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The Ashkenazi HaAri Synagogue

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The Ashkenazi HaAri Synagogue

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dustythoughts wrote a review Apr 2020
Manchester, Connecticut1,109 contributions475 helpful votes
This gorgeous synagogue - and one of the oldest in Israel - is wonderfully historical and spiritual. It is related to Rabbi Isaac Luria (acronym: Ari) and combines a deeply-rooted history with religious centering and Jewish mysticism. It's gorgeously built and decorated, and takes you back in time several centuries. Try to come here with a tour guide to learn more about the history.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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jsavElizabeth wrote a review Feb 2020
Elizabeth200 contributions55 helpful votes
Prior to my most recent visit, I would always make sure to visit this synagogue because of the towering, gorgeous ark made of Italian carved wood. It is a beautiful synagogue, and this time around, I actually got a chance to pray there. My son and I went to pray there Friday nights and Saturday mornings, and the service was lovely. Friday night the women's section was packed with people of all ages, and there was a Chazan (cantor) with a beautiful, strong voice who led the prayers. What a spiritual, meaningful experience. I even found a book about the AriZl lying around the women's section, from which I learned quite a lot about the AriZl. Every Friday night, there were lots of pamphlets on the table in the women's section about the weekly portion and about Shabbat and other various religious topics. I used to take some home with me to read over Shabbat. The only thing missing from the synagogue was a women's bathroom. Couldn't find one.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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avi18 wrote a review Jan 2020
Caulfield, Australia135 contributions63 helpful votes
One of the best synagogues to visit in Sfat. It combines history,mysticism and the modern day. We managed to visit on a Saturday night which was special.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Sunshine34500 wrote a review Dec 2019
West Orange, New Jersey2,053 contributions259 helpful votes
Part of our Sfat Old City tour. Historic, epic and very Holy experience. The Synagogue dates back to biblical days. The structure is well in tact. Large book collection as well. Especially loved the velvet fabrics and color.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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YISRAEL wrote a review Dec 2019
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You can read on the internet about the history of the synagogue. It is in daily use by Torah observant Jews. Beautiful artwork all around including the ceiling.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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