Day 7. Mt. Sinai

Mt. Yeroham, Har Karkom, Kibbutz of Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, Mitzpe Ramon, Moshav Paran

We awaken in the stillness of the Arava and find the sun rising over the mountains of Jordan.

Where did Elijah go when he hiked to Mt. Horeb?

For centuries, inquiring feet have searched for the mysterious mountain where God demanded, “What are you doing here?” We all want to stand where the prophet watched Wind, Earthquake, and Fire. So we go to look at two sites, and along the way we pause to enjoy a kibbutz, a canyon, and a moshav.

Mt. Yeroham

At Yeroham, we see the mountain which Professor Aardsma proposes is Mt. Sinai — based on its distance from Egypt and Midian, roominess and water supply, pottery shards and geologic period. We stop at Prime Minister David Ben Gurion’s Kibbutz Sde Boker. In 1964, we shook hands with Mr. Ben Gurion at his gate, but today we might not find him home. Next the Mitzpe Ramon Crater, the Grand Canyon of Israel.

Har Karkom

At Har Karkom we see the mountain which Professor Emmanuel Anati proclaims as Sinai and to which he says the Vatican is organizing pilgrimages.

We stop at Paran Moshav to get a feel for the location of Petra, right across the border. Scholars who identify Petra as Mt. Sinai point out that it sits in the Valley of Moses with the Spring of Moses bubbling at the entrance where Moses struck with his rod. So we gaze across a border closed to us and maybe feel a bit for Moses, who looked over at Jericho but heard the Lord say, “Not for you.”

Little groups all over the bus are talking about how to get visas, so they can jump on the tour that visits potential Mt. Sinais in Egypt (Hashem el-Tarif & Jabal Mousa) Jordan (Petra) and Saudi Arabia (Jabal al-Lawz).

We sleep peacefully during our third night in the quiet of the Arava – Biblical Tamar Park.

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