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The Mystical, Kabbala City, SafedThe city of Safed is located on a hilltop in the Galilee, overlooking mount Meron, a mountain where the mystical texts of the Kabbalah were written.
When you walk along the narrow cobblestone streets of the old part of the city, visit the various galleries and the handcrafts stores, specialized in Kabbalah jewelry and souvenirs, watch the Orthodox Jews and follow the Kabbalah people who visit the Abuhav Synagogue, a 15th-century synagogue, named after 15th-century Spanish rabbi and kabbalist, Isaac Abuhav.
A lot of Jews who flee the Spanish Inquisition ended in Safed and brought with them lots of skills that were not familiar in the area. For example, the first printing press in the Middle East was established in Safed in 1563.
Recently, the Kabbala leader Rabi Berg was buried in Safed and Kabbala believers visit his grave.