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Ancient Synagogue of En Gedi

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    • Day8

      Masada, Qumran en Dooie see

      October 9, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Die bus het ons opgetel by die Damascus hek, naby Palms hostel. Frankie en Mari het saamgekom en dit was so lekker om op te vang oppad.
      Ons het langs die dooie see gery tot by Masada. Ons moes net eers 'n gids langs die pad oplaai, want mens mag nie in die nasionale parke in Israel gaan sonder 'n gids nie, dan word mens beboet. Mens kan egter 'n 'silent guide' kry, wat nie rerig iets sê nie en net saamry. Ons het 'n silent guide gehad. Hy was nie silent nie. Hy was eintlik baie oulik en het heeltyd vir ons goed vertel met oorgawe. Ek het vir Chris gevra hoekom hy nie ook so entoesiasties is nie, haha, maar hy sê die man gaan hom moeg maak.
      By Masada het 'n paar mense die berg opgestap (dis malligheid), maar nie voordat Frankie eers sy waterbottel in die model van Masada in die middel laat val het en Frikkie (eintlik Pierre) dit moes red nadat sekuriteit toestemming gegee het nie. Die res van ons het kabelkar gery tot bo, meeste mense het dan afgestap en sommiges het met die kabelkar afgery ook. Dis baie ver af. Ons bene was lekker jellie aan die einde en dit was verskriklik warm.
      Masada is 'n stad wat Herodus die Grote bo-op die berg gebou (laat bou) het. Dit was baie 'grand' vir die tyd. Daar was paleise en plekke waar die werkers gebly het. Daar was amper 1000 mense wat op die berg gebly het.
      Masada is gebou om hulle veilig te hou. Die Romeine het probeer om Masada in te val, maar kon dit nie regkry vir 3 jaar nie. Hulle het eindelik 'n 'ramp' gebou en deur die muur gebreek. Die Jode in Masada wou nie weer in ballingskap geneem word nie en het besluit om almal 'selfmoord' te pleeg. Hulle het mekaar doodgemaak, siende dat dit verbode is om selfmoord te pleeg in die Joodse geloof. Die enigste mens wat homself sou doodmaak is die laaste persoon om lewendig te bly. Hulle het ook als afgebrand behalwe die kosstore, om te wys dat hulle nie dood is omdat hulle nie kos gehad het nie. Hulle is rebelle genoem.
      Die volgende oggend, toe die Romeine die stad binnekom, was almal dood behalwe vir 2 vroue en 5 kinders wat hulle in 'n 'cistern' gekry het, wat die storie vertel het. Die Romeine het als toe net so gelos.
      Met die opgrawings het hulle klomp skerwe van potte gekry met die mense se name op uitgekerf. Daar is 'n gesegde tussen die Jode wat lei 'Masada will not fall again', so hulle gaan nie weer oorgee nie.
      Van daar is ons na Qumran, waar hulle omtrent 900 van die oorspronklike skrifrolle ontdek het in omtrent 11 grotte - die dooie see rolle. Dit blyk of meeste van die rolle van voor 73 AD bestaan.
      Na Qumran is ons dooie see toe, waar ons in die see gedryf het en onsself vol modder gesmeer het. Die modder maak mens se vel so sag - daar is baie olie en minerale in. Mens kan letterlik loop in die dooie see sonder om die grond te raak want jy sak nie af nie. Die water is baie sout en as dit in mens se oë kom brand dit glo baie erg.
      Dit is die laagste plek op aarde, omtrent 400 meter onder seevlak. Dit het die hoogste sout konsentrasie van enige watermassa - omtrent 30% sout. Dit is egter besig om al kleiner te raak omdat mense dit begin opgebruik, maar ook omdat dit in so warm en droë area is en die water verdamp. Niks kan daarin lewe nie en dit vloei ook nêrens uit nie.
      Van die dooie see af is ons terug Jerusalem toe, waar ons vir oom Gerrie gewag het om van Tiberias terug te kom met die taxi. Ek het my bagasie gestoor in Theuns se kamer sodat oom Gerrie in my kamer kan bly vir die aand en ek sou in Palms gaan slaap in die kamer waar Linda-hulle gebly het voor hulle in oom Gerrie se kamer ingetrek het. Toe ons by Palms aankom het hulle die kamer uitverhuur, maar weier om die geld terug te gee. Niemand moet ooit by Palms gaan bly nie. Ooit. Ek het toe in 'n dorm kamer gaan slaap by Abrahams.
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    • Day6

      Ein Gedi

      June 23, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Ein Gedi Natural Reserve was an oasis in the middle of the desert, it had flowing streams and the end destination was David Waterfall. We had to do a trek still but it was much more manageable and easier compared to Masada. There were streams I could soak my feet into and there was much greenery around the trail. We saw some cute looking critters such at the ibex and the hyrax. We passed through some caverns, natural bridges and smaller waterfalls until David's. Seemed like we were first so we had ample time to relax and enjoy the view, there was even a rainbow at the bottom. The hike back was still chill and we were somehow still earlier than everyone still so we got the chance to talk to our guide and learned a bit more about Ein Gedi, Jerusalem and even the Muslim naming culture as well as Palestine. Turns out that it's pretty common to name the first child after the father and the father before him to keep the legacy going. I was still eating my brownies at this point which funnily enough was quickly becoming less and less appetizing after each piece. We soon found ourselves back at the van heading to the Dead Sea.Read more

    • Day7

      Ein Gedi

      November 15, 2017 in Israel ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

      I won't talk much about this because I want to give time to the Scriptures to tell the story. I was so blown away, not by the same stories we've all heard about David hiding from Saul, but by a prophecy in the book of Ezekiel. Take a moment to read the picture of redemption that God presents to Ezekiel.

