, including on Safed.[citation needed] In 1266, during a Mamluk military campaign to subdue Crusader strongholds in Palestine, Baybars
Baybars
captured Safed
Safed
in July, following a failed attempt to capture the Crusaders' coastal stronghold of Acre.[16] Unlike the coastal Crusader fortresses, which were demolished upon their capture by the Mamluks, Baybars
Baybars
spared Safed
Safed
from destruction.[7] Instead, he appointed a governor to be in charge of the fortress.[7] Baybars
Baybars
likely preserved Safed
Safed
because he viewed its fortress to be of high strategic value due to its location on a high mountain and its isolation from other Crusader fortresses.[7] Moreover, Baybars
Baybars
determined that in the event of a renewed Crusader invasion of the coastal region, a strongly fortified Safed
Safed
could serve as an ideal headquarters to confront the Crusader threat.[21] In 1268, he had the fortress repaired, expanded and strengthened.[7] Furthermore, he commissioned numerous building works in the town of Safed, including caravanserais, markets, baths, and converted the town's church into a mosque.[22] By the end of Baybars' reign, Safed
Safed
had become the site of a prospering town, in addition to its fortress.[22] The city also became the administrative center of Mamlakat Safad, a province in Mamluk Syria whose jurisdiction included the Galilee
Galilee
and the lands further south down to Jenin.[23] According to al-Dimashqi, who died in Safed
Safed
in 1327, writing around 1300, Baybars
Baybars
built a "round tower and called it Kullah ..." after leveling the old fortress. The tower is built in three stories. It is provided with provisions, and halls, and magazines. Under the place is a cistern for rain-water, sufficient to supply the garrison of the fortress from year's end to year's end.[24] According to Abu'l Fida, Safed
Safed
"was a town of medium size. It has a very strongly built castle, which dominates the Lake of Tabariyyah. There are underground watercourses, which bring drinking-water up to the castle-gate...Its suburbs cover three hills... Since the place was conquered by Al Malik Adh Dhahir [Baybars] from the Franks [Crusaders], it has been made the central station for the troops who guard all the coast-towns of that district."[25] Ottoman era[edit] See also: Jewish textile industry in 16th-century Safed

"Saraya", the Ottoman-period fortress

Old Yishuv

Jewish life in the Land of Israel
Land of Israel
under Ottoman rule

Key events

Aliya of Nachmanides
Nachmanides
(1267) Alhambra (1492) Manuel I decree (1496) Hebron
Hebron
and Safed
Safed
massacres (1517) Revival of Tiberias
Tiberias
(1563) Sack of Tiberias
Tiberias
(1660) Hebron
Hebron
massacre (1834) Safed
Safed
attack (1838) Jerusalem
Jerusalem
expansion Moshavot establishment

Key figures

Ishtori Haparchi
Ishtori Haparchi
(d. 1313) Joseph Saragossi
Joseph Saragossi
(d. 1507) Obadiah MiBartenura (d. 1515) Levi ibn Habib
Levi ibn Habib
(d. 1545) Jacob Berab
Jacob Berab
(d. 1546) Joseph Nasi
Joseph Nasi
(d. 1579) Moses Galante (d. 1689) Moses ibn Habib (d. 1696) Yehuda he-Hasid
Yehuda he-Hasid
(d. 1700) Haim Abulafia (d. 1744) Menachem Mendel (d. 1788) Haim Farhi
Haim Farhi
(d. 1820) Jacob Saphir
Jacob Saphir
(d. 1886) Haim Aharon Valero (d. 1923)

Economy

Etrog cultivation Winemaking Banking Printing Soap production Textiles

Philanthropy

Kollel Halukka

Montefiore Judah Touro

Communities

Musta'arabim Sephardim Perushim Hasidim

Jerusalem

Mea Shearim Mishkenot Sha'ananim

Hebron Safed Tiberias Jaffa Haifa Peki'in Acco Shechem Gaza Kafr Yasif Shefa-'Amr Petah Tikva

