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    • Day5

      Masada - Herodes legendäre Felsenfestung

      September 17, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Wir haben heute Masada besucht.
      Zuerst sind wir bei strahlendem Sonnenschein und erschöpfender Hitze den Weg zu den Ruinen der Festung Masada hoch gewandert. Auch wenn diese 20 Minuten sehr anstrengend waren, hat es sich gelohnt, da wir sofort mit einer beeindruckenden Aussicht belohnt wurden. Neben der Aussicht auf das Tote Meer und die Wüste, haben wir uns die Ruinen angeschaut und etwas über ihre Geschichte gelernt.
      Masada, auf die sich die dort beheimateten Juden zurückgezogen hatten, um sich den Römern zu widersetzen, galt als uneinnehmbar. Als sie merkten, dass die Römer es jedoch trotzdem schaffen, am nächsten Tag die Festung zu stürmen, entschieden sie sich für einen kollektiven Selbstmord, um nicht den Römern in die Hände zu fallen. Deswegen ist die Festung ein Symbol für den Freiheitskampfes Israels.

      Zum Schluss sind wir dann mit der Seilbahn nach unten gefahren.
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      Unglaublich beeindruckend!


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    • Day13


      February 14, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Masada is the ancient fortress built by Herod the Great, more than 2,000 years ago. This was his place of safety, located on top of a high geological feature with only difficult access. The site is probably best known for the siege by the Romans at the end of the 1st Jewish-Roman war in 73/4 CE where the last rebels held out.
      My 1st impression was that the fortress is a lot larger than I expected. This is another example of mistaken ideas about what I expected.
      The 1st picture is of the mountain looking up to where Herod built his fortress. This was taken from the cable car that provides easy access to the top.
      The 2nd picture looks back down from the top. Notice the squares. These are Roman army encampments. There were 8 at that time, all connected by a wall that cut off any chance for relief to the rebels.
      The 3rd picture is of the model of the north end of the fortress. The 3 levels constitute Herod's palace.
      The 4th picture looks across the remains of the fortress, giving a sense of scale of the place. This is only half of it, looking south. There isn't any place to see the whole site at once unless you have a drone. The 5th picture looks north from about the same spot to show some of the ruins. Note that the palace in the 3rd picture is beyond what's visible here. If you look closely, you will see in some places a black line painted on the walls. This makes the extent of the ruins before restoration. Everything below the line is original in situ. Everything above the line is reconstructed.
      The last picture is the synagogue of the fortress. It is a well preserved part of the structure.
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    • Day11

      Day 10 - Dead Sea and Masada

      May 6, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Our day started with a long drive along the Dead Sea, which gave us a feel for its breadth, though that has shrunken considerably over the years. Not only is it the lowest point on Earth, but its water level is dropping at a rate of about three feet per year. We could see abandoned resorts that had once been seaside but that now were empty shells on an apocalyptic landscape. The 34% salinity also ends-up creating large sinkholes along the edges. But we also saw fields of date palms and a kibbutz here-and-there.

      The destination was Masada, an isolated mountain-top fortification built by Herod the Great that dates to the 1st century BC. In 73 to 74 CE, it was the site of a siege by the Romans against Jewish zealots that were hiding there, and it allegedly ended with the mass suicide of close to 1,000 people.

      It’s wicked cool. I remember my dad being fascinated by it by virtue of his long-time subscription to National Geographic. Today it is one of Israel’s most popular tourist attractions, and you can clearly see why.

      After a few hours there, we set off to Jericho, which today is a Palestinian city of about 25,000 people in the West Bank (we drove through several checkpoints on both days 9 and 10). Dating back about 11,000 years, Jericho is the oldest city in the world, with the world’s oldest known protective wall (our tour guide frequently uses the term “back in the day,” and he usually means, well, waaaaaay back in the day). As we drove to Jericho, we passed the cave where the Dead Sea Scrolls had been found.

