Video Shiur: Part 1 Year 5301 | Praises of Rabbi Chaim Vital
Born in Safed, as a young boy Hayyim Vital was educated by the scholar, Rabbi Moses Alshich. Other than that, most of his early life is full of legends. For instance, it is claimed that at the age of 12, he was told by a chiromancer that when he reached the age of 24, he would find himself standing before two roads, and would rise or fall according to his choice. Rabbi Joseph Karo is said to have paid special attention to Vital’s early talents and in 1557 requested that Alshich take special care in his education as he was destined to succeed his teacher in the world of Torah study. That same year, Vital first became acquainted with the kabbalist Rabbi Yitzhak Ben Shlomo Ashkenazi (Isaac ben Solomon Luria) aka as “The Ari”, “Ari-Hakadosh”, or “Arizal”, who would have a lasting influence on him.