This morning, we woke up very early, and got on the bus for a two hour drive. The reason for this was that we here heading to Masada! We arrived at about nine o clock, and had breakfast. We then began to climb up the steep rampart that the Romans had used to attack the Jews living at the top. Once we reached the top, we had tefillah in a shady spot. Ally, Skylar and Ben led shacharit as we enjoyed the expansive views. We have now prayed at both Masada and the Kotel; spots that show the Jewish spirit will endure and triumph. We walked around, observing the ancient structures built by King Herod. We even saw rocks fired into Masada by the Romans, and walked through a bath-house that was thousands of years old! Even the mosaic tiles were intact as well as the terra-cotta system of heating water to heat the hot room. The views were incredible; we could see the Dead Sea and Jordan (the country.) Then, it was time to walk down the Snake Path, a long, twisting road leading back to the bottom. The walk down was a bit lengthy, steep and bumpy but lots of fun. Ben, Sophia and Rafi ran down a few bits with our guide, Yonit. As we arrived at the bottom some of us were even singing! Morah Amalya said, “I have never seen a group of 8th graders get to the bottom of the Snake Path singing!”
After our strenuous trip up and down Masada, it was time to have fun at the Dead Sea! Everyone was so excited, because for most of us it was our first time. When our class first started walking in the water, the stinging wasn’t even there! However when we immersed ourselves further, it got more and more apparent. Many of us noticed that we had cuts that we didn’t even know about! Even though it hurt a lot, it was amazingly fun. It was so easy to lie on your back and float! However, when we tried to swim and then turn back around, we couldn’t touch the ground and it was so hard to flip back up-right! After about 15 minutes, it was time to get out and rinse off. After that, we took the trolley back to the changing area and pool. We all then jumped straight into the pool to help clean off the salt. Then, it was time to change and leave. We had so much fun!
We just finished dinner at our new Kibbutz Ashdot Ya’Akov.
Sophia, Skylar, Marcy, Amalya and the 8th graders