Please join us today — Wednesday, April 28 — for the next installment of our Israel Unlocked virtual tour series, exclusive to the ToI Community. This week, as we approach Lag B’Omer, the Jewish holiday celebrating the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, we will journey to the mystical city of Tzfat (Safed), the birthplace of Kabbalah.
Tzfat is the city of dreamers and believers who, upon their return to Zion in the early 1500s after the Spanish expulsion, brought rabbis and leaders to the onetime home of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai — the Rashbi. Tzfat and the mountains around it are the sites where, according to tradition, the Rashbi wrote the book of the Zohar, which became the basis of Kabbalah.
Every year on Lag B’Omer, thousands journey to the Rashbi’s nearby grave to celebrate his story. Our expert guide Gadi Ben-Dov will bring us on an exploration of the synagogues and alleyways of the old city of Tzfat, tell stories of Kabbalists and mystics, and describe the legacy of the Rashbi and the great rabbis who followed him.
About our guide: Gadi Ben-Dov was born in the United States, raised in a kibbutz in the Galilee, and now lives in the center of Israel. Gadi became a licensed tour guide after finishing his IDF service as an officer and traveling the world. His love of the land, and especially the people of Israel have given him insights into this country that he shares with every visitor. Gadi works with families, groups, and individual travelers from every background and from every place around the world.
Virtual tour on Zoom – details:
Today – Wednesday, April 28, 2021
12:00 pm Eastern
5:00 pm UK
7:00 pm Israel
*** A recording of the tour will be available on the Community page the next day ***
We hope to see you there — and thank you for being part of our Community!