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Separation from sin, and separation from that which enslaves us. The Sabbath is the covenant between the individual and one’s God.
The adoption of Masada as a modern symbol for the State of Israel, however, is controversial because of what Josephus wrote took place there.
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.
The most important question is why the Jews at Masada stopped fighting.
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).
DJ Damian Lazarus embraces the New Year with his alfresco festival at Masada
It might come as a surprise that the Sages never discuss Masada in their vast Talmudic or midrashic literature.
“By writing a Torah on Masada, we are continuing what the Romans wanted to stop 2,000 years ago,” said Rabbi Shimshon Israeli.
Jodi Magness has taken a closer look at the legendary tale of Masada, and the facts, speculations and myths