The Mystics of Safed
Joseph Caro and Moses Cordovero, icons of Safed mysticism, elaborated on the teachings of the Zohar.
In addition to these major figures of sixteenth‑century Safed, other mystics engaged in speculation about God's nature and activity and performed a variety of ascetic acts such as fasting, public confessions of sins, wearing sackcloth and ashes, and praying at the graves of venerable sages. Such self‑mortification was carried to an extreme by Abraham ha‑Levi Beruchim, who wandered through the streets of Safed calling on people to repent; he then led those he attracted to the synagogue, climbed into a sack, and ordered these individuals to throw stones at him.
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