Synagogues

Great Academy of Paris
Great Academy of Paris
(1258) Ramban (1267) Abuhav (1490s) Abraham Avinu (1540) Ari (1570s) Johanan ben Zakai (1600s) Hurva (1700) Tifereth Israel
Israel
(1872)

Related articles

History of the Jews
Jews
and Judaism in the Land of Israel

Four Holy Cities Applicability of religious laws

History of Zionism

Timeline Pre-Modern Aliyah Return to Zion Three Oaths Haredim and Zionism

Edah HaChareidis ShaDaR

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Under the Ottomans, Safed
Safed
was the capital of the Safad Sanjak, which encompassed much of the Galilee
Galilee
and extended to the Mediterranean coast. This sanjak was part of the Eyalet of Damascus
Damascus
until 1660, when it was united with the sanjak of Sidon
Sidon
into a separate eyalet, of which it was briefly the capital. Finally, from the mid-19th century it was part of the vilayet of Sidon. The orthodox Sunni
Sunni
courts arbitrated over cases in 'Akbara, Ein al-Zeitun
Ein al-Zeitun
and as far away as Mejdel Islim.[26] In 1549, under Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, a wall was constructed and troops were stationed to protect the city.[27] During the early Ottoman period from 1525 to 1526, the population of Safed
Safed
consisted of 633 Muslim families, 40 Muslim bachelors, 26 Muslim religious persons, nine Muslim disabled, 232 Jewish families, and 60 military families.[28] In 1553–54, the population consisted of 1,121 Muslim households, 222 Muslim bachelors, 54 Muslim religious leaders, 716 Jewish households, 56 Jewish bachelors, and 9 disabled persons.[29] The Kurdish quarter was established in the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
and continued through to the 19th century.[26] Safed
Safed
rose to fame in the 16th century as a center of Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism.[30] After the expulsion of all the Jews
Jews
from Spain in 1492, many prominent rabbis found their way to Safed, among them the Kabbalists Isaac Luria
Isaac Luria
and Moshe Kordovero; Joseph Caro, the author of the Shulchan Aruch
Shulchan Aruch
and Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz, composer of the Sabbath hymn "Lecha Dodi". The influx of Sephardi Jews—reaching its peak under the rule of Sultans Suleiman the Magnificent
Suleiman the Magnificent
and Selim II—made Safed
Safed
a global center for Jewish learning and a regional center for trade throughout the 15th and 16th centuries.[30][31] A Hebrew
Hebrew
printing press was established in Safed
Safed
in 1577 by Eliezer Ashkenazi and his son, Isaac of Prague.[6][32] In 1584, there were 32 synagogues registered in the town.[33] During the transition from Egyptian Mamluk to Ottoman-Turkish rule in 1517, the local Jewish community was subjected to violent assaults, murder and looting as local sheikhs, sidelined by the change in authority, sought to reassert their control after being removed from power by the incoming Turks. Economic decline after 1560 and expulsion decrees depleted the Jewish community in 1583. Local Arabs assaulted those who remained, and two epidemics in 1589 and 1594 further damaged the Jewish presence.[34] Over the course of the 17th century, Jewish settlements of Galilee
Galilee
had declined economically and demographically, with Safed
Safed
being no exception. In around 1625, Quaresmius spoke of the town being inhabited "chiefly by Hebrews, who had their synagogues and schools, and for whose sustenance contributions were made by the Jews
Jews
in other parts of the world." [35] In 1628, the city fell to the Druze
Druze
and five years later was retaken by Ottomans. In 1660, in the turmoil following the death of Mulhim Ma'an, the Druze
Druze
destroyed Safed
Safed
and Tiberias, with only a few of the former Jewish residents returning to Safed
Safed
by 1662. As nearby Tiberias
Tiberias
remained desolate for several decades, Safed gained the key position among Galilean Jewish communities. In 1665, the Sabbatai Sevi
Sabbatai Sevi
movement is said to have arrived in the town.

