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Abuhav Synagogue

The Old City, Zefat

Safed is known to be the center of the Kabbalah. Entering the city, you’ll feel the special atmosphere of spiritualism, mysticism, religion, and antiquity that can be found around every corner.

The mystical city of Safed features famous art galleries and, as one of Judaism’s four holy cities, it is home to ancient synagogues. This is a really special place to have a Bar Mitzvah ceremony, followed by lunch at a favorite spot overlooking Mt. Meron.
Since the 16th century, Safed has been considered one of Judaism’s Four Holy Cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias. The concentration of the most spiritual and intellectual souls together in one small city caused an effect that influenced all the generations until today. Due to its mild climate and scenic views, Safed is a popular holiday resort frequented.

Safed is a picturesque city of spiritual people and artists, wrapped in mysticism and mystery, and steeped in sacred atmosphere. Visitors to Safed sense the city’s warm embrace as they wander through its alleyways past charming stone houses with their artists’ studios and workshops.
To celebrate bar Mitzvah in zefat is a heavenly experience.

Most of Bar Mitzvah ceremonies take place in Abuhav Synagogue. The Abuhav Synagogue, located in the center of Safed, dates back to the 16th-century and is named after the 15th-century Spanish rabbi and kabbalist, Isaac Abuhav. When the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, it was clear that this holy Torah scroll written by Rabbi Yitzchak Abuhav could not be left behind. A group of these expellees carried the Torah scroll all the way to Tzfat, and when they arrived, they found the synagogue, known today as Abuhav Synagogue, to bethe most suitable to house this special and holy scroll. The synagogue was almost completely destroyed in the 1837 earthquake, only the southern wall containing the Arks remained standing and exists today as a remnant of the original building. Aside from the striking beauty of the synagogue, one can discern its unique features immediately upon entering. The most notable one is the fact that the synagogue has three Torah Arks. On the far right, rests the Torah scroll of Rabbi Yitzchak Abuhav. Alongside it rests the Torah scroll of Rabbi SulimanOhana – one of the disciples of the Ari HaKadosh. The scrolls are taken out three times a year, on Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The center ark in the synagogue is the one used daily. The ark on the far left is used to house holy books no longer fit for use.

With mystery abound, it’s perfect for the imagination and excitement of a teenager celebrating the next chapter of his or her life.
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