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Postcard from Tzfat, the antidote to Zoom

We’re much happier when we connect in person, and communities come alive when their members come together. Opinion.

Postcard from Tzfat, the antidote to Zoom

18 buses burned in northern Israel

Police confirm buses were set ablaze intentionally, open investigation.

18 buses burned in northern Israel

Tzfat Academic College expels student who supported murder of Jews

Decision to expel student who expressed support for Hareda terror attack, said it is "good that the Jews suffer," sets precedent in colleges

Tzfat College expels student who supported murder of Jews

Watch: Celebrating the light of Rabbi Yosef Karo

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Chief Rabbi of Tzfat, participates in celebration of life of Rabbi Yosef Karo, author of Shulchan Aruch.

Celebrating the light of Rabbi Yosef Karoplayer

Tzfat Mayor: Tens of thousands of residents are under threat of an earthquake

Tzfat Mayor warns: A powerful earthquake will happen. Without government assistance, thousands will be killed.

'Tens of thousands are under threat of an earthquake'

500-year-old letter written to Ari Hakadosh discovered

Letter reveals hitherto-unknown details of life of the Arizal in Egypt and the Land of Israel.

500-year-old letter written to Ari Hakadosh discovered

Students testify to anti-Semitism on Israeli university campus

In Tzfat College, Jews fear to study alongside Arabs following violent threats & intimidation.

Students testify to anti-Semitism on Israeli college campusplayer

Rabbi Noach Hefetz, 86, passes away

Rabbi Noach Hefetz, prominent Tzfat rabbi, passes away at age 86

Rabbi Noach Hefetz, 86, passes away

Convicted abuser Ezra Sheinberg ordered to pay NIS 470,000 to one of his victims

Sheinberg was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison in 2018. Prison Board decided to release him early; State Prosecution has appealed.

Ezra Sheinberg ordered to pay NIS 470,000 to one of his victims

Five-year-old killed by bus in northern Israel

Bus driver detained after little girl struck and killed while crossing the street.

Five-year-old killed by bus in northern Israel

Volunteers offer support to hundreds of families

Volunteers distribute food, drinks, and encouragement to hundreds of families at Tzfat bus station.

Volunteers offer support to hundreds of familiesplayer

Rapper Nissim Black headlines Tzfat concert celebrating 'rebirth'

More than a thousand people expected at this year’s 'One Flame' concert in Tzfat.

Rapper Nissim Black headlines Tzfat concert of 'rebirth'

Rabbi Mordechai Bistritsky: 'Someone broke quarantine? Call the police'

Rabbi Bistritsky, rabbi of community in Tzfat, says family in which one person has coronavirus should not send to school.

Chabad rabbi: 'Someone broke quarantine? Call the police'

A virtual radio tour of the holy city of Tzfat

Hear about some of the amazing locations and Kabbalistic insights as we give you an audio tour of Tzfat.

A virtual radio tour of the holy city of Tzfatplayer

One killed, three injured in Tzfat accident

Head-on collision between two vehicles near Tzfat leaves one dead and three injured.

One killed, three injured in Tzfat accident

Couple weds during Tzfat 'One Flame' concert

An all-star cast of baalei teshuva musical artists led the One Flame concert in Tzfat, shortly after a chuppah was held there.

Couple weds during Tzfat 'One Flame' concert

Israeli boy died in blaze 'because someone played with fire'

Investigators say blaze in northern Israel which killed three-year-old boy was sparked because of careless use of fire.

Israeli boy died in blaze 'because someone played with fire'

Three-year-old dead in Tzfat fire

Eighteen injured, one dead, after fire breaks out in residential building.

Three-year-old dead in Tzfat fire

Brelsov mourns: Rabbi Kenig of Tzfat passes

Tzfat Breslov community Rabbi Elazar Kenig passes away after suffering serious illness.

Brelsov mourns: Rabbi Kenig of Tzfat passes

Tzfat rabbi: Don't bring children to mikvah

Tzfat's Rabbi Bistritsky instructs parents not to send, bring, children to ritual bath, citing safety concerns.

Tzfat rabbi: Don't bring children to mikvah

Tzfat becoming more haredi?

