אלשבאזי

Kabbalah Centar

 

Center for the study of Kabbalah

 

The center for Kabbalah center is named after Rabbi Shalom Sharabbi z.l., known as the Harashash

 

Also among the Tzadikim of recent history in Israel, is Rabbi Shalom Sharabbi, z.l.  from Yemen.  He  lived from 1720-1777, and  was a devotee of  The Holy ARI .  He has greatly influenced Yemenite culture with his writings, commentaries and devotion to learning, and in whose name, the Center for Kabbalah at the El Shabazi shul,  and methodology we teach.

 

Young Shalom Sharabbi knew, from a very young age, that he would be an important teacher in the in study  of Kabbalah, and set out, on ship  and by foot, from Yemen to Israel, some 1,500 miles in distance.  He arrived in Israel near the age of 16 and is said to have worked as a servant to renowned teachers of that time in Kabbalah, and soon earned their respect and  was invited to join their Kabalistic circle of study and reflection.  Rabbi Sharabbi was the first commentator on the works of  The ARI.   The siddur he wrote and used  remains in use today in prayer and yeshiva study.  

The writings of Rabbi Shalom Sharabbi include such titles as  Emet  and Shalom,  Rehovot Hanahar , Derech Shalom.  His work entitled  Nahar Shalom, is a collection of 20 questions and answers  posed by the Hahamim of Tunis, who were among the leading Sephardic authorities in the 18th century.   His commentary on the customs of the Yemenite Jews are compiled  in volumes known as  Minhagei Rashash,  where  interpretations  are given of the halachot, as well as noting the particular customs of the Shami Yemenite community.   These volumes are used by the Yemenite community until today,  to attain Halacha decisions on such subjects as  holidays, marriage and Shabbat services.

 

He lived his beliefs exemplified in his holy commitment to living a life of humility and service.   He strove to teach Kabbalah only in the method of The ARI.  In his great works of Kabbalah, Harashash composed in-depth commentary and explanations of Kabbalah that we use today.   It wasn’t surprising that he became recognized internationally  for his wisdom and teachings and was sought out globally for spiritual guidance by many followers as well as other leading teachers of that time,  with difficult problems  for his spiritual guidance.

 

Kabbalah is one way of using what many might call a mystical lens,  through which to study our Holy Torah.  Tzfat is most famous as one of the four holiest cities in Israel, and traditionally has been a gathering place for those who wish to study the wisdom of the Kabbalah.  The Yemenite teachings of Kabbalah can also offer much to Tzfat, which will be explored through the many programs made available at our Center for Kabbalah in the Yemenite Tradition.

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