Muslim quarter of Safed
Safed
circa 1908

An outbreak of plague decimated the population in 1742 and the Near East earthquakes of 1759 left the city in ruins, killing 200 town residents.[36] An influx of Russian Jews
Jews
in 1776 and 1781, and of Lithuanian Jews
Jews
of the Perushim
Perushim
movement in 1809 and 1810, reinvigorated the Jewish community.[37] In 1812, another plague killed 80% of the Jewish population, and, in 1819, the remaining Jewish residents were held for ransom by Abdullah Pasha, the Acre-based governor of Sidon.[citation needed] During the period of Egyptian domination (ca. 1831-1841), the city experienced a severe decline, with the Jewish community hit particularly hard. In the 1834 looting of Safed, much of the Jewish quarter was destroyed by rebel Arabs, who plundered the city for many weeks. In 1837 there were around 4,000 Jews
Jews
in Safed.[clarification needed][38] The Galilee
Galilee
earthquake of 1837 was particularly catastrophic for the Jewish population, as the Jewish quarter was located on the hillside. About half their number perished, resulting in around 2,000 deaths.[38] Of the 2,158 inhabitants killed, 1507 were Ottoman subjects. The southern, Muslim section of the town suffered far less damage.[39] The following year, in 1838, the Druze
Druze
rebels robbed the city over the course of three days, killing many among the Jews. In 1840, Ottoman rule was restored. In 1847, plague struck Safed again. The Jewish population increased in the last half of the 19th century by immigration from Persia, Morocco, and Algeria. Moses Montefiore visited Safed
Safed
seven times and financed rebuilding of much of the town. The Kaddoura family[clarification needed] was a major political force in Safed. At the end of Ottoman rule the family owned 50,000 dunams. This included eight villages around Safed.[40] A population list from about 1887 showed that Safad had about 24,615 inhabitants; 13,250 Jews, 5,690 Muslims, and 5,675 Catholic Christians.[41]

Safed
Safed
in 19th century

British Mandate of Palestine[edit] Safed
Safed
was the center of Safad Subdistrict. According to a census conducted in 1922 by the British Mandate authorities, Safed
Safed
had a population of 8,761 inhabitants, consisting of 5,431 Muslims, 2,986 Jews, 343 Christians and others.[42] Safed
Safed
remained a mixed city during the British Mandate for Palestine
British Mandate for Palestine
and ethnic tensions between Jews
Jews
and Arabs rose during the 1920s. With the eruption of the 1929 Palestine riots, Safed
Safed
and Hebron
Hebron
became major clash points. In the Safed
Safed
massacre 20 Jewish residents were killed by local Arabs.[43] Safad was included in the part of Palestine allocated for the proposed Jewish state under the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine.[44]

Mandate Police station at Mount Canaan, above Safed
Safed
(1948)

Safed
Safed
(1948)

Safed
Safed
Citadel (1948)

Safed
Safed
Ottoman Saraya (1948)

Safad Municipal Police Station after the battle (1948)

Bussel House, Safad, 11 April 1948: Yiftach Brigade
Yiftach Brigade
headquarters

View of Safed
Safed
from Mount Canaan (1948)

Mandate administration building on the eastern outskirts of Safed (1948)

By 1948, the city was home to around 1,700 Jews, mostly religious and elderly, as well as some 12,000 Arabs.[4] On 5 January 1948, Arabs attacked the Jewish Quarter.[45] In February 1948, during the civil war, Muslim Arabs attacked a Jewish bus attempting to reach Safed, and the Jewish quarter of the town came under siege by the Muslims. British forces that were present did not intervene. According to Martin Gilbert, food supplies ran short. "Even water and flour were in desperately short supply. Each day, the Arab
Arab
attackers drew closer to the heart of the Jewish quarter, systematically blowing up Jewish houses as they pressed in on the central area."[46] On April 16, the same day that British forces evacuated Safed, 200 local Arab
Arab
militiamen, supported by over 200 Arab
Arab
Liberation Army soldiers, tried to take over the city's Jewish Quarter. They were repelled by the Jewish garrison, consisting of some 200 Haganah fighters, men and women, boosted by a Palmach
Palmach
platoon.[47]

