Rabbi Isaac Luria

(1534-1572) – Commonly known as the Ari (the lion), the Ari Hakadosh (the holy Ari) or the AriZal (the Ari of blessed memory).  Born in Jerusalem, he became a rabbi and Jewish kabbalist in the mystical city of Safed.  He is considered to be the father of contemporary Jewish mysticism.

Ari,Ari Hakadosh,AriZal
Rabbi Isaac Luria (Wikipedia)
Rabbi Isaac (ben Solomon) Luria Ashkenazi
Ha'ARI Hakadosh
The grave of Isaac Luria in Safed
Personal details
Died(1572-07-25)July 25, 1572 (5 Av 5332 AM)
BuriedOld Cemetery of Safed
SignatureIsaac Luria's signature

Isaac (ben Solomon) Luria Ashkenazi (1534 – July 25, 1572) (Hebrew: יִצְחָק בן שלמה לוּרְיָא אשכנזיYitzhak Ben Sh'lomo Lurya Ashkenazi), commonly known in Jewish religious circles as "Ha'ARI" (meaning "The Lion"), "Ha'ARI Hakadosh" [the holy ARI] or "ARIZaL" [the ARI, Of Blessed Memory (Zikhrono Livrakha)], was a foremost rabbi and Jewish mystic in the community of Safed in the Galilee region of Ottoman Syria. He is considered the father of contemporary Kabbalah, his teachings being referred to as Lurianic Kabbalah. While his direct literary contribution to the Kabbalistic school of Safed was extremely minute (he wrote only a few poems), his spiritual fame led to their veneration and the acceptance of his authority. The works of his disciples compiled his oral teachings into writing. Every custom of the Ari was scrutinized, and many were accepted, even against previous practice.

Luria died at Safed on July 25, 1572, and is buried at the Old Jewish Cemetery, Safed.

The Ari Ashkenazi Synagogue, located in Safed, Israel, was built in memory of Luria during the late 16th century.

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