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  • Masada relates a story of perseverance and power, faith and surrender, ambitions, and a tragic end.  Masada became the last stronghold of the Jewish zealots in the great revolt against Rome, and in the year 73, the 960 Jewish zealots chose to commit suicide rather than to fall into the hands of the Romans alive. Masada is a symbol for modern Israel, and "Masada shall not fall again" is a solemn oath taken by all inductees to the Israeli Defense Forces.