Tzfat is Yofi

Word of the day: Yofi

Translation: Beautiful

Food of the day: For lunch I ate a Yemeni sandwich from a market in Tzfat. The food stand sold only one sandwich, so it was easy to decide what to eat! The bread was chewy and lightly fried, and stuffed with melted cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and delicious spices.

Song of the day: Today we walked through a long dark tunnel to arrive at a large, domed cave with a small window in the ceiling. Once there, we sang a song together, enjoying the echoing acoustics and the spirituality that surrounded us in the gorgeous and mystical city of Tzfat.

Lyrics (translated from Hebrew): “The Sound of a Circle”

The sound of a circle rolls upwards from below

Obscure chariots going and revolving

The sound of melodies goes up and down

It goes and wanders in the world

The voice of a shofar extends through the depth of stairs

And the circle spins around

Song recording: (I’m attaching the recording in another email).

Photos of the day:

One of many yofi views in the city of Tzfat, the birthplace of Jewish mysticism.
Tzfat is full of narrow, brick streets and laced with the color blue.
An elaborately decorated violin in one of Tzfat’s many art galleries.
A painting of the Tree of Life, based on a Grateful Dead poster. We discussed this painting and others, as well as themes of Jewish mysticism, with the artist David Friedman in his home.

Sarah Plovnick is a participant on the East Bay Community’s Birthright Israel trip. She is sharing photos of what she’s experiencing, Hebrew words she’s learning, and glimpses of what life is like on a Birthright bus for ten days. Yalla!