Rosh Hanikra

Sunday, 24 February, 2019 - 10:49 am

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There is nothing more spectacular than seeing Hashem’s creations in action. Rosh Hanikra is at the border of Israel, Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea. After taking a cable car down we walked through the grottos created by the crashing waves. After some students heard that there was a cable car, they informed us that they would not be walking Rosh Hanikra like Masada. We let them know that (phew) one cannot walk up or down Rosh Hanikra.

Walking through the tunnels and viewing the grottos is breathtaking as you see how the waves crashing have created caves. It was here that the chilazon (snail) was found and used for its dye to create the turquoise color for the mishkan and later Beis Hamikdash. This is specialized process that the families who produced the dye did not share with anyone. Rosh Hanikra had trains that ran through it bringing supplies to the British. The Hagana blew up these tracks and bridges before the War of Independence to stop the British.

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While we walked through the grottos we heard hissing sounds from above. Guess who lives in Rosh Hanikra?  Many bats. Thankfully we only heard them and saw them from a distance. We also passed through what they call Lucky Bridge. It says that anyone who passes through will have good luck. This is the location that pigeons make their nests to take refuge from the weather. The sign said to watch out for the pigeon droppings. We took the sign very seriously and were surprised to note that they bring good luck. This was something we chose not to test.

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