Monday, May 18, 2015

Masada Like You've Never Seen ✡ "My Kindness and My Fortress"

My kindness and my fortress, my high tower and my deliverer, my shield in Whom I take refuge

PSALMS (144:2)

חַסְדִּי וּמְצוּדָתִי מִשְׂגַּבִּי וּמְפַלְטִי לִי מָגִנִּי וּבוֹ חָסִיתִי

תהילים קמד:ב

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Today's Israel Inspiration

Here's why Masada is Israel's #1 tourist destination after Jerusalem. Along with its sheer height and incredible ancient ruins, the story of the Jewish zealots who withstood a three-year siege by the Romans has become a symbol of heroic resistance. In their last days, a man named Eleazar Ben Yair made this final speech: "My loyal followers, long ago we resolved to serve neither the Romans nor anyone else but only God, who alone is the true and righteous Lord of men." Thereafter, the zealots took their own lives to avoid capture, save for two women and their few children in hiding. Masada stands symbolically for 'never again shall we fall,' and in Hebrew, "Masada" מצדה comes from the word in our verse meaning "fortress."

Hebrew Music Monday

In honor of recent Jerusalem Day, we bring you Dudu Fisher's beautiful rendition of "If I Forget You Jerusalem" based on Psalm 137. Learn the words in Hebrew with our helpful transliteration.

Stunning Aerial Video of Masada

You'll have to excuse our excitement at including a second video today, but this stunning footage of Masada is too good to miss!

Jerusalem Dove

The dove is a symbol of our true desire for peace in the Holy Land. Get this beautiful figurine of a dove atop beautiful Jerusalem buildings and skyline.

Today's Israel Photo

Ancient ruins on Masada by Noam Chen. Located in the Judean Desert, Masada's fortress included storehouses, living quarters, an armory, two large palaces originally built by Herod, as well as ritual baths, a synagogue and cisterns that were refilled by rainwater.

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