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Judean Desert:

3,800-year-old red textile dyed with Biblical scarlet discovered

Cloth fragment, earliest evidence of textile dyed with kermes, identified with the "scarlet worm" in the source texts, is discovered in Judean Desert Caves.

3,800-year-old red textile dyed with Biblical scarlet discovered

PA accelerates construction of illegal city in nature reserve

Illegal construction causing severe damage to Ha-Masrek Nature Reserve in the Judean Mountains as PA attempts to isolate Jewish communities.

PA accelerates construction of illegal city in nature reserve

Discovered in nature reserve:

Rare coin from Bar Kohba Revolt

Rare coin from the time of the Bar Kokhba Revolt, engraved with the name of 'Eleazar the Priest' in ancient Hebrew script, discovered in the Judean Desert; three additional Revolt coins bearing the name Simeon, were also found.

Rare coin from Bar Kohba Revolt

Sensational find:

4 Roman swords, nearly 2,000 years old, found in Judean Desert

A rare cache of weapons from the Roman period found stashed away in a cave in the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.

4 Roman swords, nearly 2,000 years old, found in Judean Desert

Weather: Occasional rain in northern, central Israel

There is a chance of flooding in the Judean Desert and Dead Sea area.

Weather: Occasional rain in northern, central Israel

Forecast for Wednesday: Occasional rain, chance of flooding

Wednesday is expected to bring more rain and a continued cold front along with possible flooding in the Judean desert.

Forecast for Wednesday: Occasional rain, chance of flooding

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The snow melted - and the streams are raging

Melting snow in northern Israel, Jerusalem, brings enormous amounts of water to Jordan River and Judean Desert streams.

The snow melted - and the streams are raging

Yeshiva director arrested in teen's drowning

Shimon Heller, 15, drowned during a hike in the Judean Mountains.

Yeshiva director arrested in teen's drowning

Bible scroll from Bar Kochba era discovered in Judean Desert

Dozens of fragments of 1,900-year-old biblical scroll and coins found in Judean Desert, along with 6,000-year-old mummy.

Bible scroll from Bar Kochba era discovered in Judean Desert

Jeremy Gimpel: A Judean morning routine in Israel

Watch: Rabbi Jeremy Gimpel shares his morning routine with viewers after living years in the mountains of Judea.

Jeremy Gimpel: A Judean morning routine in Israel

Watch: Due to rains, Nahal Yaelim flows over

Rainfall led to flooding in Nahal Yaelim that flows from Arad through Judean Desert, spills into Dead Sea 5 km north of the Dead Sea hotels.

Watch: Due to rains, Nahal Yaelim flows over

This is how the PA builds on Israeli nature reserves

Jerusalem District Court hears petition against PA construction of illegal school in middle of nature reserve with EU funding.

This is how the PA builds on Israeli nature reserves

Heavy rainfall leads to flooding in Judean Desert, Dead Sea

Recent heavy rainfall causes flooding descending from the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea.

Heavy rainfall leads to flooding in Judean Desert, Dead Sea

Hiker who fell to death in Judean Desert identified

21-year-old Yerachmiel Yeshaya identified as hiker who was killed as a result of a fall during a trip in the Judean Desert.

Hiker who fell to death in Judean Desert identified

Hiker falls to his death in Judean desert

Man falls 100 feet after losing sight of path during a hike through Judean Desert.

Hiker falls to his death in Judean desert

Watch: Flooding at Nahal Tzin blocks road

Following heavy rains, water flows copiously in Judean Desert streams, leading to trail closures and blockage of roads.

Watch: Flooding at Nahal Tzin blocks road

Israel blocks PA from paving illegal road through nature reserve

IDF prevents Palestinian Authority from paving illegal road through nature reserve in the Judean Desert.

Israel blocks PA from paving illegal road through nature reserve

Illegal quarry in Nachal Arugot Nature Reserve in Judean Desert

Area in Area B agreed in Oslo Accords to serve as nature reserve.

Illegal quarry in Nachal Arugot Nature Reserve in Judean Desert

Watch: Flooding in Judean desert

Rains across Israel raise level of Kinneret and cause spectacular floods in the Judean Desert.

Watch: Flooding in Judean desert

Judean Desert: Helicopter locates family that went missing

Police say they have identified family that went hiking in Nahal Darga this morning and with whom contact had been lost.

