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Dead Sea

Measuring 309 square miles, the mineralrich Dead Sea and nearby springs are known for their curative qualities. Its waters are 35% salt, ten times saltier than the Atlantic Ocean. Located in the Judean desert at 248.5 miles below sea level, the climate and atmosphere are in complete contrast to hilly Jerusalem just 9 miles away.

The sharp smell emanating from sulfur deposits close by reminds one of the destruction of nearby Sodom and Gomorah, when “G-d rained down…sulfur and fire.” (Genesis 19)