Photo Friday: The Vast and Dreadful Wilderness

Stand for Israel  |  August 26, 2022

Visitors to Masada in 1956 take the Snake Path through the wilderness
(Photo: Moshe Pridan/GPO)

“He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” (Deuteronomy 8:15-18)

In this photo taken in 1956, visitors to the landmark Masada in Israel navigate the wilderness, much as their ancestors might have, braving snakes and scorpions and the desert sun. Here, however, the only snake is the “Snake Path,” a popular route to the top of Masada to this day. Shabbat shalom, friends.