|Looking down from Masada, you can see one of the Roman camps.|
author Alice Hoffman
publisher: Simon and Schuster
source: purchased myself
In January and again in November, I visited Masada. Masada is a mesa in the desert of Israel where a settlement of 950 Jews fought off Roman invaders in the years 70-73 AD. It took months for the Romans to build ramparts up to the settlement. The Jewish people vowed it was better to die FREE in mass suicide than to become slaves of the Romans. They burned all their belongings, but left the storerooms full of food to show the Romans, "We didn't die because of starvation." In the end, only 2 women and 5 children survived.
Alice Hoffman has taken this true story to weave a tale of four women living at Masada during this time. As soon as I heard about this book, I knew it was a must-read.
Even if you never make it to Masada, the book is well worth reading for all the character development Hoffman has provided.
I shot the two photos this month while on top of Masada.
|the Salt Sea (Dead Sea) at a distance|