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Abuhav Synagogue

Established in the 16th century by Rabbi Yitzchak Abuhav of Spain, the synagogue houses an ancient Torah scroll written by the holy Rabbi Abuhav himself.

The synagogue’s origins are also the stuff of legend; it is said to have been moved mystically by the power of Rabbi Suliman Ochana from Spain to Safed. Much of the original building was destroyed, however, with the earthquake of 1759, and again in the earthquake of 1837. The Abuhav synagogue was the first synagogue the Italian philanthropist Rabbi Yitzchak Goyatos (Guetta) rebuilt in the 1840s. Its reconstruction was done with the help of the greatest architects in Israel, and with consideration for the original design.