The Wonders of Masada
Masada is one of the Jewish people’ s greatest symbols, and next to Jerusalem, it is the most popular destination for Jewish tourists visiting Israel. It is the place where 960 Jews made their final and defiant stand against the Roman Army. It was a voluntary mass suicide of men, women and children, a catastrophe which should never have occurred.
Disobedient to the prophecies written in the Book, the people of Masada chose death becoming an example to all those who reject the offer of salvation.
Because Jewish law strictly forbids suicide, this decision sounds more shocking today than it probably did to his compatriots. In those times, the alternative facing the fortress’ s defenders were hardly more attractive than death. Once the Romans defeated them, the men could expect to be sold off as slaves, the women as slaves and prostitutes.
Not only will you learn about The Wonders of Masada at our community based event, the speaker will also take you into the Caves by the Dead Sea, where the oldest scrolls of the Bible were accidentally found. A collection of about 900 documents, including texts from the Hebrew Bible, discovered between 1947 and 1956, they were discovered in eleven caves in and around the ruins of the ancient settlement of Khirbet Qumran on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea in Israel.