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R. Isaac Luria, The Ari

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R. Isaac Luria, The Ari: Rabbi Isaac Luria (1534-1572), also known by the acronym “Ari” or “Arizal.” Born in Jerusalem, died in Safed. One of the greatest kabbalists of all times, he founded a new school in Kabbalah – the so-called “Lurianic Kabbalah” – which is the basis of almost all mystical works that followed him. He studied with Rabbi Moshe Cordovero, whom he succeeded as the leading mystic of Safed.
"I am a water carrier," he said. "My barrel has broken beyond repair, and my children are starving. . ."
Hundreds of years after his passing, in wondrous ways, this holy man is still leading people toward Jewish connectedness.
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