PRONUNCIATION: (ji-ROOS-uh-luhm SIN-drohm)

MEANING: noun: A phenomenon in which a visitor to a holy place suffers from religious psychosis, such as believing him- or herself to be a messiah.

ETYMOLOGY: After Jerusalem, Israel, where the phenomenon was first described by the psychiatrist Heinz Herman. Earliest documented use: 1987.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: No one has ever become poor by giving. -Anne Frank, Holocaust diarist (12 Jun 1929-1945)

PERUSALEM SYNDROME - the sense of knowledge, empowerment, and righteousness one gets from sufficiently assiduous study of the Holy Writ