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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Jerusalem

Jerusalem is Al-Quds in Arabic. For the Arabs, it is a sacred land. It is a holy land. Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven from Al-Quds and was given by God the commandment that every Muslim must pray five times daily. The United States has maintained its embassy outside Al-Quds out of respect to the Muslim religion and to the Arab countries. This might change during the current administration. Of course, the Israelis have a say into this too. They probably do not want to "rock the boat". This can be complicated for many reasons. First, the Iranians have troops in Syria (north of Israel) fighting along side the Syrian government. Second, the Lebanese "The Party of God" is backed by both Iran and Syria and they have fought Israel in the past. Third, to the Palestinians, Al-Quds is considered their Capital, at least in their minds and hearts for now. Forth, this would antagonize the American allies in the region (Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf countries). Fifth, the presence of the Russian troops in Syria adds a level of complication that is not needed now between the two superpowers. Sixth, all peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel would seize immediately. Simply stated, this is number one priority, and everything else depends on it. Seventh, the civil war in Syria might spread south to Israel as the rebels and the Syrian government share the same belief toward Al-Quds. Eighth, the terrorists in the region also share the same belief as the "good guys". Ninth, Al-Quds is perhaps the only thing that unites the World with the Arab world. The Europeans would not appreciate it if it happens. Tenth, this would place pressure on Jordan and Egypt to reconsider their peace pacts with Israel. And, just this last one is by itself a huge disaster. 

Great-Grandparents

My grandparents on my father side are Antoine and Jaleeleh. My grandparents on my mother side are Saleem and Hikouwi. My great-grandparents on my mother side are Lian and Roujina (on her father side). My mom's grandparents on her mom's side were Armenians who lived in Turkey. They were mascaraed by the Islamist riots in Turkey that occurred earlier during the 20th Century. They murdered them and took their land from them. My grandmother, Hikouwi, was a little girl that fled to Syria with relatives/neighbors and made Damascus her home. (The Christian Armenians massacre killed over one million of them by the Muslim Turks, among them my great grandparents.) My grandmother got married to grandpa at age 14, and lived with him until he passed way. They loved each other to the end. My mom told me that Roujina was a great cook. My grandfather, Saleem, was a baker. He made the best Syrian cookies ever, like Mamool with pistachios. He was the original inventor what is called now Marshmallow spread (his full name is Saleem Nassif Tadrous). He also invented the Mamool, the Karabeej (filled with almond and eaten with Marshmallow spread.)  My grandmother Hikouwi was fluent in Armenian, Turkish, Arabic, and spoke some French. My grandfather, Antoine, was a train conductor. He was from Lebanon and immigrated to Syria. My mom (Rene) had three sisters (Mary, Isabel, and Roujine). My dad had two sisters (Alice and Souad) and three brothers (George, Fouad, and Milad). Fouad and Milad were twin. Mary had seven children (Nabil, Kamil, and Tony, the boys) and (Meray, Marlene, Samia, and Roueda, the girls). Samia is a physician practicing internal medicine in Pennsylvania. Samia is one year younger than I am. She is married with kids. Kamil died a few years ago, but never married. The girls never got married. Nabil got married and had two girls. Fouad had two girls and Milad had four boys (Fadi, Johnny, Hanny, and Naji). All boys have been married with several kids. Fouad's two girls are also married with kids. Alice had George, Terese, Joseph, Najat, and Antoun (Tony). Souad had two boys (I think). Souad was married to an Egyptian man Sami Hakim. She lived with Sami in Cairo, Egypt. One of her boys married one of Fouad's daughters. I think they live now in the Gulf area. George, my dad's brother, had one girl (her picture is on BMP blog somewhere) and two boys (Zafer and Maher). Zafer has an MBA from the MIT (Cambridge, MA). George also is a very successful finance/banking person in his own right in Lebanon (his picture is also in BMP blog somewhere.) Hanny, Milad's son, is a very successful restaurant owner and film producer. Johnny (his picture is somewhere on BMP blog) is also a successful businessman. Their oldest brother, Fadi, is an IT guy. Antoun (Tony), the youngest among Alice's children, is a pharmacist. He has two girls, one is a physician and the other is a pharmacist. George, the eldest of Alice's children, has a doctorate degree in economic from the Sorbonne (France). He became the Minister of Planning during President Hafez Al-Assad administration. Terese, Alice's daughter, was married to Elie Stanum. Elie was my math teacher in high school. My aunts, Isabel and Roujine, never got married. This has been a very quick description of my family. More information is found in BMP blog among the 3334 blog posts.

This is Blog Post 3333

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Hozan Alin - Peshmerga Song 2014

Rulers

The United States has had 45 presidents up until now. I am not bragging, but Syria had one of its rulers King David himself. The US has a long way to catch up! 😊

Cancer

Cancer is not a single disease. It depends on the location, type of tissues affected, age of patients, general conditions of the patient, stage of the cancer, the rate by which the cancer grows (slow or fast), type of the cancerous cells (small cells, large cells, keratenized, non-keratenized, hormone-sensitivity, etc.), gender, etc. As a general rule, the earliest it is caught and treated the better the prognosis. Treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. In special cases, surgery on its own may be sufficient. The newer agents are much more powerful as they target specifically the cancer cells and not the normal ones.

