Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tsfat - 1

Tsfat, at an elevation of 3000 feet, is the one of the highest points in northern Israel (Mt. Hermon is the highest). Close by is Mt. Meron, which is the resting place of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a famous mystical scholar who is celebrated every year in Israel on the holiday of Lag B'Omer. The city literally sits on the very top of the mountain and its streets twist and turn down from the peak. Many streets which look to be adjacent on a map are separated by elevations of fifty feet or more, and are connected by steep pedestrian stairways. The mountain has been subjected to several earthquakes over the years and the buildings, which are made of soft local stone have been destroyed and rebuild many times over. The views are majestic. I'm not usually inclined to do scenic/landscape photography, but it's hard to resist shooting the beautiful scenery.

Tsfat is considered to be the home of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism. And there are many small but very beautiful synagogues throughout the old city. But that's for the next post. Here's some views of the scenery.