      We had a wonderful final evening in Jerusalem, walking first to a superb restaurant, The Culinary Workshop and walking after dinner to a speakeasy, The Gatsby.

      #aktravel #israel #jerusalem #masada
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    • Day6


      June 23, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

      Waking up before the sun had even risen after a long day of walking around Jerusalem was bound to tire the average person out, but not me! As soon as my alarm rang, I collected my things and made my way out. The streets this time were totally abandoned and it was super cold. I hurried and took broad steps to our meeting place at a nearby hotel which was still a 15 minute walk. It seemed like it was the right place when I saw a group of other people hudled up near the entrance. My eyes were initially drawn to a guy and gal of African descent who will end up becoming my good friends later on in the day. We were all herded into a nice van with comfy seats and wi-fi and were off to Masada. I had no idea what this place was about really except that it offered a sunrise hike which seemed like a cool experience. Fergus had also did this hike and said it was worth it though he didn't make it in time for the sunrise. I was able to get some rest on the way to Masada but soon we were out of the van and into the dark desert and getting ready to buy tickets.

      The way up was a winding road known as the Snake Path which was really made evident when I saw the map on how it zigzagged all the way to the summit. I was ready and determined to make it up before the sunrise so I quickly set off on a brisk pace even when I only had my slippers with me. With just the flash on my phone to light the way and the darkness giving me comfort that I still had time, it was a quiet and meditative hike. I led by a huge margin, only followed by another person behind me who I viewed as a competitor to keep me on my toes and moving forward. My pace was really good and I had time to catch a breath or two but after a while the fatigue started to catch up to me as I realized I didn't have breakfast and I still only had these brownies to fill me up which wasn't exactly the healthiest way to tackle a hike especially under these circumstances. Still, there was only one way this would end so I kept pushing forward. Near the summit, I was overtaken by a few hikers as it was definitely hitting me hard already but with just a couple of more bursts of energy, I made it to the top just before the sun peeked over the horizon though throughout the hike, the path slowly became more and more illuminated but still it wasn't time for sunrise yet. I moved to find my place to watch the sunrise and settled on one of the walls of the ruins. Sunrises are pretty rare for me so I would say it was really beautiful, the hues were really nice and the views of the Judean desert made for an even more amazing vista. There was a Jewish family who took the best spot in my opinion but I was able to capture a nice photo of the father while he was praying. I was still eating some brownies to replenish my energy but I feel like it was just making things worse for myself. There were some tour groups that I eavesdropped on to try and get some more information about the place and I learned that Masada used to be a fortress and the defenders here committed mass suicide so as not to get captured by the enemy. I also went to use the bathroom for a number 2 and ran into the black guy from earlier. We exchanged some brief pleasantries while I went about my business, when I went out he was still there so we started talking. I told him I came from Japan to which he said it was one of his favorite countries and that he has been there before. He introduced himself as Jeremie from Paris but originally from Congo. I met Malaika soon after, she was also from Paris and of Congo origin. I hit it off pretty well with them and we talked on the way down. I was glad to make some friends and now we were off to the next destination for the day, Ein Gedi.
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    • Day7

