When you mention the city of Tzfat (also spelled “Safed”) to most Israelis, a warm smile generally comes to their face. Tzfat is historical, romantic, charming, and quirky. Though most Israelis have never thought of living in Tzfat, they love visiting the city. One of Israel’s four holy cities, Tzfat is perhaps as well known for its artists as it is for its mystics. But Tzfat is also home to 30,000 residents, many of whom work ordinary jobs and carry on normal lives. Olim in Tzfat love their hometown and would not choose to live anywhere else. One resident reflected on a Kabbalat Shabbat service where he found himself dancing between an elderly Hassid and a young Israeli soldier, the juxtaposition of different people, with different backgrounds but with a common purpose just seems natural in Tzfat.