Signs of Israel

Here are some signs that I have seen in Israel thus far on the trip I am currently on. First, here is a sign I saw posted in the Church of St. Catherine next to the Church of the Nativity:

Next, one of my favorites, from the church at Gethsemane, ironic because of its two possible meanings (it is supposed to be a request that tour guides do their explanations outside so that the quiet, worshipful atmosphere can be maintained in the church):

And finally, the “Jewish man in a hat crossing” sign I saw near one of the gates to the old city of Jerusalem (another student had previously seen one that had even more detail added, such as the distinctive tassles):

What are some interesting signs that you have seen?

 

 

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  • beau_quilter

    One of my favorite, from the Capuchin Crypt in Rome (a series of chaplets displaying the bones of 3,700 skeletons).’

    “What you are now we used to be; what we are now you will be.”

  • John Orr

    One of my favourites from a trip to Bethlehem. I suspect a heavily pregnant Mary would have been very glad of them.
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    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      Oh my goodness, yes! I didn’t photograph that one be we got off at that underground parking and then went up through the mall when we went there today, and I noticed the sign!

  • David Hillman

    By the Damascus gate in Ramadan

    I took my coffee when the sun went down

    Beside the suq, and found a new rhythm

    In the old city of Jerusalem:

    So it seemed right to find a place of peace

    There in al Quds, now as the pilgrims went

    To the Al Aqsa mosque, and I went up

    Seeking the garden of Gethsemane

    To leave a symbol for your memory

    Where Jesus asked that the too bitter cup

    Should pass from him and where the scent

    Of olives lingers still among the trees.

    And there I found an almost modern church

    With this unvarnished notice in its porch

    No talking and no explanation given,

    And since I sought no explanation I went in

    To greet the silence

    And in the stillness found no words to say

    Nor any deeper thoughts – only the calm

    And then among the herbs and maramia, each shrub and balm

    As if with Jesus’ voice

    Asked if there could not be some kinder way

    To bear his witness.


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