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Zefad
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(Safed, Sefat; bibl. Heb. תפַצְ/epat), is a small town in the Upper Galilee in northern Israel which served as a center for Jewish mystics from the 16th century (Land of Israel). Many kabbalists (Kabbalah) assembled in this town, attracted by nearby Meron with the tomb of Rabbi Simeon bar Yohai, the 2nd-century sage to whom the Zohar is attributed. Several main figures lived in Zefad: Rabbi Joseph Karo, the author of Shulhan Arukh, the major book of law in modern Judaism; Rabbi Moshe Alsheikh, the great sermonist; Rabbi Israel Nagara, the great litur…

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Dan, Joseph, “Zefad”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025141>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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