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  The Jerusalem Syndrome
Those with the Jerusalem Syndrome are literally intoxicated by the Holy City.
The Jerusalem Syndrome was first clinically identified by Dr. Yair Bar El, formerly director of the Kfar Shaul Psychiatric Hospital and now district psychiatrist for the Ministry of Health.
Dr. Bar El notes that the Jerusalem Syndrome is similar to the "Florence Syndrome," identified by Italian psychiatrists, who long ago noticed a tendency among tourists and visitors to that city to act in a bizarre and irrational fashion.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/History/jersynd.html   (1838 words)

 Jerusalem Syndrome - definition - Zionism and Israel -Encyclopedia / Dictionary/Lexicon of Zionism/Israel/
The "syndrome" may have various manifestations, including delusions of being the Messiah, and most dangerously, patients are convinced that God has commanded them to destroy the mosques on the Temple Mount or perform some other violent act that will bring about the end of days, the coming of the Messiah or World War III.
The syndrome was first diagnosed in the 1930s by Heinz Herman, and describes a large variety of extreme and excited behaviors and anxiety states exhibited by some visitors to Jerusalem.
Cases of the syndrome were observed in the Middle ages, and described in the itinerary of Felix Fabri and the biography of Margery Kempe, as well as by 19th century visitors.
www.zionism-israel.com /dic/Jerusalem_Syndrome.htm   (1075 words)

 Millennium Celebrations Don't Ignite Jerusalem Syndrome
The syndrome, described as a type of ecstasy that overcomes the visitor to the city, is reviewed in a report in the January 2000 issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry.
A second subtype of Jerusalem syndrome is found among individuals belonging to a group that may have apocalyptic teachings.
Jerusalem syndrome is a temporary psychosis described as a type of ecstasy that overcomes visitors to the city.
www.webmd.com /content/article/20/1728_53929.htm   (818 words)

 Jerusalem syndrome - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Jerusalem syndrome is the name given to a group of mental phenomena involving the presence of either religiously themed obsessive ideas, delusions or other psychosis-like experiences, that are triggered by, or lead to, a visit to the city of Jerusalem.
It is known that cases of the syndrome had already been observed during the Middle Ages, since it was described in the itinerary of Felix Fabri and the biography of Margery Kempe.
Tourist guides aware of the Jerusalem syndrome and of the significance of such declarations may at this point refer the tourist to an institution for psychiatric evaluation in an attempt to preempt the subsequent stages of the syndrome.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jerusalem_syndrome   (1424 words)

 Jerusalem Syndrome
He may be completely sane in Greece, he develops Jerusalem Syndrome in Israel, it passes in five days, and then he continues on with the group to Egypt.
They usually did days of purification between Jerusalem and the Galilee before ending up at the Jordan River to baptize Jesus or the first Christians, and part of the trek was through Palestinian territory.
Jerusalem Syndrome is posing an unexpected economic problem for Israel.
savvytraveler.publicradio.org /show/features/2000/20000603/jerusalem.shtml   (1331 words)

 Jerusalem - definition - Zionism and Israel -Encyclopedia / Dictionary/Lexicon of Zionism/Israel/
Jerusalem was the capital of ancient Judea, the object of Jewish national and religious feeling throughout history, and the site of a venerable Jewish community that was ethnically cleansed by the Jordan Legion in 1948.
Jerusalem repeatedly became the focal point for Muslim rumors that the Jews were plotting to destroy the Al-Aqsa mosque or violate its sanctity.
Jerusalem seems to attract or inspire other psychotics and disturbed people like Denis Rohan, who believe they will bring about the coming of the messiah or the end of the world by creating a disturbance or harming the mosques, or commit other demonstrative or threatening act.
www.zionism-israel.com /dic/Jerusalem.htm   (1753 words)

 Amazon.ca: 2000 Jerusalem Mini: Books: Guide Rough   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
An upsurge in the number of cases of Jerusalem Syndrome is expected for the millennium, and the city's psychiatric health facilities are bracing themselves to deal with it.
Jerusalem can be pretty hot in summer, but not as hot as you might expect, while in winter it can be downright cold and often sees snow.
Jerusalem is sufficiently mild that the climate is not really a problem at any time of year, and visitors in any season would be well advised to carry at least a light sweater with them.
www.amazon.ca /2000-Jerusalem-Mini-Guide-Rough/dp/1858285798   (1508 words)

