Petra's Red Rock – revisiting the legend

The walk into Aqaba was quite surrealistic with the giant billboards of a smiling King Abdullah and his son, Crown Prince Hussein, to greet us.

By ROBERT HERSOWITZ
March 3, 2019 10:57
The famous Al Khazneh (Treasury) structure in Petra

The famous Al Khazneh (Treasury) structure in Petra. (photo credit: ROBERT HERSOWITZ)

 
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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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