A Guide to Israel
and its Holy sites
Right near the Dead Sea is the beautiful oasis of
Ein Gedi, mentioned in Shir Ha'Shirim. This is the place where
Dovid Ha'melech hid from
along with an army of 3,000 men gave chase to Dovid, who was hiding in the
caves of Ein Gedi.
Here one sees large boulders and caves where antelopes roam. The area is filled with
gushing falls and dense growth with many caves in which one can easily hide without being
discovered. As Shaul entered into one of these caves, he didn't realize that
Dovid and his
men were hiding at the other end of this very cave and could easily have killed him.
However, despite the opportunity to kill Shaul, Dovid would not dare harm
anointed. Instead, he cut off the edge of the king's garment as proof that he had
absolutely no intention of harming him.
Alongside the Yam Ha'melech one also sees tall mountains with many caves in which Jews
hid during Roman times. It was in one of these caves, called the Kumran Caves, where the
Dead Sea Scrolls were found. These are on display in the Israel museum (in Yerushalayim)
in the building called The Shrine of the Book.