 X-Project: The Jerusalem Syndrome
Those who are affected by the Jerusalem Syndrome begin vigorously bathing to purify themselves, dress in robes or sheets, and begin preaching in the streets believing they are Moses, John the Baptist, or Jesus Christ, among others, who were sent on a "divine mission".
The Jerusalem Syndrome is usually benign; however, those affected by it have been known to cause trouble.
Although the Jerusalem Syndrome affects many that have a history of psychiatric problems, many who experience the same delusions are sane, healthy and successful businessmen, teachers, and professionals.
www.xprojectmagazine.com /archives/paranormal/jerusalemsyndrome.html   (451 words)

Sometimes Jerusalem Syndrome spawns from high religious hopes and expectations, such as the anticipated return of Christ or the Messiah.
Jerusalem Syndrome can be a very exciting phenomenon to explore in terms of gathering valuable ancient knowledge IF the doctors can seriously interview the entities being channeled.
I feel to dismiss Jerusalem Syndrome as only a mere psychological sickness is devastating for everyone, almost a denial and disservice of what is going on and how it manifests.
www.vibrani.com /jsyndrome.htm   (793 words)

 BBC News | MIDDLE EAST | Holy Land overwhelmed with 'Messiahs'
The syndrome affects around one per cent of visitors - and with four million expected to arrive in Jerusalem over the millennium, 40,000 could be affected.
The syndrome was identified in 1982 by the director of Jerusalem's municipal psychiatric hospital, Dr Yair Bar-El.
Jerusalem is a target city, because of the effect its powerful imagery has on the minds of seriously religious people.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/middle_east/577180.stm   (636 words)

 The Fall of Jerusalem in 70 A. D.
Mathew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
The terrible loss of life and all the associated suffering which took place in Jerusalem on the 9th of Av, 586 B.C. were followed by a gradual restoration that culminated in the rebuilding of Jerusalem.
Jerusalem was called by its Roman name for about 200 years until a version of Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire in the fourth century.
focusonjerusalem.com /thefallofjerusalem.html   (4254 words)

 VIA Online: Next Year in Jerusalem
We learned later that the mad prophet and the American "David" were part of what is called "The Jerusalem Syndrome." In the face of Jerusalem’s antiquity and freewheeling holiness, some people lose a grip on their senses, get into costume, and cross over into fantasy.
Jerusalem was so overwhelming, so crowded with places vying for our hearts, we felt that every pilgrim should discover one place to return to daily, whether it be a stone in the shadows of the Western Wall; the Al-Kas, the fountain in front of Al-Aqsa Mosque; or some small chapel with a large story.
As for what Jerusalem wrote on our hearts, Jim says he can’t quite decipher his message yet, but knows it was written in fire.
www.viamagazine.com /top_stories/articles/jerusalem99.asp   (1969 words)

 mysteries magazine issue 10 article
The syndrome was first described in the 1930s by Jerusalem psychiatrist Dr. Heinz Herman, one of the founders of modern psychiatric research in Israel, who noted in some of his patients an unusual and often temporary mental state of sudden and intense religious delusions after visiting or living in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem Syndrome usually affects only Christians or Jews, and interestingly, seems to favor Protestants, who account for 97 percent of all cases.
But Jerusalem is not alone when it comes to places that can spontaneously initiate symptoms of the syndrome in some people.
www.mysteriesmagazine.com /articles/issue10.html   (1008 words)

 Scotsman.com News - Scotland - A biblical experience
A BIZARRE mental syndrome that has seen scores of visitors to Jerusalem become convinced they are characters from the Bible is the subject of a major new exhibition in Scotland.
Artist Nathan Coley has turned his attention to Jerusalem syndrome, a travel psychosis affecting people hypnotised by the Holy City who start to preach and behave as biblical characters, from King David to John the Baptist, the Virgin Mary and Jesus himself.
Author Robert Stone used it as a theme in his thriller Damascus Gate, there was a 1998 film The Jerusalem Syndrome, and it became the subject of a German dance performance exploring the "psychological and physical" extremes.
news.scotsman.com /scotland.cfm?id=26092005   (806 words)

