I've also seen it spelled "Zafet" and other variations, especially on maps. This town probably doesn't figure on everyone's itinerary, but if you're interested in contemporary Judaica art - or the Kabbala - then Safed is your place! The "Artists' Quarter" plays host to plenty of studios and galleries, thanks to the thriving artist colony alive and well in this town. Safed is also heavily associated with jewish mysticism dating back to the Inquisition, and is home to many practicing Kabbalists today. It's an easy drive from Tiberias and can be considered a day trip. Go early enough (take care with Fridays, Shabbat starts in the late afternoon) because once the galleries close in the evenings, there's not much else. We went in the late afternoon, and after the galleries closed we walked over to Yerushalayim St. which is Safed's main avenue. We had a coffee and indulged in one of my favorite pastimes - people watching. There are a lot of Hassidics living in Safed. It's definitely an interesting town.
The mountains around Zefat are full with ancient graves. These graves are attributed to different Jewish scholars who lived during the Roman rule, that is almost 2000 years ago. Just look for light blue domes, like the one seen here behind the almond tree.
One famous grave in the forest north of Zefat is the grave of Yonatan Ben-Unizel at Ammuqa. This grave is supposed to have mystical powers if you look for a match. Believers come from all over Israel, in specially arranged buses just to get married with the help of these mystical powers. I stayed single after visiting the place, so I probably was doing something wrong...
- Religious Travel
when I used to have long walks with my father-in-law he used to be anxious :"I hope we won't cross the border by mistake and enter lebanon !"