Thursday, April 14, 2011
Masada shall not fall again - 73 AD or CE - which ever you consider politically correct
Today, April 14 in 73 (Well according to some sources - date varies) According to Jewish historian Josephus, 967 Jewish zealots committed mass suicide within the fortress of Masada (Hebrew for fortress) on this last night before the walls were breached by the attacking Roman Tenth Legion. (Two women and five children survived by hiding in a cistern, and were later released unharmed by the Romans.)
Most consider it a myth that was greatly enlarged to give Israel a national mythology of heroism.
In the 1950's Israeli soldiers took an oath there: "Masada shall not fall again." but after the Six day war Israel had new accounts of glory that could take the place of the Masada suicide pact and new sites were found for the IDF swearing in ceremonies.
I have found no such mention of Masada in the oath taken today by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), including Lone Soldiers, but the "Masada shall not fall again" does have a nice ring, in a brief search of the internet. Their oath is;
"I swear and commit to pledge allegiance to the State of Israel, its laws, and authorities, to accept upon myself unconditionally the authority of the Israel Defense Force, obey all the orders and instructions given by authorized commanders, devote all my energies, and even sacrifice my life for the protection of the homeland and liberty of Israel."