Living water of the Dead Sea
It was the end of January, but the water temperature turned out to be quite acceptable: not that warm, but, as they say in such cases, invigorating. I chuckled cheerfully, dived and made a few energetic strokes. The punishment immediately followed: I was thrown to the surface and turned over like a kayak controlled by an inept hand, and my eyes hurt, as if they had been carried out with sandpaper. I realized that you need to be careful. Still, before me is not the Black Sea or even the Red (Red), through which Moses spent his dry land, but the Dead, which requires a special regime of behavior.
Dense, oversaturated with salt water did not want to accept foreign objects, in this case my body, and elastically pushed them to the surface. It seems to me that with certain skills and hard training, you can learn how to take a couple of steps along the surface of the Dead Sea with a running start. But Christ walked along the waves three hundred kilometers north of these places, on Lake Galilee – Israel’s largest reservoir of fresh water, where you can easily drown. Which, incidentally, almost happened to the apostle Peter. He asked Teacher to give him the opportunity to walk on water, but on the move he was frightened and began to sink. Jesus extended his hand and, without touching, supported him, saying with reproach: “Unbelieving! Why did you doubt?”
Our unpretentious contemporaries are content with simpler miracles. The attraction thatLiving water of the Dead Sea to the Dead Sea from all over the world amuse with rare unanimity is to go waist-deep into the water, gently lie on their backs and unfold a newspaper in their hands, as if there was no more comfortable way to read in nature. The friends who remained on the shore run and squat with cameras, trying to capture this serial miracle from the most spectacular perspective. I noticed only one deviation from this scheme. Some inventive lady chose to lie on her stomach, dropping her chin to her arms crossed beneath him. In such a languid sofa pose, fluttering slightly, she slowly drifted along the coast, along which a personal photo chronicler skipped about after her.
When I got out of the water, I hastened to wash off the salt that was pinching my eyes and mouth. Water in the Negev desert, which is translated from Hebrew as “dry land,” is a shortage, and it is spent here with reasonable savings. Those who want to wash themselves crawl into a round concrete pool without water, stand under an individual strainer and pull the handle on a metal chain – a kind of retro toilet. In response to you, a dosed amount of moisture is spilled enough to wash away the salt from the body without undermining the water balance of the desert. When re-diving into the sea, I behaved more carefully: while swimming, avoided sudden movements, I did not open my mouth and tried to keep my head above the water. Subject to these simple rules, communication with the Dead Sea guarantees maximum pleasure and even, as Israeli doctors assure, has a healing effect. By the way, this sea supplies important ingredients for world famous potions that give women beauty. They are called: “Dead Sea Cosmetics.” So in a sense, the water of the Dead Sea is living.
… Suddenly, a gang of black natives fell out on the beach with a cheerful hubbub. Upon closer inspection, it turned out that they are the same pale-faced, but covered with blotches of mud. As it turned out, medical. They had just taken a mud treatment and went out to breathe in the fresh sea air. Climatic conditions in the Dead Sea zone are favorable for the treatment of many ailments, in particular bronchial asthma.
This reservoir is unique, from which side to look at it. If from top to bottom: the blue cup at our feet is the deepest hollow on the globe. The water mirror is located 398 meters below the level of the Mediterranean Sea. “Failure” is a consequence of a powerful tectonic shift. The sea owes its undeservedly gloomy name to the Romans, who believed that the local waters kill all living things. This opinion persisted until the end of the 19th century, having managed to get scientific confirmation. The concentration of salt in the Dead Sea is about 7.5 times its percentage in ordinary sea water. They say that sometimes sea waves throw ashore fish who had the imprudence to swim here from the Jordan River (the very one in which John the Baptist baptized the Son of God). They are so saturated with salt that they harden, turning into tiny stone statues. However, the famous Israeli microbiologist Bulkami, as a result of four years of research, found that his life in the Dead Sea was boiling – at the level of microorganisms. In addition, its waters are a natural storehouse of many useful chemicals: potash, magnesium chloride, bromine, calcium and, of course, salt. In biblical times, one of the names of the Dead Sea was Salty.
Speaking of salt. In addition to its purely culinary use, its use in the manufacture of ointments and other medicinal potions, at the times described in the Torah, it also had cult significance. In expounding to Moses the fundamental commandments of being.