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Elements (The Holy Cities)
There are four holy cities in Israel, which, according to the Jewish mystical tradition,
correspond to the four elements:
The arrangement in this piece is based on their geographic order, north to south.
- earth = Hevron,
where our Matriarchs and Patriarchs are buried;
- fire = Jerusalem, onetime site of the burnt offerings, and seat of the Divine Presence;
- water = Tiberias, on the Kinneret, or Sea of Galilee;
- air = my beloved Tzfat, the town with the
highest elevation in Israel. Tucked away in the northern mountains, this legendary home
of the 16th-century Kabbalists is also known today for its colony of artists (many of whom,
of course, are Kabbalists themselves...).
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