Trending Ruin: Just in Time for CBS' The Dovekeepers, My Mother and I Visit Masada

March 30, 2015 2:42 PM

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Prior to my recent trip to Israel with my mother, Masada was less of an actual historical and spiritual reality and more of a mediocre 1981 ABC TV movie starring a bewigged Peter O'Toole in the post-Raid on Entebbe cascade of Jewish-themed network programming. I'm happy to report that since my visit, I know a lot more about Masada the place than Masada the movie (though they did film parts of the mini-series at the real Masada). I'm also glad to report that mom and I appear to have anticipated a media resurgence for the ancient fortress; last week the Smithsonian Network debuted theirSiege of Masada documentary and, just in time for Passover, CBS debuts their Masada mini-series The Dovekeepers on Tuesday night. Masada is officially a trending ruin.

For those of you who may have forgotten the O'Toole film or missed the last week's documentary, Masada is an ancient fortress located between the Dead Sea and the Judean desert. According to Wiki: "Herod the Great built palaces for himself on the mountain and fortified Masada between 37 and 31 BCE. ...

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