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Beit knesset

 

The Beit Knesset, El Shabazi

 

The El Shabazi Center of Tzfat was first envisioned by the Yemenite Community to be located in the Tzfat, Israel.     Situated in the upper  eastern Galilee area of Israel, from Tzfat, one  can see the Kinerret to our South and the Meron Mountains to our west.  Tzfat is and was  home to many famous tzadikim,  including Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai z.l. the reported author of the Zohar,  Isaac ben Solomon Luria z.l., known as The ARI, as well as Joseph Caro z.l., the author of the Shulchan Aruch.    Also among the Tzadikim of recent history in Israel, is Rabbi Shalom Sharabbi, z.l.  from Yemen. 

The current, standing Yemenite Shul, and the only one in Tzfat, Israel, is housed in a small, underground, windowless abandoned shelter.  Thirty men, at most, have room to daven at a single time, and there is a daily minyan each morning, functioning in this shelter/shul.

 

Currently,   there is no women’s area for prayer.  There is simply no room.  This has been the functioning shul to the Yemenite Community in Tzfat for the last 7 years.

                              

Current Shul                                                                           Planned New Shul

 

We need your help to build our shul.  When finished, there will be amble room for 150 worshippers to daven, as well as a women’s section for prayer.  Some special designing features include room for a mikva on the premises, as well as a Yartzeit Wall of Remembrance where members of our community, supporters of our project, and others, can place the name of a loved one at their death, to always be remembered in prayer in Israel, on their yartzeit.

 

The vision we hold for our shul, is to bring a better understanding of the Yemenite Tradition to Tzfat as well as the Jewish World Community.   Our customs, our prayers, our very pronunciation  of words in our use of the holy tongue, Hebrew, is rich with our ancient heritage, that as Jews, we all need to  claim as our own.

 

Rabbi Shalem Shabazi is the national poet of Yemenite Jewry, the greatest of Israel's Yemenite commentators, and one of the knights of Hebrew poetry of all times. Rabbi Shalem Shabazi, whose father, Rabbi Yosef Avigad, was also a poet, was born in 1619 in the town of Shabaz in the Sharab region in southern Yemen. He was named Shabazi for his hometown. His family, the Mashta family, boasted many poets, the most important of whom was Rabbi Yosef Ben-Israel, who lived fifty years before him. Rabbi Shalem Shabazi's estimated year of death was 1680.*

Rabbi Shabazi lived during the mid 17th century, a very difficult period for Yemenite Jewry. The Jews in this period endured the harshest injunctions in the history of Yemenite Jewry, including the Edict of the Head Covering (removal of hats) passed in 1667, and the expulsion to the Mavza Desert during 1679 – 1680, During this period the Yemenite Jews comforted their agonized souls with Shabazi's poems, which provided them with the courage to bear the anguish of exile.*

 

Rabbi Shabazi wrote a commentary on the Torah called Chamdoth Yomim. His leadership was instrumental in helping the Jews of Yemen survive some of the worst persecution in its history. Mori (Yemenites do not call all of their spiritual leaders 'rabbi' but sometimes "Mori", Aramaic for "my master" in Hebrew "Mora" means "teacher") Shabazi wrote a kinah for recitation during the Ninth of Av recalling the terrible exile of Jews in his lifetime from all cities and towns in Yemen to an inhospitable desert called Moza, during the time the Jews were banished there a full 20% of their number perished. The Diwan of Mori Shabazi has become an essential part of Yemenite Jewry's spiritual and cultural lives. Mori Shabazi wrote nearly 1500 diwan on nearly all topics in Judaism, unfortunately only about 300 survived the ravages of persecution, time and the lack of a printing press in Yemen. He wrote his Diwan(poems/songs) in Arabic, Hebrew and Aramaic.

We hope, as you follow our progress, and as you give your financial help to our center, you will also consider that this shul belongs, to you.  When you come to Israel, and especially come to Tzfat, celebrate your simchas with us, as well as study with us at the Center for Kabbalah

 

*Information taken from Rabbi Shalem Shabazi Poet Face book Site

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