Rabbi Yitzchak Luria

Grave of the "Ari" in Tsfat

Rabbi Yitzchak Luria – “The Ari”: (1534-1572)  “Rabbi Yitzchak Luria Ashkenazi was the leader of a small group of scholars who delved into the mysteries of the Kabbalah in Safed, in the sixteenth century. Though the impact of Lurianic Kabbalah upon the Jewish World, particularly the World of Chassidut, has been tremendous, his personal literary output was relatively meager. When one of his students asked him about this oddity, he replied, “It is impossible, because all things are interrelated. I can hardly open my mouth to speak without feeling as though the sea burst its dams and overflowed. How then shall I express what my soul has received, and how can I put it down in a book?” He was a visionary. The hidden world of Kabbalah was as clear to him as were the streets of Safed. He saw spiritual life in everything that surrounded him, and he did not regard as fixed the boundary between organic and inorganic life. For him, souls were everywhere.”  -Quote from ou.org

For more info click: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Luria

http://www.safed-kabbalah.com/Arizal/Biography.htm

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