The Holy ARI-The Preeminent Master Kabbalist

Rabbi Yitzchak Luria was undisputedly the greatest practitioner and expounder of Kabbalah since Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar. Rabbi Yitzchak Luria founded a new school in Kabbalistic thought, known as “the system of the Ari.”
Rabbi Yitzchak Luria ben Shlomo Ashkenazi, whose father was related to the famous Maharshal, was born in the Old City of Jerusalem in 5294 (1534) in what is now the Old Yishuv Court Museum, and passed away on the 5th of Av 5332 (1572). He is buried in the old cemetery of Safed:

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  1. There are five areas of focus in the Arizal’s teachings that may be regarded as the primary innovations of his system: the concept of tzimtzum (G-d’s self-contraction, so to speak) through its various stages; the process of shevirat hakeilim (the shattering of the vessels in the world of Tohu); the Tikkun (rectification) of that shevira through birur hanitzotzot (elevating the sparks); the concept of partzufim (literally, “visages” — compound structures of the sefirot in arrays that interact with each other); the nature of the soul, the purpose of its descent into this world, and its relationship with the higher realms and ultimately with G-d:

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