Biographies of Major Kabbalists

These Kabbalalists lived and practiced in and around the Holy City of Safed.


The Safed Kabbalists

Rabbi Chaim Vital
Rabbi Chaim became famous as one of the greatest kabbalists.
Rabbi Yosef (Joseph) Caro - The Master
Author of the Shulchan Aruch
Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz
Most renowned for his 'Lecha Dodi' hymn, sung at the inauguration of the Sabbath.
The Holy Ari
Rabbi Yitzchak Luria was undisputedly the greatest practitioner and expounder of Kabbalah since Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar.
Rashbi and His Circle
Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai—His Life and Works
Rabbi Shalom Sharabi -- The Rashash
The Rashash is considered the father of all contemporary Sephardic kabbalists.
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