When you come to Safed be sure to visit Otzar HaStam.
There are Letters of Adventure, a Trivial Game Show and a Scribe's Workshop. Here you and your family will learn some kabbalistic meaning behind the Hebrew letters, how a scribe writes a sefer Torah with real ink and a quill and kabbalistic meaning behind the Hebrew letters in the garden of letters.
Pictured here is the Hebrew letter "taf", the final letter of the Alef Beis. The word truth is Emmet. Emmet is made up of 3 letters that have a solid footing. Thus spiritually when someone tells the truth they are standing on solid ground. Each letter in the garden has a spiritual painting on it connected to that letter.
As a photographer this place has an amazing view of the Kinneret since it's high up on the mountain of Canaan, one of the hills surrounding Safed. As a Mom I love this place because of the gardens. It's great for the whole family and a pleasure to walk around. Good for the body and the soul.
I'm going to let my daughter finish this blog so you'll see Otzar HaStam from a teenage perspective. Her first introduction was when she came here for a bat mitzvah.
Otzar HaStam is an amazing experience. A bat mitzvah is a really fun thing to do there. Its a meaningful experience. My favorite room is the moving chairs with 3-D. Its also great for a family outings because it is educational and fun for all ages. If you come to Safed you can't miss it.
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Pnina Sugar has lived in Safed for 8 years. This blog was created from the outlook of a mother, explorer and a photographer to help you make the most of your vacation in Safed and Northern Israel. You can find her photos at www.israelphotoart.com or join her upcoming Kabbalistic photo journey of Safed tour on your next trip to find out where she took all those cool door photos