Yiftach Brigade, with their Hotchkiss machine guns, based at Bussel House, 1948

The Palmach
Palmach
ground attack on the Arab
Arab
section of Safed
Safed
took place on 6 May, as a part of Operation Yiftah. The first phase of the Palmach plan to capture Safed, was to secure a corridor through the mountains by capturing the Arab
Arab
village of Birya.[48] The Arab
Arab
Liberation Army had plans to take over the whole city on May 10 and to slaughter all as cabled by the Syrian commander al-Hassan Kam al-Maz, and in the meantime placed artillery pieces on a hill adjacent to the Jewish quarter and started its shelling.[49] The Third Battalion failed to take the main objective, the "citadel", but "terrified" the Arab population sufficiently to prompt further flight, as well as urgent appeals for outside help and an effort to obtain a truce.[50] The secretary-general of the Arab
Arab
League Abdul Rahman Hassan Azzam stated that the goal of Plan Dalet was to drive out the inhabitants of Arab
Arab
villages along the Syrian and Lebanese frontiers, particularly places on the roads by which Arab
Arab
regular forces could enter the country. He noted that Acre and Safed
Safed
were in particular danger.[51] However, the appeals for help were ignored, and the British, now less than a week away from the end of the British Mandate of Palestine, also did not intervene against the second – and final – Haganah attack, which began on the evening of 9 May, with a mortar barrage on key sites in Safed. Following the barrage, Palmach
Palmach
infantry, in bitter fighting, took the citadel, Beit Shalva and the police fort, Safed's three dominant buildings. Through 10 May, Haganah
Haganah
mortars continued to pound the Arab
Arab
neighbourhoods, causing fires in the marked area and in the fuel dumps, which exploded. "The Palmah 'intentionally left open the exit routes for the population to "facilitate" their exodus...' "[52] According to Gilbert, "The Arabs of Safed
Safed
began to leave, including the commander of the Arab
Arab
forces, Adib Shishakli
Adib Shishakli
(later Prime Minister of Syria). With the police fort on Mount Canaan isolated, its defenders withdrew without fighting. The fall of Safed was a blow to Arab
Arab
morale throughout the region... With the invasion of Palestine by regular Arab
Arab
armies believed to be imminent – once the British had finally left in eleven or twelve days' time – many Arabs felt that prudence dictated their departure until the Jews
Jews
had been defeated and they could return to their homes.[53] Some 12,000 Arabs, with some estimates reaching 15,000, fled Safed
Safed
and were a "heavy burden on the Arab
Arab
war effort".[54] Among them was the family of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.[55] The city was fully under the control of Jewish paramilitary forces by May 11, 1948.[4]

