Israel

Bethlehem

We went to Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas Eve.  Tucked away in the middle of Israel, in the Palestinian Authority is the place where Jesus Christ was born.  Machine guns, war zone, conflict…all quite different from what one might expect in a place that is where these religions were born.  This was one of my most memorable holidays I’ve ever had.

Masada, Israel

Link to Wikipedia

Masada is an ancient fortification in the Southern District of Israel situated on top of a mesa. Located on the eastern edge of the Judaean Desert, it overlooks the Dead Sea.  Herod the Great fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BCE. According to Josephus, the siege of Masada by troops of the Roman Empire at the end of the First Jewish–Roman War ended in the mass suicide of 960 people, the Sicarii rebels and their families hiding there.

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