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The city of Tzefat seems to be a magnet for torah scholars and kabbalists for many hundreds of years. Why is that?

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related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/9403/759 –  Double AA Dec 27 '12 at 4:30
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also related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/12911 –  msh210 Dec 27 '12 at 5:49

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It was the home of one of the greatest, some would say the greatest, kabbalists of all time, Yitzack Luria, commonly known as the Ari. It was also one of four holy cities in Eretz Yisrael where jews lived before the beginning of the modern Aliyahs

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The Ari only lived in Tzfas for 3 years. Before he came, the Rama"k was already living and teaching in Tzfas. –  HodofHod Dec 27 '12 at 2:33
    
related judaism.stackexchange.com/q/12911/759 –  Double AA Dec 27 '12 at 4:21
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If the four cities only holy because that's where people lived, then you're logic is circular: Why did they live there? Because it was holy. Why was it holy? Because they live there. –  Double AA Dec 27 '12 at 4:23
    
It's one of the four holy cities "where" jews lived not because. –  Kinnard Hockenhull Dec 27 '12 at 5:41
    
of all time? wasn't Rabbi Shimon far greater –  ray Dec 27 '12 at 21:14

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