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Tzefat - A Special Place In Jewish History

Tzefat’s roots was believed to dateback to the time of Jacob some 3500 years ago. This has not been confirmed, but the city was definitely present around the time of Christ. It became a centre for Jewish learning and mysticism in the 1500’s when many rabbis and other Jewish scholars were expelled from Spain during the Spanish inquisition.

In 1837, the city was devastated by an earthquake and in 1948, when Palestine was partitioned into an Arab and Jewish state, the Arabs attacked their Jewish neighbours. Despite being greatly outnumbered, the Jews had a weapon called the Davidka. Though totally inaccurate, the Davidka was so loud that it frightened the Arabs who fled the city. Some buikdings still have bullet holes from passed no breather.

Today, Tzefat is a very orthodox Jewish town sitting on a hilltop and has attracted many artistic and spiritual people. There are numerous alleys with galleries, jewellery shops and gift stores. It is definitely worth a visit.

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Posted by PassionRetirees 11:28 Archived in Israel

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