In the photo above, the historically epic site, Masada, "The Summit of Courage in the Heart of the Judean Desert," is a semiotically rich background for Yoni's heart and mind, soul and spirit on his journey.
* "EPIC" is a Len Sweet acronym for "Experiential, Participatory, Image-rich, Connective." See his book, Giving Blood, Chapter 3.
Jonathan recounts his travels from his contemporary home in Portland to his ancient home, Israel. A great tale of identity discovery that runs from Peshat through Remez and Derash to Sod (PaRDeS) as a pivotal experience for Yoni in his Orthodox journey. Masada is just one of many strong memory signs of his being and presence in the reality of the Holy Land as an Orthodox Jew.