      Madsada Berg

      January 22, 2020 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Die Felsenfestung Masada liegt im Norden der Wüste Negev, nach anderer Auffassung bereits in den Bergen der Judäischen Wüste. Jährlich besuchen über 800.000 Menschen diesen Tafelberg, der bereits den Hasmonäern als Fluchtburg gedient hatte. Ausgebaut wurde sie zwischen 40 v. Chr. bis 30 v. Chr. von Herodes dem Großen zu einem prächtigen Palast. Nach dessen Tod war Masada einige Jahre römische Garnison. Beim jüdischen Aufstand gegen die römische Besatzung gelang einer Gruppe von Zeloten in einem Überraschungscoup die Einnahme und diente dann bis zu ihrem gemeinsamen Freitod im Jahr 73 n. Chr. als letzter Rückzugsort. Danach war die Festung längere Zeit verlassen. Vom 5. bis 7. Jahrhundert diente das Felsplateau von Masada byzantinischen Mönchen als kleine Klosteranlage. Irgendwann geriet der Ort in Vergessenheit, bis er schließlich 1838 von einem Engländer wiederentdeckt wurde.
      Die Bedeutung von Masada für Israel wird verständlich aus der von dem jüdischen Historiker Flavius Josephus überlieferten Freiheitskampf der Zeloten gegen die Römer. Eine kleine Zahl von 973 jüdischen Zeloten konnte sich hier drei Jahre lang erfolgreich gegen eine zahlenmäßig gewaltige Übermacht behaupten. Als es den Römern endlich gelungen war, eine Bresche in die Mauer Masadas zu schlagen, beschlossen die Rebellen, lieber gemeinsam zu sterben als in die Knechtschaft der Römer zu gelangen. Nach der Gründung des Staates Israel war es einige Jahre lang üblich, Rekruten nach ihrer Grundausbildung hier zu vereidigen.
      Heute noch dient vielen gläubigen Juden die Synagoge auf Masada als Stätte für die Zeremonien der Religionsmündigkeit Bar Mitzwa. Seit dem Jahr 2001 zählt die Festung Masada zum Weltkulturerbe der UNESCO
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    • Day7


      January 22, 2020 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Zizit oder Schaufaden (in der aschkenasischen Aussprache Zizis; hebr. ציצית, Plural ציציות Zizijot bzw. Ziziaus, Zizes) ist die Bezeichnung für die an den vier Ecken eines Schals oder rechteckigen Kleidungsstücks befestigten Fäden. Sie werden am rituellen jüdischen Gebetsmantel Tallit angebracht, der beim Gebet getragen wird und an einem Leibchen, Tallit Katan, das tagsüber getragen wird.


      Die Zizijot sind Bündel von langen weißen Fäden aus Wolle oder Kunstfaser, die mehrfach geknotet sind.

      Schaufäden: oben askenasisch, unten sephardisch

      Karäischer Schaufaden (unvollendet geknüpft)

      An jeder der vier Ecken des Tallit befindet sich eine solche Quaste. Dies ist eine wörtliche Erfüllung des Gebotes aus 4. Mose (Numeri) 15, 37–41. Dort heißt es, man solle Quasten an den vier Ecken des Gewandes anbringen und sich jedes Mal, wenn man diese sieht, an die Gebote Gottes erinnern, so dass man sie auch tut. Gläubige Juden werden im Tallit bestattet. Dazu wird eine der Zizijot entfernt, als Zeichen dafür, dass ein Toter keine Gebote mehr zu erfüllen braucht.
      Der Tallit Katan, der unter der Kleidung getragen wird, erinnert an ein T-Shirt, ist aber an den Seiten offen und nur durch ein Stück Stoff oder Faden zusammengehalten. So bleibt es ein rechteckiges Kleidungsstück und kann mit Zizijot versehen werden. Die Schaufäden werden von manchen Personen an der Seite aus der Hose sichtbar heraushängend gelassen. Bei religiösen aschkenasischen Juden reichen sie teilweise fast bis auf den Boden.
      Ursprünglich war jeweils einen Strang des Bündels oder das ganze Bündel mit der sehr kostbaren Farbe Tekhelet blau gefärbt. Gemäß der rabbinischen Tradition ist das eine Farbe, die zuletzt im antiken Israel aus dem Tier Chilazon gewonnen wurde. Eine prägende Auslegungsrichtung aus der Diaspora besagt seit dem Mittelalter, zur Zeit könne das Gebot der Torah in diesem Teil nicht mehr erfüllt werden, weil das Wissen darum, was genau ein Chilazon ist, verlorengegangen sei. Daher sind die Zitzijot meist rein weiß. Andere tragen seit dem Ende des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts wieder ganz oder teilweise Techelet gefärbte Zizijot, weil die Stumpfe Stachelschnecke als korrekte Quelle des Farbstoffes erkannt wurde. Die Karäer sehen in Techelet die Benennung eines Farbtons und tragen ihre eigenen blau-weiß gefärbten Schaufäden.
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    • Day9

