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The Hike to the Top of Mount Hermon


“How good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell in unity together.” Hebrew: Singing Psalm 133 We just got off a conversation with “Hamal”. “Hamal” is the war room. So basically I just called the army and asked for permission. And then ask them if everything is ok if we can stay there. And they said yes, so should be safe if we’re staying right by the army base there. Yeah pretty much. And why is it like the restricted areas because the border is so close? Yeah, I mean I think the road that we’re gonna be taking that’s.. I mean, you can see the border right from it and it’s probably a few hundred meters away. So it’s yeah, it’s right on the border and.. We’re gonna be right there in the middle of it, so this is gonna be exciting. That’s pretty cool. So we’re… We’re almost here.. Almost the top of the Hermon mountain about 20 more minutes left. And the area is already very beautiful.. No snow yet. So we’re looking for the army base.. There it is. There it is. Oh there they are, I think “Hamal”? So its look like Yossi is trying to get a permission to get higher on the mountain. There is less security there, but they do have a closed gate, and there is another army base there, so it should be enough security, but we need a special permission. So they said that they actually it might be possible to stay up there. The only thing is that they’re closing gates at 4 o’clock 4:00 p.m. All the soldiers, I guess they’re all.. Well, there’s security up there so they’re basically standing at the gate, And then four o’clock they close gates. So he said you know it could be possible that we stay there until the morning, at 8 am. Got lots of bags for one night a little more than I guess we need but part of them have filming equipment You know like that verse like “in the stillness”, I can’t hear anything but myself right now. Besides some of the birds chirping it is dead silent. I think this is.. Total stillness and quietness this is just breathtaking. It’s amazing. I think this should be the spot, its beautiful. Yeah. So what do we have we’re gonna make.. uh? We’re gonna make Israeli Shakshukah. Awesome. What is Shakshukah? What are you doing? So a Shakshukah is basically.. it’s.. It’s a base of tomatoes. And also they would use peppers. And so you cook all of that for some time until it kind of softens up and after all this softens up, Then you have to throw in the eggs and basically that is your Shakshukah, eggs and tomatoes. Olive oil and we’re gonna pour this a little bit into the pan. This is the special ingredient I’m adding. We already got the tomatoes and the peppers now all I need to do is add the tuna and… this is going to be.. A really special meal you only get to eat this out in the wild look where we are. We’re in the middle of it, not counting the army base. Okay.. Is that as far as it goes? Yeah Oh man, I’m so hungry. Ohh! This looks incredible! See this thing was going.. Probably as fast as a snail so we would get this whole Shakshukah done maybe by tomorrow. So, we figured why not use the coals? And you can see they are so hot so I’m gonna just place this here, And see how fast this baby is gonna boil. That’s pretty cool. Okay, the eggs, lets do it. They are, alright, so, here we go.. Okay All the eggs are in. Let’s put some pita bread here on on the rock right by the coal. Oh yeah Pita on the coal Okay.. Heavenly Father, thank you for.. All these provisions Lord and giving us all this, And we just want to enjoy this fellowship Lord and really how good and how blessed it is for brothers to dwell together.. So we’re starting to understand this piece of scripture in much more now. Thank you for this wonderful meal That we can share. In Your Name we pray Jesus, Amen. Mmmm.. Okay, but here’s the bread man. Is it a bread? Is it the hummus? Bread is not so cold, I mean hot anymore. But it’s nice. Still nice. Hmmm.. Here’s the hummus.. Wow fantastic. So Sergio suggests it to me that for this week’s video we go out camping on Mount Hermon, To explore Psalm 133. And as much as I would like to explore that Psalm With him. It is December and on Mount HermonIt’s very cold. So, I suggested that he go with.. Yosi his best friend from high school. They are like brothers, and they know each other over 15 years I believe.. Hey honey! Hey, sweetheart, hey! How is everything? Oh I miss just so much, my love. I miss you too. Awwww. Tell me how everything is. Everything’s great. It’s been really cool here.. uh.. we’re.. wait a second.. um.. What is going on? Oh, its the siren is on, the siren just went on here, let me call you back to find out what going on. Oh ok ok, alright. Everything is fine, just want to make sure.. let me call you back. Ok ok. Bye. Bye honey. The siren in the army base next to us just went off. We’re not sure why. Think they’ll call us? I know why. Looking for us! Usually commanders, what they do is… Wake up the soldiers, and they do a drill in the middle of the night.. You know or sometimes in the evening so it’s just part of their training. Hey, everything ok, babe? Yes, everything is just fine. It was.. What happened? okay, so it was a drill and.. Ohhh, OK The way we found out is they announced the microphone very loudly after the siren went off. They said “Tarnegol” “Tarnegol” which in Hebrew is chicken literally chicken. And it means the drill it’s a code for drill, so it was not a real alarm. It was a drill No avalanche definitely no snow. Ok, good yeah, keep warm ok? OK. You call me if anything. Yes, alright sweetheart. I love you and be careful. I love you. I love you. Bye sweetie. Bye honey. Bye sweetie. Miss you. Miss you too. So, it’s.. about 25 degrees. Fahrenheit What is I’m like negative 5 Celsius or something? It’s pretty cold outside. Okay Charlie Garrett commented on a.. made a new post. Apparently will we get interest reception here. 4K. 4G.. In 4K. Yeah.. So.. I don’t know.. do you see any dew? Umm, the only dew I felt was by the side of the tent, it was so wet Sono idea Any dew? No No. No dew. Nothing not today. We woke up and the coal is still hot! From a fire after six hours six and a half. So we just put some wood, an old carton box and.. The fire is back on, why do you need a lighter? There’s really no dew, maybe it’s too early, but I don’t think so anyway we’re gonna.. Go make some tea have some breakfast.. Warm up, pack, and go for a hike. Beginning point and you can see we need an IDF approval And we received it yesterday we scheduled to go for the hike this morning got the approval. Let’s do it. So we just crossed.. The line.. Towards the restricted military area Very north of Israel Mt Hermon. Their military bases right there behind me. Mountain tops do you see guarding towers, lookouts.. and.. Yeah, we called a few more times since yesterday To the base to the war room to make sure they know that we’re here and won’t start shooting at us. Wow. It’s wonderful up here. Its getting really chilly with this.. Freezing wind Up in the mountain top at the peak. But it’s worth it because the view is just.. Getting more and more beautiful with every stop. The hike we walked was similar to the one that the commanders did in 1973. When Syria captured Mount Hermon, A brave commander unit hiked up this mountain in the middle of the night and attacked the Syrian forces. The four brave men died that day and when one of them was dying in the arms of the medic in whispered: Do not retreat from Hermon. Seven hours later the Syrian forces retreated and by noon the Israeli flag was raised. Unbelievable to think that, Those brave men died.. That day as they’re dying saying do not retreat. Just went all the way, to protect this land till death. So we could Be here today. Isn’t it good to sit down? Its the end. Whoa its like the worst thing is it to take off your shoes now. Don’t do it! I really.. I know you want to. I really want to. Don’t do it Please.. please. No Please No That won’t be good for the video!