Druze
Druze
parading in Safed
Safed
after the Palmach
Palmach
victory. 1948

State of Israel[edit] In 1974, 102 Israeli Jewish school children from Safed
Safed
on a school trip were taken hostage by a Palestinian militant group Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) while sleeping in a school in Maalot. In what became known as the Ma'alot massacre, 22 of these school children were among those killed by the hostage takers after the school had been raided by a special forces unit of the Israel
Israel
Defense Forces. Over 1990s and early 2000s, the town accepted thousands of Russian Jewish immigrants and Ethiopian Beta Israel.[56] In July 2006, Katyusha rockets fired by Hezbollah
Hezbollah
from Southern Lebanon hit Safed, killing one man and injuring others. Many residents fled the town.[57] On July 22, four people were injured in a rocket attack. The town has retained its unique status as a Jewish studies center, incorporating numerous facilities.[56] It is currently a predominantly Jewish town, with mixed religious and secular communities and with a small number of Russian Christians and Maronites. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas
Mahmoud Abbas
was born in Safed
Safed
and left with his family when tensions arose in 1948. In 2012, he publicly stated, "I visited Safed
Safed
before once. I want to see Safed. It's my right to see it, but not to live there." [58] Demographics[edit] In 2008, the population of Safed
Safed
was 32,000.[59] According to CBS figures in 2001, the ethnic makeup of the city was 99.2% Jewish and non-Arab, with no significant Arab
Arab
population. 43.2% of the residents were 19 years of age or younger, 13.5% between 20 and 29, 17.1% between 30 and 44, 12.5% from 45 to 59, 3.1% from 60 to 64, and 10.5% 65 years of age or older. Seismology[edit] The city is located above the Dead Sea Transform, and is one of the cities in Israel
Israel
most at risk to earthquakes (along with Tiberias, Beit She'an, Kiryat Shmona, and Eilat).[60] The last major earthquake to hit Safed
Safed
was the Galilee
Galilee
earthquake of 1837. Climate[edit] Safed
Safed
has a Mediterranean climate
Mediterranean climate
with hot, dry summers and cold, rainy and occasionally snowy winters. The city receives 682 mm (27 in) of precipitation per year. Summers are rainless and hot with an average high temperature of 29 °C (84 °F) and an average low temperature of 18 °C (64 °F). Winters are cold and wet, and precipitation is occasionally in the form of snow. Winters have an average high temperature of 10 °C (50 °F) and an average low temperature of 5 °C (41 °F).

Climate data for Safed

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 21.7 (71.1) 21.2 (70.2) 24.2 (75.6) 32.4 (90.3) 38.1 (100.6) 38 (100) 39 (102) 38.7 (101.7) 36.8 (98.2) 33.1 (91.6) 27.5 (81.5) 24.4 (75.9) 31.25 (88.25)

Average high °C (°F) 9.4 (48.9) 10.1 (50.2) 13.3 (55.9) 19.5 (67.1) 25 (77) 28.3 (82.9) 29.8 (85.6) 29.8 (85.6) 28.1 (82.6) 23.7 (74.7) 16.7 (62.1) 11.5 (52.7) 20.43 (68.77)

Average low °C (°F) 4.5 (40.1) 4.3 (39.7) 6.3 (43.3) 10.6 (51.1) 14.3 (57.7) 17 (63) 18.8 (65.8) 18.8 (65.8) 17.1 (62.8) 15.1 (59.2) 10.3 (50.5) 6.4 (43.5) 11.95 (53.51)

Record low °C (°F) −3.6 (25.5) −6.5 (20.3) −2.2 (28) 0.3 (32.5) 5.8 (42.4) 8.7 (47.7) 13.2 (55.8) 14 (57) 12 (54) 7.2 (45) 0.1 (32.2) −2.7 (27.1) 3.85 (38.93)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 158.8 (6.252) 129.7 (5.106) 94.9 (3.736) 43.1 (1.697) 5.7 (0.224) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 1.5 (0.059) 24.5 (0.965) 85.5 (3.366) 138.4 (5.449) 682.1 (26.854)

Average precipitation days 15 13.1 11.7 5.9 2.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 4.5 9.0 13.1 75.5

Source: Israel
Israel
Meteorological Service[61][62]

Education[edit]

Beit Knesset
Knesset
Abuhav, one of the city's historic synagogues

Street art in Safed

According to CBS, the city has 25 schools and 6,292 students. There are 18 elementary schools with a student population of 3,965, and 11 high schools with a student population of 2,327. 40.8% of Safed's 12th graders were eligible for a matriculation (bagrut) certificate in 2001. The Zefat (Safed) Academic College,[63] originally an extension of Bar-Ilan University, was granted independent accreditation by Israel’s Council of Higher Education in 2007. In October 2011, Israel's fifth medical school opened in Safed, housed in a renovated historic building in the center of town that was once a branch of Hadassah Hospital.[64] Galil Medical faculty was opened in תשע"ב (from end of 2011 till June 2012); the school works as an extension of Bar-Ilan University. The school is affiliated with and governs the northern university hospitals:

