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Is it Safed or Tzfat? or Tsfat?

by: Rena Goldzweig


So where do you live??

Our historic city - some claim that it dates all the way back to the Temple days - goes by many different names, some due to pronunciation differences, others dating from different bygone eras. Due to its high elevation, Safed experiences warm summers and cold, often snowy, winters.

Safed is considered one of Judaism's four Holy Cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias. Each of these cities corresponds to one of the four Kabbalistic elements of the world – fire, earth, wind, and water; Safed corresponds to air and wind.

This is well experienced both in the physical windiness of our lovely city, along with its metaphysical attraction to artists, along with spiritual seekers.