 Society of Biblical Literature
A common feature of these artifacts is their reference to Jerusalem through attributions to major biblical landmarks or personalities such as the Jerusalem Temple, Judahite kings and other biblical officials, or Jesus Christ.
Moreover, the epigraphers Israel Eph'al of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Frank Moore Cross of Harvard University suggested, on the basis of its text and style, that the inscription is a modern forgery.
But for those of us who care about the future and integrity of biblical archaeology and history, the Jerusalem syndrome in archaeology is a question of life and death — either we fight against it or we lose any trace of scientific dignity.
www.sbl-site.org /Article.aspx?ArticleId=374   (4639 words)

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Be it mountain air, mental disorders or messages from God -- something is convincing hundreds of visitors to Jerusalem they are Jesus, John the Baptist or King David reborn.
Yair Bar-El, who has treated 470 tourists with the syndrome, thinks would-be prophets are a growth industry with the approach of the year 2000.
Another woman, a New York City teacher, abandoned her tour group only to be discovered chanting spirituals in a toga as she headed toward the Via Dolorosa, the route Jesus trod with the cross to his crucifixion.
www.mosquitonet.com /~prewett/jerusalemsyndrome.html   (601 words)

 OFFOFFOFF theater review JERUSALEM SYNDROME play by Marc Maron with Marc Maron
And Marc Maron begat "Jerusalem Syndrome," a one-man show that puts a camcorder in the hands of a clumsy American tourist with a standup comic's instincts and asks him to find the meaning of life.
The real "Jerusalem syndrome" refers to a psychological complex that besets visitors to the holy land and makes them think they've suddenly been given special wisdom or a direct connection to God, and perhaps Marc Maron is one of these windfall prophets.
But while biblical prophets unleashed warnings of doom and were generally thrown to the lions or flung into a cave for their trouble, Maron has unleashed a hilarious one-man show and has merely been cast out onto local stages to perform it for you.
www.offoffoff.com /theater/nov99/jerusalem.php3   (588 words)

 No sects, please : Religion News Blog   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In October 1999, Jerusalem police detained 21 members of the House of Prayer, an apocalyptic sect led by Brother David, a self-styled prophet from Syracuse, New York.
People afflicted by the so-called Jerusalem Syndrome suddenly imagine themselves to be biblical figures or feel compelled to start preaching on the streets of the city.
While some sufferers arrive in Jerusalem with psychiatric conditions that are heightened (or triggered) by the city’s spiritual atmosphere, others have no history of mental problems, but are overcome by the urge to preach in public dressed in white robes - often bed sheets from their hotel.
www.religionnewsblog.com /7363/no-sects-please   (1637 words)

 -- Beliefnet.com
Yet in the end, it was Jerusalem over which the Israel-Palestinian peace talks broke apart following more than two weeks of searching for a formula both sides could agree to--and sell to their respective constituencies.
Jerusalem exists on at least two levels--the present and the past--that Yasser Arafat, Ehud Barak, and Bill Clinton were unable to decouple and overcome.
Even as its landscape becomes increasingly dominated by modern skyscrapers, Jerusalem's soul remains its stone churches, mosques, and synagogues--ethnic and religious touchstones that say, this shrine, this territory, is ours--no matter what others may say.
www.beliefnet.com /story/34/story_3441_1.html   (563 words)

 Books: Jerusalem Syndrome (The Boston Phoenix . 05-18-98)
One is a book on the Jerusalem Syndrome, the psychological malady in which victims become convinced they are on a holy mission.
But this is Jerusalem, Melker is slightly crazy himself, and the millennium is coming.
Jerusalem, the millennium, the claustrophobic world of the ultrareligious Jewish haredim (literally, "the fearful ones") -- a novelist's dream.
weeklywire.com /ww/05-18-98/boston_books_2.html   (1871 words)

