Pinsteps. The Shrine Of al-Nabi Sablan
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The Shrine of Al-Nabi Sabalan, located in the Upper Galilee region of northern Israel, is a sacred site for the Druze community. It's dedicated to the prophet Sabalan, identified with the Biblical figure Zebulun, the sixth son of Jacob and Leah. The shrine is on Mount Zvul, a place of religious pilgrimage and communal gatherings for the Druze people. Due to the unique beliefs of the Druze, which incorporate elements from Abrahamic religions along with Gnosticism, Neoplatonism, and other philosophical and mystical traditions, the site also has significance in the region's broader context of religious history. Each year, especially in September, the Druze commemorate the birth of Zebulun at this shrine, marking it as an essential event in their religious calendar.

The Druze religion originated in Egypt during the 11th century, during the reign of the Fatimid Caliphate. However, the faith is often attributed to Hamza ibn Ali ibn Ahmad, an Ismaili scholar regarded as the primary founder. He started the trust with five other principal initiates, collectively known as "Hudud al-Din," these six individuals are highly revered within the Druze faith.

The Druze flag, also known as the Epistles of Wisdom banner, features five colour stripes, each representing a different aspect of their belief system. Each colour corresponds to a different cosmic principle, or Hadd, and a prophet associated with it. For example, theen represents 'Aql (Mind, Intellect) and the prophet Abraham. Red symbolizes Nafs (Soul, Psyche) and the prophet Noah. Yellow is for Kalima (Word) and the prophet Moses. Blue stands for Sabq (Precedent) and the prophet Jesus. Lastly, the white stripe signifies Tali' (Imminent) and the prophet Muhammad. The five-coloured flag thus visually encapsulates the core principles of the Druze faith.

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Discovering Upper Galilee: Cultural Immersion, Nature, Geopolitics, and Gastronomy

Embark on a fascinating one-day auto tour through Upper Galilee, filled with cultural encounters, natural beauty, geopolitical insights, and tantalising cuisine. Start the day by visiting the Druze village of Hurfeish, a unique community with a rich cultural tapestry, and the Maronite village of Jish, famous for its cherry harvest. Both communities offer a chance to meet locals and learn about their customs and traditions.

From there, proceed to Pa'ar Cave, a geological marvel formed over thousands of years, providing a serene break from the day's activities. The tour then continues to Mount Adir, where the realities of the region's complex geopolitics come into sharp focus with views over southern Lebanon, the scene of the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

Conclude the day in style at Adelina, a restaurant in Kibbutz Kabri set in a beautifully restored old stone building with a Spanish-style veranda. Here, indulge in a menu inspired by the flavours of Spain, including tapas, succulent meat and fish dishes, homemade soups, and refreshing sangria. The time is not just a journey through landscapes but also a deep dive into the rich tapestry of communities that make up this fascinating region, culminating in a gastronomic experience that promises to delight.

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