Day two consisted of Mayanot 255 visiting the holy city of Tzfat. We left the hotel around 7:30 in the morning and headed west, getting a first-hand experience of all the beautiful scenery of Israel, including the second tallest mountain in Israel, Mount Meron.
The first activity of the day was a brief lesson of Kabbalah at the Tzfat Gallery of Mystical Art from Avraham, who was a Detroit-native that moved to Israel after learning about the teachings of Kabbalah. He was passionate as he gave us a basic run down of the concepts that make up the ancient teachings. We then headed to the holy Synagogue Abohav.
At Synagogue Abohav, we learned more about Kabbalah as Rabbi Chaim Lipskier gave us his take on it. After spending some time there, we traveled through the city to the Ashkenazic Ari Synagogue. We learned how special Shabbat is to the Jewish religion and learned how there are six directions, with the middle symbolizing Shabbat.
After the Ashkenazi Ari Synagogue, the men underwent a truly fantastic and eye-opening experience as we got to take dip in he famed Aris Mikvah. We learned that this cleansing in the holy water purified us for the New Year and rid us of our baggage.
After the Mikvah, Mayanot 255 was given free time to get lunch and shop around the town before we left to return to Tiberius in preparation for Shabbat.
The journey continues.