      Festung Masada / Totes Meer

      October 10, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Pünktlich erreichten wir den Hafen von Eilat. Kaum angelegt bestiegen wir um 8:15 Uhr den Bus, der uns nach einer Fahrt von 2.5 Stunden zur Festung Masada und das Tote Meer brachte. Der Weg führte uns durch die Wüste Negev entlang der jordanischen Grenze. Die Festung Masada wurde von König Herodes kurz vor Geburt Jesus gebaut und liegt auf einem Tafelberg. Mit einer Schweizer Gondel erreicht man in knapp drei Minuten die Bergstation. Die Aussicht auf das Tote Meer, die jordanischen Berge und die Judäische Wüste ist atemberaubend. Nach einem zweistündigen Rundgang, Erklärungen des Reiseleiters und vielen Eindrücken, verliessen wir die Festung wieder.

      Nach einem feinen Mittagessen in einem der vielen Hotels am Toten Meer, durfte ein Bad in demselben nicht fehlen. Die Wassertemperatur liegt bei geschätzten 30 Grad. Im Wasser ist es möglich auf dem Rücken zu liegen ohne sich zu bewegen. Einmal auf dem Rücken liegend muss man sich etwas anstrengen um wieder auf die Beine zu kommen. Das Wasser drückt einem immer auf den Rücken.

      Gegen Abend machten wir uns wieder auf den Rückweg zum Schiff. Ein langer, interessanter und heisser (36 Grad) Tag neigt sich dem Ende zu.
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    • Day17


      February 23, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Alles Wissenswerte gibt es auf der super gemachten Broschüre zum Nationalpark Masada unter:…

      oder in Enlisch…
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    • Day22


      May 28, 2015 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Today we spent the morning at Masada. For those who don't know the story, it really is something to behold. Masada is a place that the people of Israel hold close to their hearts. The cry of the modern nation of Israel is "Masada will never happen again." The year was 67 AD, a few decades after the death of Christ and just as the early church was getting their feet underneath them. The story of Masada shows the lengths that Rome was willing to go to in order to control the Jewish population.

      Masada was a fortress that was originally built up by Herod the Great. Herod was a psychotic, brilliant and prolific personality in ancient times. His imagination for building was second to none. Masada was one of several great fortresses that he built. However, over time, this fortress fell into hands of others, including a group of Jewish rebels.

      These rebels secured themselves at the fortress of Masada. The Romans moved heaven and earth to penetrate the fortress and finally, around the year 73 AD, they gained entrance to the stronghold only to find that all of the inhabitants had committed suicide or killed each other. This ancient site is evidence of the lengths that Rome was willing to go and the extreme opposition that Jews were willing to offer to resist Roman rule.
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      Lenore Bernard

      Finally, found you! But, better late than never! Wow! Awesome that you are there and beholding all the beauty of this place---how great is that! Pa and me enjoying all the gorgeous pics and information. Wish we could be there with you, and maybe someday we will have the opportunity to visit. Your folks!

      Paul Bernard

      Hi mom!!! :) Can't wait to tell you about it!

    • Day6


      November 14, 2017 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 36 °C

      I won't go into the whole tragic story of Masada here (you can google it), but suffice it to say that this place has a weight that goes beyond the story of a Jewish revolt. It is a place of inspiration for heart, mind and soul. One look over the edge of the cliff to the Dead Sea below and you're filled with a sense of the vastness of this place. Some brave souls opted for the hike up the "Snake Path" and were given the sense of the impenetrability of the fortress. Some of us walked through the chambers that Herod built, but rarely used, and were struck with the lavishness of the accommodations. All of us saw the balls of stone hurled by the Romans and were struck by the weight of importance of this placeRead more

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