Judean Desert: Helicopter locates family that went missing

When your child goes to Israel for a gap year

When your child goes to Israel for a gap year

Near-drowning victim in critical condition

Near-drowning victim is a foreign worker, police say background isn't criminal.

Near-drowning victim in critical condition

PM: Flash flood 'a terrible tragedy'

Netanyahu says country is 'praying for better news' after flash flood hits group of teenage hikers in southern Israel.

PM: Flash flood 'a terrible tragedy'

Missing 19-year-old hiker found in Ein Gedi area

Rescue volunteers find 19-year-old hiker who went missing in the Judean Desert. Hiker suffered light injures in fall, but in good condition.

Missing 19-year-old hiker found in Ein Gedi area

Haredi family rescued from stream in Judean Desert

Father and three children from Beitar Illit rescued from Nahal Darga in the northern Judean Desert.

Haredi family rescued from stream in Judean Desert

Father and son rescued from Wadi Og

Rescue teams save father, son, and four other hikers from overflowing stream in Judean Desert.

Father and son rescued from Wadi Og

An ecological disaster in the Judean Desert

Acidic water leaks into Ashalim River and Judean Desert after a Rotem Fertilizers reservoir gets breached.

An ecological disaster in the Judean Desert

Israeli Wildlife

Watch: Wolf chases goat across mountain face in Judean Desert

Footage of young goat fleeing from wolf across mountainous terrain in southern Israel. Will the goat survive, or does the wolf get his meal?

Watch: Wolf chases goat across mountain face in Judean Desert

Found hiker: I thank the Creator of the World

Yeshiva student who was lost until this morning in the Judean Desert thanks the Creator and all those who searched for him.

Found hiker: I thank the Creator of the World

Hiker missing in Judean Desert found

5 yeshiva students hiking in the desert became dehydrated. All were located yesterday except one, found this morning healthy and well.

Hiker missing in Judean Desert found

WATCH: Flooding in Wadi Og

Stormy weather brings gorgeous sights: Gabi Bar-Sheshet records Judean Desert flooding.

WATCH: Flooding in Wadi Og

Greek anarchists arrested in protest of El Al at Athens airport

Anarchist group gathers at Athens airport to protest Israeli security agents guarding El Al flights.

Greek anarchists arrested in protest of El Al at Athens airport

Israel wards off looters of antiquity high above the Dead Sea

Complex operation to excavate the 'Cave of Skulls' in Judean Desert involves one of the world's most unique anti-theft efforts.

Israel wards off looters of antiquity high above the Dead Sea

Watch: National plan to save Dead Sea Scrolls from thieves

Israel Antiquities Authority launches a national plan for comprehensive archaeological excavations in the Judean Desert caves.

Watch: National plan to save Dead Sea Scrolls from thieves

EU sponsors illegal Palestinian road to help PA annex Area C

Road being built between Gush Etzion and Dead Sea on land that is all part of Israeli-controlled Area C.

EU sponsors illegal Palestinian road to help PA annex Area C

Gang Sentenced for Plundering Rare Judean Archaeological Site

Prison terms, 12,000 NIS fine for Arabs who caused irreparable damage to one of the most important sites ever found in Judean Desert.

Gang Sentenced for Plundering Rare Judean Archaeological Site

Watch: Soldiers Retrieve Body of Fallen Hiker

Elite IDF rescuers sadly unable to save 40-year-old man, who fell off a cliff while hiking in the Judean desert.

Watch: Soldiers Retrieve Body of Fallen Hiker

Pesach Hiker Dies after Falling off Cliff in Judean Desert

40-year-old enjoying the Pesach break falls 50 meters to his death at Nahal Og, not far from the Dead Sea.

Pesach Hiker Dies after Falling off Cliff in Judean Desert

Judean Barley Mutation May Help Solve Food Crisis

The discovery of a genetic mutation in wild barley in Judea has led scientists to a new gene that may allow wheat to grow in arid areas

Judean Barley Mutation May Help Solve Food Crisis

Noahide Archaeologist Vendyl Jones Passes Away

Noahide archaeologist Vendyl Jones, who discovered incense powder used in the Second Temple while searching for the Holy Ark, has died at age 80.

Noahide Archaeologist Vendyl Jones Passes Away