Artist Michael Elkayam working in his studio, with his latest work.
(photo credit: ANNA NAGEL)
Netivot, a sweltering city and a pilgrimage site that thousands flock to each year, is known for its traditional, spiritual foundation. Netivot, though, wants to be a multifaceted, bustling location brimming with culture and modernity, a serious contender among the other big cities in Israel.It has gained nationwide stature mainly as the home and now grave of Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira, fondly dubbed the Baba Sali, a renowned Jewish mystic. The city’s roots are unusual in that the original settlers were deeply religious, traditional immigrants from North Africa, mainly Morocco and Tunisia.
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