Monday, September 08, 2008
Teaching in the Negev Desert
The Negev is where Abraham lived and it's where Moses led the Israelites as they left Egypt. Both Judaism and Christianity find their foundational experiences, or root stories, in the Negev. This is where God spoke and began it all. I recorded about 45 minutes of teaching from Rabbi Michael and Bill Creasy. Check it out, it's some good stuff. You'll hear the birds chirping as we sit in the middle of a true wilderness desert Oasis, protected as an Israeli national park. You'll also unfortunately hear the Israeli airforce flying jets overhead more times than I liked to count. Oh, and today we did see the wild Ibex, and I got some good pictures! I also put a map down below so you can find some of these places. Click on it to make it bigger. The green in the picture above is the Oasis in the desert.
This was one of the days I was most looking forward to when I saw the itinerary. It is not someplace that American tourists go. We rode on the back of a flat bed truck with chairs bolted into it, open sides and a canopy roof. We bounced for about an hour into the wilderness and then walked into the lush oasis where we had our teaching. The Oasis is well know I guess, it's small but it's called En Zik, sounds like Zeak. It was amazing to see this land where once possibly a few million Hebrews lived as they wandered through with wilderness. It's also amazing to think that Abraham and Sarah lived their lives in areas like this, possibly very near by. Make sure you check out the teaching below.
check out the Negev Teaching here it may get moved to a different page later.
Alyssa, how about one of these goats for our yard?!?! Check out the horns on the big one, probably close to three feet long. The animals themselves are quite large. According to our local guide, who is a farmer of desert olives near by, the Israeli people have been able to bring back most of the natural wildlife in this part of the country, including leopards and wild dogs.