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Bible Dates (The Orthodox Study Bible)

Genesis (Moses) (During Israel's forty years of wandering in the wilderness-the period between crossing the Red Sea and the entrance into Canaan)

Exodus (Moses) (During Israel's forty years of wandering in the wilderness-the period between crossing the Red Sea and the entrance into Canaan)

Leviticus (Moses) (The period during the sojourn at Mt. Sinai)

Numbers (Moses) (Following the exodus from Egypt)

Deuteronomy (Moses) (Near the end of Moses' life and before the entrance into Canaan)

Joshua (Joshua) (600 BC)

The Book of Judges (Samuel) (Three centuries after Israel entered Canaan and covers the period of these centuries)

Ruth (Unknown) (1300 BC)

The First Book of the Kingdoms (Samuel) (1070-970 BC)

The Second Book of the Kingdoms (Samuel) (971-890 BC)

The Third Book of the Kingdoms (Jeremiah) (600-550 BC)

The Fourth Book of the Kingdoms (Jeremiah and Others) (651-609)

The First Book of the Chronicles (Ezra) (450 BC)

The Second Book of the Chronicles (Ezra) ( 450 BC)

The First Book of Ezra (Uncertain) (150 BC)

The Second Book of Ezra (Ezra) (538-410 BC)

The Book of Nehemiah (Nehemiah) (445-425 BC)

The Book of Tobit (Unknown) (400-200 BC)

The Book of Judith (Unknown) (135-105 BC)

The Book of Esther (Mordecai) (450 BC)

The First Book of the Maccabees (Unknown) (104 BC)

The Second Book of the Maccabees (Unknown) (124 BC)

The Book of Psalms (David) (1000-several centuries thereafter)

The Book of Job (Unknown) (1600 BC)

The Proverbs (Solomon) (970-931 BC)

The Book of Ecclesiastes (Solomon) (935 BC)

The Song of Songs (Solomon) (965-960 BC)

The Wisdom of Solomon (Unknown) (30-10 BC)

The Wisdom of Sirach (Jesus of Sirach) (180 BC)

The Book of Hosea (Hosea) (750 BC)

The Book of Amos (Amos) (754 BC)

The Book of Micah (Micah) (Before 720 BC)

The Book of Joel (Joel) (740 BC)

The Book of Obadiah (Obadiah) (587 BC)

The Book of Jonah (Jonah) (784-772 BC)

The Book of Nahum (Nahum) (663-612 BC)

The Book of Habakkuk (Habakkuk) (605 BC)

The Book of Zephaniah (Zephaniah) (627-625 BC)

The Book of Haggai (520 BC)

The Book of Zachariah (Zechariah) (520-480 BC)

The Book of Malachi (Malachi) (500-350 BC)

The Book of Isaiah (Isaiah) (745-680 BC)

The Book of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (627-582 BC)

The Book of Baruch (Baruch) (After 586 BC)

The Lamentation of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (October 587-December 587 BC)

The Epistle of Jeremiah (Jeremiah) (597 BC-Exile to Babylon)

The Book of Ezekiel (Ezekiel) (595-572 BC)

The Book of Daniel (Daniel) (605-530 BC)

The Book of Matthew (Matthew) (50-70 AD)

The Book of Mark (Mark) (70 AD)

The Book of Luke (Luke) (70-80 AD)

The Book of John (John) (96 AD)

The Book of Acts (Luke) (75-85 AD)

The Book of Romans (St. Paul) (55-57 AD)

The First Book of the Corinthians (St. Paul) (55 AD)

The Second Book of the Corinthians (St. Paul) (55 AD)

The Book of Galatians (St. Paul) (Uncertain)

The Book of Ephesians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The Book of Philippians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The Book of Colossians (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The First Book of Thessalonians (St. Paul) (50-51 AD)

The Second Book of Thessalonians (St. Paul) (51 AD)

The First Book of Timothy (St. Paul) (64-65 AD)

The Second Book of Timothy (St. Paul) (65-67 AD)

The Book of Titus (St. Paul) (63-65 AD)

The Book of Philemon (St. Paul) (61-63 AD)

The Book of Hebrews (St. Paul) (70 AD)

The Book of James (James) (55-60 AD)

The First Book of Peter (Peter) (50-67 AD)

The Second Book of Peter (Peter) (63-67 AD)

The First Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)

The Second Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)

The Third Book of John (John) (90-95 AD)

The Book of Jude (Jude) (60-80 AD)

The Book of the Revelation (John) (81-96 AD)

Dates

March 31, 2014 (Pass)-59.5
September 30, 2017 (Pass)-62
March 31, 2019-63.5
September 30, 2020-65
May 31, 2021-65.67
November 30, 2021-66.17*
May 31, 2022-66.67
December 31, 2022-67.25
May 31, 2023-67.67
December 31, 2023-68.25
May 31, 2024-68.67
December 31, 2024-69.25
May 31, 2025-69.67
September 30, 2025-70
December 31, 2025-70.25
May 31, 2026-70.67


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