Friday, July 20, 2007

Happy Yartzeit Holy Arizel!

The "Ari" (Rabbi Isaac Luria Ashkenazi, a.k.a. the Holy Arizel) passed away in Tzfat in 1572. This is a picture of his Ohel ("tent" or tomb where he is buried).

The Ari was born in Jerusalem in 1534. In 1570 he settled in Tzfat, where he lived for two years until his passing at age 38.

The Ari revolutionized the study of Kabbalah, and came to be universally regarded as one of the most important figures in Jewish mysticism.

"Every created entity has a spark of G-dliness within it, a pinpoint of divinity that constitutes its soul. When we utilize something to serve the Creator, we penetrate its shell of mundanity, revealing and realizing its divine essence. Thus we elevate these "sparks", reuniting them with their Source." - The "Ari", Rabbi Isaac Luria

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