The famous Al Khazneh (Treasury) structure in Petra.
(photo credit: ROBERT HERSOWITZ)
On January 17, 1971, The New York Times published an article about an Israeli song called “Hasela Ha’adom” – the Red Rock. Ironically on that same day I boarded an El Al flight in Johannesburg bound for Israel ready to fulfill my Zionist dream of aliyah. I was a young 22-year-old full of romantic notions about returning to the Jewish homeland. The song was familiar to me because of my neighbors, who were staunch members of the right-wing Betar Zionist youth movement. The lyrics of the song were written in 1958 by Chaim Chefer, with the music by Yochanan Zarai and sung by Arik Lavi.
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