We climbed Masada this morning. The ladies took the tram, and the men took the Snake Trail. It was quite a steep climb, but an enjoyable experience. Could this mountain have been a rock and fortress for David?
We saw the ruins of Herod’s palace and guard buildings. When the Zealots moved in they wouldn’t use the Roman buildings but built their own.
There was a rabbi copying the Torah in the ancient synagogue to continue the tradition from 2,000 years ago.
Our guide on this trip, Ohri
In the afternoon we visited a nature preserve near En Gedi. There were several waterfalls, flowers, birds, ibex, and other wildlife throughout the park.
In a beautiful, shady spot, with a sparkling waterfall, we had a Bible lesson on living water. Do we give of the living water to those around us?
Later we visited Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were found.
We stopped at “the best hotel in Jericho” for the night. We can see minarets and hear the prayer call from our hotel room.
Linda Martin (my sister) is from Juniata County, Pennsylvania. She lost her husband of thirty years to cancer a year and a half ago. She said they had planned to visit Israel together some day. She is a writer and editor on these daily updates. Her children and grandchildren enjoy hearing about her trip.