Wednesday, February 13, 2008

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In the Clouds

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

After a long day of driving, I'm somewhat limited to sharing some images of the holy city of Tzfat (Safed) on a wintery day...

On the way up the mountains to Tzfat, they begin to burst with green after the rains of blessing...


On a grey and raining day, the neighborhoods sulk...


The city of mystics in the mountains finds itself not with a storm above it, but within the clouds itself...


The ancient cemetery, the resting place of mekubalim and tzaddikim of so many generations past, where the holy Ari, zt"l, is visited daily, is neither empty of holy souls, nor those who would seek them, even in the midst of the storm...


The mikvah of the Ari zt'l awaits those who come for it's cleansing and freezing waters. In the winter it's both freezing outside and freezing inside, yet always warm for the neshamah.

The hill behind and above the mikvah is now bare, struck by a Katyusha during the Lebanon war the bushes and trees burned away, it seems nothing has yet regrown. The area is strangely desolate...


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