Medical Center Of The Galilee Rebecca Sieff Hospital Poria Medical Center Mizra Mental health hospital Holy family hospital (also known as Ospedale Sacra Famiglia) in Nazert Scottish Hospital[65]

The Livnot U'Lehibanot
Livnot U'Lehibanot
program in Safed
Safed
provides an open, non-denominational atmosphere for young Jewish adults that combines volunteering, hiking and study with exploring Jewish heritage. Religious life[edit] Safed
Safed
is home to a large Kabbalistic community, which prompted a visit by Madonna in 2009.[66] Safed
Safed
also has a large community of followers of Nachman of Breslov. A strong tradition in mystical Judaism, reinforced by the basic book of Kabbalistic thought, the Zohar, maintains that the Jewish messiah will first reveal himself in the upper Galilee, and probably in Safed.[67] Culture[edit] In the 1950s and 1960s, Safed
Safed
was known as Israel's art capital. The artists' colony established in Safed's Old City was a hub of creativity that drew artists from around the country, among them Yitzhak Frenkel, Yosl Bergner, Moshe Castel
Moshe Castel
and Menachem Shemi. Some of Israel's art galleries were located there. In honor of the opening of the Glitzenstein Art Museum in 1953, the artist Mane Katz
Mane Katz
donated eight of his paintings to the city. During this period, Safed
Safed
was home to the country's top nightclubs, hosting the debut performances of Naomi Shemer, Aris San, and other singers.[68] Safed
Safed
has been hailed as the klezmer capital of the world, hosting an annual Klezmer
Klezmer
Festival[69] that attracts top musicians from around the globe.[70] Tourism[edit] Travelers will find an extensive Tourist Information Center[71] in the Old Jewish Quarter on Alkabetz Street. The Center provides assistance to tourists who drop in to access information about the center, and for travelers who are planning a trip.[72] Visitors can explore the places of interest,[73] activities[74] and historical sites[75] when visiting Safed. Tourists may find the stories of legends[76] of Safed to expand their understanding of the town and its history. Accommodations[77] provide boarding opportunities for people of all ages and incomes and the list of eateries[78] is extensive in the city. Citadel Hill[edit] The Citadel Hill, in Hebrew
Hebrew
HaMetzuda, rises east of the Old City and is named after the huge Crusader and then Mamluk castle built there during the 12th and 13th centuries, which continued in use until being totally destroyed by the 1837 earthquake. Its ruins are still visible. On the western slope beneath the ruins stands the former British police station, still pockmarked by bullet holes from the 1948 war. Old Jewish Quarter[edit] The Old Jewish Quarter takes the northern half of the Old City, and is where the bulk of the Jewish population used to live before the 1948 war. It is now also called the Synagogue
Synagogue
Quarter due to its 32 synagogues. Here are its main tourist attractions. The two Ari synagogues are named after Rabbi
Rabbi
Isaac Luria (1531–1573), commonly known by the Hebrew
Hebrew
acronym "Ha'ARI", the Ari, formed from the initials of his byname, title and name, and which as a word mean "the Lion".

Ashkenazi Ari Synagogue Sephardic Ari Synagogue Abuhav Synagogue, named after Talmudic scholar Isaac Aboab, in Hebrew Yitzhak Abuhav (fl. end of the 14th century in Spain) Alsheich Synagogue, named after Moshe Alsheich (1508–1593) Yosef Caro Synagogue, named after Joseph Karo
Joseph Karo
(1488–1575) Hameiri Museum, illustrating Jewish settlement in Safed
Safed
and located in a 16th-century house Old Jewish cemetery

