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Junior Journey: Masada and Ein Gedi

Rabbi Dean Kertesz, Jewish Studies Teacher and co-Dean of Students
Our group climbed Masada from the west side up the Roman ramp. At the top, we toured much of the site and learned the story of the Zealots who captured the city and held out for months against the Roman siege before committing mass suicide rather than surrendering. We ended our time on Masada with a discussion of how the early Zionists used the story of Masada to instill patriotism and a fighting spirit into the hearts of the Zionist youth.
Half of our group went to Masada and the other half went to the Ein Gedi Springs.


Ein Gedi is a year round spring just north of Masada with a waterfall and pools. It was where David hid when King Saul was chasing him. (I was with the Masada group, so I can't really comment on Ein Gedi.)
 
Our group climbed Masada from the west side up the Roman ramp. At the top, we toured much of the site and learned the story of the Zealots who captured the city and held out for months against the Roman siege before committing mass suicide rather than surrendering. We ended our time on Masada with a discussion of how the early Zionists used the story of Masada to instill patriotism and a fighting spirit into the hearts of the Zionist youth.
 
After Masada, we rejoined the other group at the Ein Gedi Spa for lunch and an afternoon of swimming in the Dead Sea and soaking in mineral baths to wash off the desert dust.
 
We arrived in Jerusalem this evening to a student-led ceremony of welcome to Jerusalem before we checked into our hotel and had a delicious dinner together at a restaurant.
 
Tomorrow we are off to the City of David.
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