Saturday, 20 December 2008

jerusalem (15) - 10 commandments for visiting the holy land

Brother David: a view from Dominus Flevit.

Here are my ten commandments for visiting the Holy Land.
  1. Don't shave before floating in the Dead Sea.
  2. Don't make eye contact with a trader. If you do he's already made a sale.
  3. Try and meet as many local people as possible (but avoid 2 & 6).
  4. Don't cross your legs in a Syriac Orthodox church. It's very rude.
  5. Be flexible. The situation is very fluid.
  6. Don't pull out a map in the old city of Jerusalem. It is amazing how many 'friends' you suddenly make.
  7. Don't ask for a cheeseburger in a kosher McDonalds.
  8. Respect the sites and traditions of other faiths (see 7 & 9).
  9. Don't try to take a Bible onto Temple Mount.
  10. If 2 happens, haggle.

Dead Sea Beach

U2: With A Shout (Jerusalem) - October

Oh, and where do we go
Where do we go from here
Where to go
To the side of a hill
Blood was spilt
We were still looking
At each other

Oh, we're goin' back there
Jerusalem Jerusalem

Shout, shout
With a shout, shout it out
Shout...shout it out...

I wanna go
To the foot of the Messiah
To the foot of he who made me see
To the side of a hill
Where we were still
We were filled
With our love

We're gonna be there again
Jerusalem Jerusalem

Shout, shout
With a shout
With a shout

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