      Ezekiel 47:1–12 [1] Then he brought me back to the door of the temple, and behold, water was issuing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from below the south end of the threshold of the temple, south of the altar. [2] Then he brought me out by way of the north gate and led me around on the outside to the outer gate that faces toward the east; and behold, the water was trickling out on the south side. [3] Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. [4] Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. [5] Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. [6] And he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this? Then he led me back to the bank of the river. [7] As I went back, I saw on the bank of the river very many trees on the one side and on the other. [8] And he said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, and enters the sea; when the water flows into the sea, the water will become fresh. [9] And wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live, and there will be very many fish. For this water goes there, that the waters of the sea may become fresh; so everything will live where the river goes. [10] Fishermen will stand beside the sea. From Engedi to Eneglaim it will be a place for the spreading of nets. Its fish will be of very many kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea. [11] But its swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they are to be left for salt. [12] And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”

      The Dead Sea will no longer be dead. It will live once and for all.
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    • Day4

      Totes Meer

      December 29, 2018 in Israel ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      Am Toten Meer angekommen lassen wir es uns natürlich nicht nehmen darin zu baden. Wir entscheiden uns für den En Boqeq Beach, da er für uns recht praktisch liegt, sehr feine Sand hat und über Duschen und Umkleidekabinen verfügt. (Alternativ hatten wir noch den Ein Gedi Beach ausgeguckt, aber der ist zur Zeit leider auf Grund von Sink Holes gesperrt.)

      Wir waren uns nicht wirklich sicher ob man um diese Jahreszeit überhaupt Baden kann aber 20 Grad Außentemperatur und 24 Grad Wassertemperatur sind durchaus erträglich, wenn auch nicht übermäßig warm. (Am See Genezareth hatten wir heute früh gerade einmal 8 Grad).

      Das Wasser
      ist kühl und hat einen angenehmen Auftrieb (wenn auch nicht so stark wie erwartet), was bei 34% Salzgehalt keine wirkliche Überraschung ist.

      Am Grund ist feiner Sand und wenn man tiefer geht auch Salzkristalle.

      Die Haut ist nach dem Bad etwas “schleimig”, aber nach dem Duschen herrlich weich.

      Von einem Brennen in kleineren Wunden konnten wir nichts feststellen. (Wir hatten uns aber auch an die Empfehlung sich am Vortag nicht zu rasieren gehalten) Aber auch an einer eingerissenen Nagelhaut konnte ich nichts feststellen.

      Der ganze Ort strahlt (trotz der vielen Menschen) eine angenehme Ruhe aus und die Aussicht auf die dahinter liegenden Berge ist einfach herrlich. (Leider ist das wie so oft auf Bildern nicht wirklich einzufangen)
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    • Day1

      Поход по нахаль аругот - виды

      September 24, 2021 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Мы сначала шли по красной линии, потом свернули на синюю и дошли до самой дальней ее точки - крайнего водопада, около 16 метров высотой. На дне бассейнов можно разглядеть все камешки, находящие на дне, потому что вода идеально прозрачная. При возможности идти по воде, это доставляет приятные ощущения прохлады в жаркий день. Вокруг нас горы из известняка, видны наслоения и как разрушаются горы. Наслаждаясь видами пресной воды в Иудейской пустыне, виды вокруг кажутся прекрасным оазисом. Капли воды стекают по стенам и образуют идеальную среду для роста немногочисленных кустарников и растений (мох, папаротник, акация).Read more

    • Day4

      Ein Gedi

      March 12, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Wie auch bei Masada ist der Einlass zeitlich sehr begrenzt und schließt um 15 Uhr ... immerhin haben wir Steinböcke gesehen, etwas das den Besuchern verwehrt worden ist. Ein Paar teilte mir am Parkplatz mit das sie den ganzen Park nach den Steinböcken Ausschau hielten allerdings keine gesehen haben. Tja, die hatten sich auf dem Parkplatz versteckt ..Read more

    • Day6

      Ein Gedi

      May 12, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

      En Gedi (meaning spring of the wild goat) is an oasis and a nature reserve in Israel, located west of the Dead Sea, near Masada and the Qumran Caves. Because of its warm climate and abundant supply of water, the site developed a reputation for its fragrant plants and date palm groves. Ein Gedi is in the inheritance of Judah. The following two Bible passages take place in En Gedi:
      1 Samuel 24:1-3 “Now when Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, saying, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.” Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Rocks of the Wild Goats. He came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself.”
      David snuck into the cave and cut off a piece of Saul's Rob, then later called out to Saul:
      1 Samuel 24:11 “Now, my father, see! Indeed, see the edge of your robe in my hand! For in that I cut off the edge of your robe and did not kill you, know and perceive that there is no evil or rebellion in my hands, and I have not sinned against you, though you are lying in wait for my life to take it.”
      And this is where God defeated the enemies of the Israelites by praise and worship led by King Jehoshaphat.
      2 Chronicles 20:2 & 17 “Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, out of Aram and behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is Engedi).”
      “You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with you.”
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    • Day16

      Engedi

      April 20, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Engedi is an oasis in the Judean desert. It's a wildlife sanctuary. Water springs high up in the mountains cause the water to rush down in waterfalls which are really refreshing. Saw some Ibex (mountain goats), Hyrax (guinea pig like critters) and some birds. Lots of caves around - where David hid from Saul.
      The people of Engedi were famous for making "Balsamic Perfume" from a plant resin, but the recipe was kept secret.
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