Artists' Quarter[edit] The Artists' Quarter, situated in the pre-1948 Arab
Arab
quarter just south of the Old Jewish Quarter or Synagogue
Synagogue
Quarter, contains a large number of galleries and workshops run by individual artists and art vendors.[79] Its "General Exhibition" presents a number of different representative artists, past and present, and is housed in the Late Ottoman (1902) Friday mosque
Friday mosque
known as the Market Mosque.[79] Southern part[edit] Further south are two monumental Mamluk-period buildings:

the Red Mosque with a khan (1276) the Mamluk mausoleum, now used by freemasons. The mausoleum was built for a Mamluk na'ib (governor) of Safed, Muzaffar ad-Din Musa Ibn Hajj ar-Ruqtai Musa Muzaffar (Mudhafar) al-din b. Ruqtay al-Hajj, who died in AH 762/AD 1360-1).[80][81]

Southeast of the Artists' Quarter is the Saraya, the fortified governor's residence built by Zahir al-Umar
Zahir al-Umar
(1689/90–1775). Born in Safed[edit]

Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian president since 2005[82] Moshe Amar, a politician who served as a member of Knesset
Knesset
between 1977 and 1981 Giovanni Giuda Giona Battista, Jewish rabbi who converted to Catholicism Fazil Bey (1789–1810), author of Zenanname (The Book of Women)[83] Wadie Haddad, also known as Abu Hani, the Palestinian leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's armed wing Salma Jayyusi, Palestinian-Jordanian poet and translator Subhi al-Khadra, Palestinian Arab
Arab
politician, lawyer, and newspaper columnist Meir Meivar, the Haganah
Haganah
commander of Safed
Safed
during 1948 and mayor of Safed
Safed
between 1965 and 1966 Itay Ne'eman, UCLA mathematics professor and noted logician Esther Ofarim, Israeli folk singer Samir al-Rifai, politician who served six times as Jordanian prime minister Nabil Shaath, negotiator for the Palestinian National Authority
Palestinian National Authority
and its first foreign minister Hayyim ben Joseph Vital, Jewish rabbi and disciple of Isaac Luria

Notable residents of Safed[edit]

Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz, 16th-century rabbi, kabbalist and poet perhaps best known for his composition of the song "Lecha Dodi". Moshe Alshich, prominent rabbi, preacher, and biblical commentator in the latter part of the 16th century. Jacob Berab, influential rabbi and talmudist of the 15th century best known for his attempt to reintroduce rabbinic ordination. Moses ben Jacob Cordovero, leader of mystical school in Safed
Safed
in the 16th century. Shmuel Eliyahu, Chief Rabbi
Rabbi
of Safed. Joseph Karo, 16th-century rabbi, and author of the great codification of Jewish law, the Shulchan Aruch. Lior Lubin, basketball player and coach Isaac Luria, a foremost rabbi and Jewish mystic of the 16th century in the community of Safed
Safed
in Ottoman Palestine. He is considered the father of contemporary Kabbalah.[84] Miriam Mehadipur, Tzfat resident Israeli artist since 1999 of Dutch birth,[85] owner of Mehadipur + Collection[86] Yogev Ohayon, basketball player Ben Snof (he), Israeli vocalist. Moshe of Trani, rabbi of Safed
Safed
from 1525 until 1535. Possibly the Biblical Woman with seven sons
Woman with seven sons
whose tomb is often said to be an ancient tomb discovered in the old cemetery of the city.

Twin towns — sister cities[edit] See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Israel Safed
Safed
is twinned with:

Toledo, Castile–La Mancha, Spain Lille, France
France
(frozen)[87] Nikopol, Bulgaria
Bulgaria
[5] Palm Beach County, Florida, United States Erzsébetváros, Budapest, Hungary

Gallery[edit]

Monument to the soldiers who fought in Israel's War of Independence

View of modern Safed

View of modern Safed

View of modern Safed

View of Safed

Houses in Safed

Doorway in Safed

Street in Safed

View of Safed

Fields near Safed

Sunrise over Safed

Eagle over the Jewish Children of Tsfat

View of the souk in Safed

British Police Station in Safed

Panorama Safed
Safed
and Mount Meron

View to the east and Lake of Kinneret

Sunset (Kabbalistic inspiration)

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External links[edit]

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