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77 thoughts on “The Hike to the Top of Mount Hermon

  1. Pretty dang wonderful adventure. Too bad Charlie Garrett posted while you were communing with nature, and ruined you calm. Iโ€™ll be sure to chide him.

  2. Wonderful stuff, all right! But it sure looked coooooold. Really fascinating. Thank you to those brave soldiers who repelled the cowardly attack.ย 
    And yay for Fifi!!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  3. When does the ski resort open up, it would probably be easier to ascend on a lift and ski back down! Like you said, it was a great view. I see the cat got into the act as well…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Fantastic adventure, love seeing beautiful Israel, you bring it alive for us, thank you very much, love it and you guys and gals. xxx

  5. You guys remind me of David and Jonathon, awesome friendship. I hope Rhoda had some fun even though she didnโ€™t go ๐Ÿ˜Š

  6. Don't blame you Rhoda we have snow here in England and I wouldn't be camping out in it. Shakshuka was good in Jaffa too. First trip I did to Israel was with Jacob Prasch who Charlie highlighted this week. Thanks for sharing the view and the history, amazing. I don't know whether you guys are brave or just plain crazy but I'm glad you made it back safely, blessings Kath.

  7. Amazing adventure! Beautiful Holy place and I guess the mountain side will be lovely with flowers ๐Ÿ’ in Spring time.
    It is brave thing that the IDF army can let you go and make you camping . Anyway, I believe Rhoda was crazy happy to see Sergio return.
    God bless you and your film!

