Mother, why are you overwhelmed by tears? Don't mourn! It is proper for Jews to show courage in adverse things.
It was better for you to die with your father nine years ago. Why then didn't I die? Why did I save you?
How did my father die? Why did you not tell me the story earlier? Please explain everything... Mother?
We the Jews were forced to fight against the Romans for three years. On the fourth year the devil, Titus, attacked the city of Jerusalem. The temple itself was consumed by flames. Everywhere men, women, and children were being killed. In that disaster many thousands of Jewish died.
But we, although surrounded by hostile soldiers, fled with around a thousand survivors. With the leader Eleazarus we proceeded to the rocks of Masada, which we occupied. You at this time were scarcely 5 years old.
The rock Masada is tall and steep and near the black sea. There, having been defended by strong fortifications, we resisted the Romans for a long time. Then the soldiers by the order of Silva, built up a huge mass right to the top of the cliff. They destroyed the fortifications with a huge fire. When the night approached, Silva lead the soldiers to the camp so that they could expect victory the next day.