07.10.2011 09.Tischrei. 5772 Erew Jom Kippur
Take a picnic basket and explore this secret pool hidden among the trees in the Golan Heights near the Kinneret.
Over the weekend I decided to take my family on a short jeep tour and picnic by a spring on the southern part of the Golan Heights. We set out early and headed towards the Jordan Valley and continued north on Route 90 to Lake Kinneret at Tzomeh Junction and right on Route 92. At Ma'agan Junction we continued straight on seldom-traveled Route 98 in the direction of Hammat Gader. This road takes you on a beautiful scenic route high above the Yarmuk River on the border of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the Mountains of Gilead. Over 450 million cubic meters of water flows through the Yarmuk annually.
According to early Arab sources, the Battle of the Yarmuk in August of 636 AD led to the capture of Syria & Palestine by the Arabian Caliph Umar ibn al Khattab, who was previously an adviser to the prophet Muhammad before his death. The victory here at the Yarmuk led to the withdrawal of Byzantine forces from the Middle East and the eventual conquest of it by the combined Arab armies, turning the Judeo-Christian Middle East into the land of the newest monotheistic religion: Islam. Egypt, Persia and North Africa would soon follow and invasions & conquests into Europe would continue by various Islamic rulers for the next thousand years….