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The site of the Qumran Scrolls, known as the Dead Sea Scrolls

Were the Qumranites preparing for the War of Gog and Magog?

A visit to Qumran National Park and the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls

By MEITAL SHARABI
27/11/2020

Masada and the Sabbath – The sanctity of freedom over slavery

Separation from sin, and separation from that which enslaves us. The Sabbath is the covenant between the individual and one’s God.

By SHAUL GOLDSTEIN
03/07/2020
Moshe Dann

The symbol of Masada

The adoption of Masada as a modern symbol for the State of Israel, however, is controversial because of what Josephus wrote took place there.

14/12/2019
Tourists visit the ancient fortress of Masada

The fall of Masada

Two thousand years ago, 967 Jewish men, women and children reportedly chose to take their own lives rather than suffer enslavement or death at the hands of the Roman army.

By JODI MAGNESS
14/12/2019
Masada and Jewish heroism:  A new perspective

Masada and Jewish heroism: A new perspective

The most important question is why the Jews at Masada stopped fighting.

14/12/2019
A view of the Judean Desert overlooking the caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found

Masada and its scrolls

Masada was first built as a fortress by a Hasmonean priest Jonathan, either the brother of Judah the Maccabee (152–143 BCE) or Alexander Janneus (103–76 BCE).

By LAWRENCE SCHIFFMAN
10/12/2019

Mixing it up at Masada

DJ Damian Lazarus embraces the New Year with his alfresco festival at Masada

By JENNIFER GREENBERG
26/09/2019

Ask the Rabbi: Heroism at Masada?

It might come as a surprise that the Sages never discuss Masada in their vast Talmudic or midrashic literature.

By SHLOMO BRODY
05/09/2019

Inscribing the Jewish future on Masada

“By writing a Torah on Masada, we are continuing what the Romans wanted to stop 2,000 years ago,” said Rabbi Shimshon Israeli.

Book review: A noble death?

Jodi Magness has taken a closer look at the legendary tale of Masada, and the facts, speculations and myths

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
05/06/2019
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