“My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms in the vineyards of Engedi.” Song 1:14
In Hebrew, Ein Gedi means “Spring of the Kid”. It no doubt derived its name from the mountain goat known as the Nubian Ibex that is native to the rugged, Judean cliffs in this region. Ein Gedi is an oasis in the desert, where several springs gush forth from the Judean Mountains creating a series of waterfalls an pools whose waters cascade down the Nahal Arugot and Nahal David into the Dead Sea. At this site, desert wanderers and invading armies have refreshed themselves from the desert heat for thousands of years. This is where David eluded Saul while hiding in the caves and grottos of the ravines, and also where he cut the corner of Saul’s robe to prove his loyalty to the king. As an oasis, Ein Gedu has inspired poets and prophets throughout the ages, who have written of the refreshment and abundance of “living waters”.