Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism, is known around the world thanks to the many Hollywood celebrities who have embraced its teachings.

While Madonna and Demi Moore may be seen walking in and out of kabbalah centers in Hollywood, the roots of this ancient form of study are in Safed, a mysterious town in northern Israel and a popular destination for kabbalah followers.

Its distant location, several hours from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, doesn’t stop hundreds of thousands of people from visiting each year to get up close with kabbalah’s origins and the Jewish mystics who defined it 500 years ago.

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