 OFFOFFOFF theater review TRANSFIGURES play about Jerusalem Syndrome by Lear deBessonet and the ensemble Stillpoint ...
And you just might find yourself in the custody of a witty Jerusalem PD detective and then being evaluated by a psychiatric doctor, who, try as he may to truly understand, he can never himself achieve that "oceanic" feeling of being swept up in the rapture of the holy.
There is no attempt to pass judgment on the sufferers of this syndrome or to declare or prove in any way the true existence of God through their experience.
Great artists understand that there are two sides to every coin and deBessonet gleefully presents her coin flipping in fast and slow motion gleaming with the glow of the unknown and the unknowable, rising in action, falling in conclusion, yet never ceasing its spin nor the mischievous twinkle as each side catches the light.
www.offoffoff.com /theater/2003/transfigures.php   (1271 words)

 The Jerusalem Syndrome in Archaeology: Jehoash to James by Yuval Goren
The Jerusalem Syndrome is a clinical psychiatric diagnosis first identified in the 1930s by Dr. Heinz Herman, one of the founders of modern psychiatric research in Israel.
The Jerusalem Syndrome is a temporary state of sudden and intense religious delusions brought on while visiting or living in Jerusalem.
The most interesting feature, considering the extreme behaviors associated with the Jerusalem Syndrome, is that the subjects sometimes have no prior history of psychiatric difficulty and exhibit none afterward.
www.bibleinterp.com /articles/Goren_Jerusalem_Syndrome.htm   (1251 words)

 European Association for Jewish Culture
This state of affairs was mirrored in 'The Jerusalem Syndrome', and the nation's response was to break the mirror.
But only 'The Jerusalem Syndrome' got the fanatics and Rightists clamoring for their pound of flesh, and Sobol plus the theatre became fair game for all.
As for the politics of representation - 'The Jerusalem Syndrome' at the 40th anniversary was hardly a 'politic' choice.
www.jewishcultureineurope.org /theatre_papers_session_4_syndrome.htm   (2629 words)

 new exhibition examines bizarre bible syndrome - news from ekklesia about jerusalem syndrome
A bizarre mental syndrome that has seen scores of visitors to Jerusalem become convinced they are characters from the Bible is the subject of a new art exhibition, reports the Scotsman.
The subject of the new exhibition by artist Nathan Coley is Jerusalem Syndrome, a psychosis affecting people obsessed by the city who start to preach and behave as biblical characters, from King David to John the Baptist, the Virgin Mary and Jesus himself.
Dr Moshe Kalian, the district psychiatrist of Jerusalem, who has diagnosed many cases of Jerusalem Syndrome, told the Scotsman: "In our opinion, Jerusalem is a kind of magnet for certain people who develop their ideas before they come and act out their behaviour once they are here."
www.ekklesia.co.uk /content/news_syndication/article_050110synd.shtml   (631 words)

 jerusalem syndrome   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
To simply say that Jerusalem Syndrome is "funny" doesn't relaly do it justice, though I did laugh for almost the entirety of the performance.
Starting off his piece with a bit of improv ("excuse me ma'am, but are you going to be fanning yourself the entire show, not like it's distracting or anything..." he directed at a woman in the first row of this fourth floor theatre nee apartment in Midtown Manhattan) brought the audience into his world.
According to Maron, while most one-man shows tend to be self-indulgent to the point where midway through the performer is talking about cancer and his drinking problem and the audience is crying along with him, Jerusalem Syndrome takes self-indulgence to a whole new level.
www.pith.org /shows/jerusalem.html   (253 words)

 2000 May Fuel Jerusalem Syndrome   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Jerusalem -- Jerusalem Syndrome strikes with little warning: After a few days in the holy city, seemingly normal pilgrims imagine they are biblical figures, sing psalms at the top of their lungs, preach to passers-by or dress up in hotel bedsheets.
Jerusalem clergymen and officials came together Monday to discuss ways to spot and deal with the mental illness, which one psychiatrist says may strike as many as one in 100 pilgrims and disrupt Jesus' 2000th birthday celebrations.
The Jerusalem mental health commissioner, Dr. Yair Barel, who first diagnosed Jerusalem Syndrome, predicted about 40,000 millennium pilgrims might suffer from religious delusions.
www.rickross.com /reference/millennium/millennium21.html   (510 words)

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