Meribah's Split Rock

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Hi all!
I send again my post, dating of August 13, 2016. Maybe you didn’t get it:
You make a confusion between two stories. The Split Rock, as you show it, is the rock at Rephidim, in Horeb. It is the first time (Ex 17:1-7) Moses stroke a rock, and water came out of it (and " He called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because the children of Israel quarreled, and because they tested Yahweh, saying, “Is Yahweh among us, or not?”"); This first time has nothing to do with the second time recorded, which is a similar story, and which happened that time at Kadesh, when he said to the people, (Numb 20:6-13) “Hear now, you rebels! Shall we bring water out of this rock for you?”. He did strike the rock as well, and then, " These are the waters of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with Yahweh, and he was sanctified in them."
You will see in the following link that Meribah (at Rephidim, in Horeb) and Massah-Meribah (at Kadesh) are two different places:
Strong’s Hebrew 4809 Meribah

The “enormous five-story high rock, with a thin split down the middle” as you say (not so thin!) is situated northwest of Saudi Arabia, close to Jebel al Lawz (west of). It is the first time Moses stroke a rock, and it is called the “Rock at Horeb” in the Bible. The photos are from Jim and Penny Caldwell, who have been living in Saudi several years, and identified it as such. They call it the Split Rock, which is the name of their foundation.
Link to Split Rock Foundation

Frederic P