  8. Awww! Then it ended! I was expecting more lol What an adventure and with his best friend! Brings tears to my eye! There is the dew… or was it Sergio taking off his shoes lol What an awesome adventure and I am so glad that God protected you on this journey! Shalom! My love to you guys and also happy that even though Rhoda did not go that she was included in the video with Fifi! Such true love that you two have for each other! Something I pray the Lord will send my way. Love you guys so much! Thank you for the video and God Bless!

  9. Another great video, thank you Sergio & Rhoda I look forward to Sunday to see another beautiful part of The Holy land.
    Rhoda I don't blame you for staying home, after a very long time of living in cold weather I don't like it anymore.
    God bless you All.๐Ÿ˜˜

  10. Sergio and Yossi, how brave you two are. Thank you for giving us such a beautiful adventure. Oh how I long to return to Israel. My heart swells with joy with every adventure and trip you take. I do love your land. I enjoyed going to Mt Hermon several times BUT you both took a trail few get to see. Dear Rhoda, I know how you dislike the cold! But I also know you had to be concerned about your dear husband. Your music and song was fantastic. Songs sound so much better in Hebrew. Love to you all. jan

  11. My wife's comment was " I'm glad I don't have to wash the pan" when you were cooking over the open fire. We are "former" tent campers. Wonderful video as usual.

  12. Awesome video, Sergio! I am so so happy to see these videos every week. I long to go back to Israel.

    And Rhoda, I don't blame you for staying warm at home with Fifi. ๐Ÿ˜‰ My husband is always saying he wants to go snow camping. Ummm, no. Haha.

    God bless you guys!

  13. That's what I'm talking about Camping Food Mmmm that looks really good, it's like comfort food ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ the video was pretty good too lol. Just kidding another awesome job. Thanks for sharing your Israel with us God bless

  14. As Charlie keeps saying, every video is getting better & better. I think you should compile the entire collection and make it a documentary to sell. It as been so informative, bible based, with great humor, and absolutely outstanding videography along with perfect sound/music choices.
    And your production is nothing short of professional. Can't think of any other persons doing better work, and I watch a lot of peoples work, such as Gonz Shimira's Age of Deceit, Steve Quayle & Timothy Alberino's True Legends series, L A Marzulli's Watchers series, and Justen & Wes Faull's Hollow Earth Chronicles. You are right up there with them in caliber, and even better when your budget is taken into consideration.
    Looking forward to the next one.
    Blessings to you in Yeshua's Saving Name Amen Amen & Amen.

  15. Thanks again for another adventure Sergio and Yossi! And how touching how you included the story about the soldiers who died, and remarking "not to retreat". That brought tears to our eyes… It is amazing sometimes how the Lord stands in for Israel, His chosen people, wins battles, and continues to protect Israel. Camping up there, not a desire of mine! Where did you find a spot without rocks – there grow everywhere!

  16. Wow! I'm going through a lot right now and just watching you both out on the mountain in the stillness psychologically gave me a mental escape for a couple of minutes. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. so jealous. of the camping spot and the shakshuka… My hebrew isn't good enough to call for that permission, but I did shvil haGolan once with a friend when i was living there. absolutely gorgeous part of the world!

  18. Episode 33..,ย Doesnt Mt Hermonย sitย on something likeย 33.4097 degree N.?ย  The mountain summit of the Fallen Angels. Anyways.. good video guys, A view that most would never see on their own.

  19. Another good one. We have watched the first 33 videos now and have enjoyed every one. When I come to Israel this spring I might try to do some camping in northern Israel to contrast the camping I've done in the Negev. I might need to pick your brain about places to camp and where to buy a tent. Last time I brought a tent from US us it was a hassle. Probably easier just to buy one there. Blessings!

  20. Sergio I have been a long time subscriber to the Superior word which is where I first saw both of you. Bless you for showing us your beautiful land. I will be in Israel for the first time in January 2019 so I get to see it for myself finally after 29 years as a Christian, the first of many trips there if the Lord will permit me. Shalom.

  21. I search the Mt Hermon and the peak portions are occupied by Syria, so, you have not reached the peak that have snow. The "dew" can't flow as the required unity is absence as per Psalm 133.

  22. I'm going to make that shakshuka..it looks sooooo good! Aka..foodie here!!
    Amazing hiking there! Good times !!

  23. I hiked some of trails throughout Israel (Snake , Gospel, Hermon,)April 2018 .. great to watch your vids .. brings back wonderful memories.. I mostly took photos and short video clips ..Coming back 2020, G_d willing ..great vids- thank you !

