Observations from Jerusalem

4 08 2009

On busy King George St, in the centre of town, stands a wide arch with a prominent clock as its centrepiece. Israelis gather in the shade beneath this arch, waiting for one of the many buses that come by. A little bit of research revealed to me that it is the sole remaining edifice of a Christian girls’ orphanage that was established in the middle of the 19th century and demolished almost thirty years ago. While many Israelis are undoubtedly aware of its provenance, I wonder how many are aware of the provenance of its message?

Talitha Kumi

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4 08 2009
Daniel

Get up, little girl?

4 08 2009
Simon Holloway

Yes, but you should try to make it sound less like a lyric from the early 90s. It is said by Jesus in the Gospel according to Mark, to a deceased girl who subsequently rises. There is something deliciously subversive about that being there and most people not having a clue. Sometimes the things that are the least obvious are the ones that are put right in people’s faces.

5 08 2009
Sean

I had arrived at the same translation, though I must confess that I expected your notion to be less, uh, sanitary, in origin.

Good for you.

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