Masada, En Gedi, and the Knesset

We left our hotel in Jerusalem early this morning and traveled to the Judean Desert, along the Dead Sea, to visit Masada.  Herod the Great built this fort in the desert, which was later occupied by Jewish families who had fled to the desert to escape the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman legions.

We continued to En Gedi, where David hid in the caves and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe.  On our trip back to Jerusalem, we stopped near the city of Jericho for lunch and the group enjoyed getting to ride camels.

We ended our day with a visit to Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset.  The parliamentarian who is responsible for the foreign department of the State of Israel, Michael Oren, met with our group and gave us a briefing on the condition in the Middle East, and expressed his appreciation for our support for the Jewish people.

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