The city of Tiberias sits along the shores of Israel’s Sea of Galilee and is one of Judaism’s four holy cities, fittingly associated with water according to Jewish mystical teachings. Tiberias plays an important role in Jewish history: it is situated in the plot of land given to the tribe of Naphtali; the Jewish High Court, the Sanhedrin, assembled there; after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, many Jews who fled the capital made their way to Tiberias turning the city into a center of Torah study; the important work known as the Mishnah was compiled in Tiberias; and great Jewish rabbis and thinkers including Maimonides and Rabbi Akiva are buried in Tiberias.

Tiberias also served as a place of refugee to Jews exiled from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. While the city’s population decreased during he Middle Ages, after the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Tiberias has once again become a thriving destination for those seeking spirituality.

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