Pre-Trip Research...

Ariel Wainer

Location of your site:

Borders Jordan, Israel, and The West Bank.

Geographical Features (Include a Picture or Map):

The dead sea is a body of water full of salt.

The Meaning of the Name of your Site:

Yām ha-Melaḥ , means the sea of salt.

Historical Background/Significance:

There are two contending hypotheses about the origin of the low elevation of the Dead Sea. The older hypothesis is that it lies in a true rift zone, an extension of the Red Sea Rift, or even of the Great Rift Valley of eastern Africa. A more recent hypothesis is that the Dead Sea basin is a consequence of a "step-over" discontinuity along the Dead Sea Transform, creating an extension of the crust with consequent subsidence.

Do other Cultures or Religions have connections to your site?:

yes, the arabs from Jordan and the West bank can go easiily into the dead sea and enjoy its advanteges.

Connect a Talmudic/Biblical saying to your site:

The Dead Sea, unlike the Sea of Galilee to the north, does not figure prominently in the biblical narratives. Its most important role was as a barrier, blocking traffic to Judah from the east. An advancing army of Ammonites and Moabites apparently crossed a shallow part of the Dead Sea on their way to attack King Jehoshaphat (2 Chron 20). Ezekiel has prophesied that one day the Dead Sea will be fresh water and fishermen will spread their nets along the shore.

Share any Midrash, Fables, or other “stories” about the site:

There has been stories going around that soon the sea wil l run out of salt, from how much its being used. All of it is being used for the Arabs and other bordering nations.

Now You're ready to create a multimedia presentation in Hebrew for class here in America.

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You're also responsible for a brief "Tour Guide" presentation in ENGLISH to be given at your site in Israel.

    • [Type your English "Tour Guide" script here]

After the Trip...

Picture From your Site.

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[Write a brief reflection on your visit to your site. Was your experience what you expected? Did you learn something new? What was it like experiencing this place in person...]