Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz

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Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz was born in Thessaloniki in 1550 to a family that had been part of the Spanish expulsion. Moving to Salonica he studied under Rabbi Yosef Taitatzak and married the daughter of the wealthy Yitzchak Cohen. In 1535 he moved to Tzfas and became one of its leading Kabalists. He was friends with Rabbi Yosef Karo and the Ramak was his brother-in-law. Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz is best known for his composition of the Lecha Dodi which is sung each week to great the Shabbat and his prayer for Parnasa.

[edit] Kever Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz

Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz is buried in the old cemetery of Safed right near the Kever of the Arizal. It is only possible to reach his tziyun by climbing over the surrounding fence or by approaching it through the women's section.

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