  24. SO. VERY. BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO VISIT. Lifelong desire for me to visit #Mighty Israel! The way you are doing this would be absolutely fantastic to have been a part of! Thank you ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ so much for permitting me to join you in your adventure. VERY kind and generous of you, -j

  25. Man I wish I knew you guys when I was in Israel I dream of traveling to places the prophets walked through. Hope some day I can go back!

  26. Is this the mountain where the fallen angels/watchers,came down to the daughters of men and give rise to mighty giants?…etc

  27. When you prefer cooking your israelite meal by fire of the wood, i just thought it must become a really good taste food, in indonesia usually in my village in north sumatera when we do the same and with cold weather the taste of the food become really delicious, thanks for posting your videos, really beautiful , nice and love to see the land of israel by your adventure ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™

  28. Hi, Sergio and Rhonda my wife is wondering if you, Sergio or your friend were born in the former Soviet Union, or maybe your parents? My wife is ethnic Russian from the Republic of Georgia and by phenotype, you look familiar. Blessings from Oregon. Jim & Veronica!

  29. This was a great episode, because by nature of my character i am a hiker … During college days even little now (now 64) i hike hills around Mumbai

  30. Hi both. Im planning to visit israel this year and is it possible to meet u two? I love your content and the land of israel. God bless u both

  31. I've been watching all your videos and it's really amazing and very informative videos about Israel. I just visited the Holy Land sometime last year and it was a wonderful experience. I hope to visit there again, God permit:))…thank u and God bless you and your wife Rhoda!

  32. Sirens going off in the dark nite, trying to live out Psalm -33, Mt Hermon with best friend! Nice green tent & yummy supper with Grace to JESUS! Made eggs with tomatoes, peppers, tuna and
    Of course "olive oil"! A rugged Rocky hike near Syria '73โš“๏ธ๐Ÿ’Ÿ brave men that day to protect this land๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

  33. Hi Sergio & Rhoda, I am Richard. I came across your vids' In the beginning I think You are from Florida around Sarasota which I lived in Venice and Port Charlotte. Then in this video You guys are at Mt. Hermon which is close to Saghbine, Lebanon which is where my Grandma (Mothers side) is from. I enjoy your video's very much! You guys are funny. I hope, someday, to visit this area that You are in these video's until then I can enjoy the beautiful country through You. Thanks, safe travels.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. I wish Israel would take back all that land over there. Then the rest of the free world and bible believers could go visit those parts of the world where so much history happened. Israel makes it safe enuff for us to visit those historical sites. God bless israel.

  35. That was the easiest hike I ever took.ย  I felt as though I were just sitting in front of my computer.ย  Some people think Hermon, not Tabor, was the sight of the Transfiguration.ย  What do you think?ย  "We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven, when we were with him on the sacred mountain" – 2 Peter 1.

  36. Wow that was so awesome!!! Thank you guys it was like I was there with you. I always wanted to go to Israel and I could never get there, so you guys make it happen for me. Thank you!

  37. Hi how long is the hicke up there and how hard/easy is it to get permission when you are not an israely?

  38. Awesome video, respect from the USA. We love and appreciate you Israel. If anything you are our number 1 Allie, United States will always stand by your side. Keep up the good work, you're an inspiration to us.

  39. love this video๐Ÿ˜Š I love how you make "shikshuka" I always cooked it when I was in Saudi working there,my employers children are always want me to cooked it,๐Ÿ˜Š so yummy,๐Ÿค— thank you guys,very informative video,๐Ÿ˜‰but anyway the last part was very funny hahahahahhh..,๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚GOD BLESS Sergio & Rhoda๐Ÿ’–

  40. I am so enjpuing your videos!!!โคโค. Beautiful couple and your familiesโคโค. I want to visit Israel. So thankful I can see is through your videosโคโคโคโคโค

  41. Mt. Hermon is the place where Lucifer and his fallen angels landed when they were cast out of heaven.

  42. S&R you are my NEW favorite tour guides.. I pray that you will be blessed and be safe and focused on the love of YESHUA!

  43. loved seeing this video of you camping on Mt. Hermon. I will be visiting it in January 2020 but will NOT be camping out. I'll obviously need a winter coat. No problem as I'm from Canada and I'll be getting to Toronto airport wearing my winter coat! LOL.

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