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Posts tagged ‘Dead Sea’

28
Apr

“The Dovekeepers”

Two years ago, I traveled with my family to Masada, a remote fortress on a mountain in the Judaean Desert of southern Israel by the Dead Sea. Masada is legendary for being the place where more than 900 Jews killed themselves rather than be tortured, killed or enslaved by the Romans approximately 2,000 years ago. The day of our visit was brutally hot and there was little shade in this fortress that King Herod built as a refuge. As the sun was beating down and I looked in every direction and saw only the dry earth of the desert and the salty Dead Sea in the distance, I remember thinking “why did they die for this?” “The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman answers that question. Read more »

19
Jan

Exploring Masada, Israel

On a family vacation to Israel, we decided to take a day trip from Jerusalem to Masada, an archeological ruin in the Judean Desert overlooking the southwest coast of the Dead Sea. The concierge at the hotel made arrangements with a local tour company and we were picked up very early the next morning. The driver had a large van and after picking up several other small groups of tourists at local hotels in Jerusalem, we set off for Masada – a roughly 60 mile trip southeast of Jerusalem on the southern coast of the Dead Sea. Read more »

5
Sep

Four Days in Jordan

Jordan is a country roughly the geographic size of Indiana that was established in 1946 as an independent sovereign state (previously under a British mandate) with a constitutional monarchy. The Parliament proclaimed King Abdullah the first king in 1946 but when he was assassinated in 1951, his son, Talal assumed the crown but abdicated in 1952 leaving his son, Hussein to ascend the throne and rule the country until his death in 1999. Read more »