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OUTSIDE OF JERUSALEM: Gamla

OUTSIDE OF JERUSALEM: Gamla – the Massada of the North

Named for its characteristic hump (“gamal” in Hebrew means “camel), Gamla is often called the Massada of the North. That’s because, like their compatriots at the famous desert fortress, Gamla’s residents tried heroically to resist Roman conquest during the Great Revolt of 67 C.E. And, like the men, women, and children at Massada, Gamla’s defenders fought valiantly – but lost. Half of Gamla’s population of 10,000 souls was killed in battle: the other half jumped off the mountain rather than be taken prisoner. Today Gamla is part of a large and exciting Nature Reserve. Excavations at Gamla have revealed some fascinating remains, including the oldest synagogue in the world as well as solid evidence that residents of the city were Orthodox Jews. Also recovered were six special coins minted and found only at Gamla with the inscription “for the redemption” on one side and “of holy Jerusalem” on the other. 

 

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Dear Aviva and Shmuel , Just a note to thank you for all of your help on our trip to Israel. Aviva .. your great ideas for the day we were on our own plus your help in booking everything was really helpful and made our first night and day very exciting .Shmuel ..apart from the fact that the kids thought you may actually be one of Supermans cousins .. we really had a fantastic trip. What you managed to show us in Jerusalem considering William is only 8 was amazing. Both the kids loved the water tunnel ( even after a small initial scare !). The day doing Masada ,En Gedi and the Dead Sea was really the most exciting day for us all . Our Israeli friends who came over to join us from Tel Aviv said there was no way they would have been able to fit in so much. Everyone loved it !
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