Many Tzfat businesses make the bulk of their profit during vacations, when haredi visitors flock to the northern city, kashrut agency says.

Tzfat becoming more haredi?

Toddler fighting for her life after being run over by her father

Tzfat man accidentally hits daughter with car, leaving her seriously injured.

Toddler fighting for her life after being run over by her father

Patriot missile launched at UAV in Syria

Residents in Tzfat area report trail of smoke above the northern city. IDF: Patriot missile launched at UAV approaching Israel from Syria.

Patriot missile launched at UAV in Syria

Rabbi Eliyahu says to 'keep away from Berland like fire'

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu explains why he banned convicted sexual offender Rabbi Eliezer Berland from attending Lag Baomer celebration in Meron.

Rabbi Eliyahu says to 'keep away from Berland like fire'

Watch: Chabad emissary conference in Israel

Hundreds of Chabad 'shluchim' from all over country take part in national gathering held this year in Tzfat by Chabad Youth Organization.

Watch: Chabad emissary conference in Israelplayer

Court orders eviction of world's largest Chabad yeshiva

Chabad Yeshiva in Tzfat to be forcibly evacuated after court rules against the institution in custody battle.

Court orders eviction of world's largest Chabad yeshiva

Expectant mother, baby saved on eve of Rosh Hashana

Woman rushed to hospital with preeclampsia. Baby delivered 1 and a half months early.

Expectant mother, baby saved on eve of Rosh Hashana

Rabbi from Tzfat convicted of sexual offenses

Court convicts former yeshiva head of offenses against 8 women as part of plea bargain.

Rabbi from Tzfat convicted of sexual offenses

Watch: Fire tears through Tzfat neighborhood, trapping resident

Woman trapped inside burning home as fire spreads through Tzfat neighborhood. Seven others injured.

Watch: Fire tears through Tzfat neighborhood, trapping residentplayer

Soldier trapped in bus luggage compartment - for entire trip

Woman soldier trapped in bus storage area for trip from Nahariya to Tzfat; driver doesn't notice her legs sticking out of the compartment.

Soldier trapped in bus luggage compartment - for entire trip

Vandals desecrate tomb of Arizal in Tzfat

Tomb of 16th century Kabbalist desecrated with radical anti-Zionist rhetoric.

Vandals desecrate tomb of Arizal in Tzfat

Antenna extracted from baby's throat in northern Israel

8-month old baby found to have swallowed antenna from a remote control car.

Antenna extracted from baby's throat in northern Israel

Fire in Tzfat hotel injures dozens

Fire breaks out in lobby of Tzfat hotel, emergency services transfer injured to hospitals.

Fire in Tzfat hotel injures dozens

Reform Movement petitions against Tzfat rabbi

The Reform Movement presented an appeal to the Supreme Court, demanding that legal action be taken against the Chief Rabbi of Tzfat.

Reform Movement petitions for legal action against Tzfat rabbi

Girl disabled at birth wins suit against hospital

Judge excoriates hospital official over mistakes which led to girl's disability.

Girl disabled during birth wins huge settlement from hospital

Chabad leaders broker deal with IDF over draft

15% of Chabad students to be exempt from army service; 85% will draft by age 26 after returning from the Chabad headquarters in Brooklyn.

Chabad leaders broker deal with IDF over draft

Glaring street name typo has Tzfat perplexed

Locals stumped by sign reading 'Harakefet St' in Hebrew, 'Hanarkis St' in English. Flummoxed municipality blames 'flower blind translator.'

Glaring street name typo has Tzfat perplexed

Sex Abuse Rabbi Claims He's 'Repenting'

Ezra Sheinberg gives yet another contradictory interview to the press, claiming he both repented and never committed abuse.

Sex Abuse Rabbi Claims Innocence - Then Says He's 'Repenting'

Rabbi Threatened Calamity if Victims Complained

Ezra Sheinberg was a 'demigod' to followers, officer involved in case reveals - and predicted calamity if victims refused, protested.

Tzfat Rabbi Threatened 'Horrible Things' if Victims Complained

Victim Comes Forward About Abusive Rabbi

S. was abused 13 years ago by the Tzfat-based rabbi; testimony published just as his detention is shortened.

Victim Comes Forward About Abusive Rabbi