Volume II Issue 4 February 26, 1996
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A Weekly Online Newsletter Serving the Assyrian Communities Around the World
THE L I G H T H O U S E
ASSYRIAN PRIDE IN THE AGE OF THE INTERNET
As I was surfing the net I was amazed
with the amount
of information made available through the commitment
and dedication of our Assyrian, Babylonian, Chaldean,
(and whatever else we call ourselves these days)
brothers & sisters on the net. It is clear, that we
truly love our nation, culture and people. It could
only be summed up in two words "Assyrian Pride" (In
this article I will use Assyria and Assyrian as the
collective representative of our nation). This pride
has transcended itself beyond the boundaries of
countries and continents with the magic of the
internet and the medium that internet encompasses.
From Zenda's E-mail based newspaper to our Assyrian
servers in Sweden, to BBS services in Turlock, to a
site in Turkey, etc.
But what is most important is the
audience of our
newly formed "virtual community/nation". No pond
is intended in the word virtual; it is a living,
breathing medium, with true-blooded Assyrians sitting
behind their terminals, who at the end of the day go
home and eat Dolma and Kipte!! Humor aside, lets see
what it can mean to have a virtual community/nation.
For the first time in thousands of years we can
communicate with our fellow Assyrians at a global
level. For an individual, this is a dream come true;
it does not matter, at this junction in time, if I
have a homeland. I can be united with my countrymen/
women on a global scale until a day we are reunited
in a physical dimension (i.e. homeland).
The fact that we are spread throughout
the world is
immaterial, because, WE ARE LINKED. We are not only
linked, but the cream of the crop of our people is
linked. The educated, young, visionaries, thinkers,
and all who care!! A networked BRAIN POWER of trained
individuals is what our nation needs today. The
benevolence that is exemplified on the Net is the
testimony of our elite's readiness to be proactive with
a strong sense of nationalism. We have fellow Assyrians
in any field imaginable: physicians, lawyers, engineers,
programmers, bankers, factory owners, scholars,
professors, students, nurses, writers, artists, ...
this pool of talent is unique to a living nation. It
must to be acknowledged, commended and united.
Certainly I am not the only one
with such a vision.
Our active fellow countrymen(women) on the Internet
have already started this process. The seed is planted
on our behalf. We have to acknowledge it and use it.
Not having a cohesive infrastructure has historically
been our biggest weakness and the reason for it has been
disbursement of the population, political suppression,
and of course lack of communication. Internet solves
it all!! Any society that thrives, depends on its
people to communicate common visions, line up behind
those visions and execute them to perfection.
To establish an infrastructure this
Brain Powers must
be identified. A database of all the residents of our
"virtual community" should be created. This
population of our global society must in turn become
the voice of our nation. Let me share with you an
example of a small but vital project that could be
accomplished with the information obtained with this
database. If each member donates one book related to
the Assyrians we can establish the first and perhaps
the largest collection of such books and documents ever
assembled in one place. A group of us could act as the
"virtual librarians" in this project and help deliver
these books and periodicals from one user to another.
This and many similar projects would be a part of our
"national awareness" campaign to inform this elite
membership of our nation's history, culture, language, etc.
As a small but first step we need
to know each other.
This will help us communicate with each other better,
and share our views easier. And if enough people believe
in these views they will get executed. The fundamentals
of a democratic Assyrian society, with its brain power as
its guiding light into 21 century, are being put in place.
We have been around for almost 7000 years, and we can and
will be around for another 7000!!!
A small but proud Assyrian voice
G O O D M O R N I N G B E T - N A H R A I N
ASSYRIAN CHILDREN FROM B-N TO BE
TREATED IN U.S. HOSPITALS
(ZN: San Francisco) With the assistance
of the Texas
Children's Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, the
Taylor Family Foundation of Lafayette, California,
and the Community Presbyterian Church in Danville,
California, the Assyrian Aid Society of America is
preparing to bring Bernadit Jalal (7) and Yokhana Nano
(6) from northern Bet-Nahrain. Both Assyrian children
are in need of corrective heart and chest surgery,
respectively. Tax deductible contributions can be
submitted to: The AAS of America
44 Sutter St., Ste 1534
San Francisco, CA 94104
A HEBREW-ASSYRIAN DICTIONARY
PUBLISHED IN ISRAEL
(SC: Chicago) A 2-Volume Hebrew-Assyrian Dictionary
is published in Israel, under the title: Avri-Arami-
Ashuri b'Lahag Yehudey-Zakhu. The author Vardah
Shiloh's dictionary for the Assyrian-Jewish speakers
from the Zakho district of northern Bet-Nahrain is
written for the benefit of the 250,000 Assyrian-Jews
currently living in Israel. In Israel, they are
referred to as the Kurdish-Jews. The 963-page
dictionary costs 228 Sheqels ($80) and begins with
a preface by Professor Gideon Goldenberg of the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, a prominent
scholar of the Neo-Assyrian (Neo-Aramaic) dialects.
Among the prominent members of this small community
of the Assyrian speakers in Israel is the Likkud-
backed General Yitzhak Mordekhai who may be
appointed as the next Israeli Defense Minister.
S U R F S U P !
"Dear brothers: You wrote: feb 24, 1918: Rev. Yousip
DeKalaita, an Assyrian scholar and a school principle
dies at age 82. Rev. DeKalaita died 1952. Please
check the date again. thanks"
[We stand corrected. Rev. De Kalaita
passed away on
February 25, 1952. Also, at ZENDA it's always "Dear
brothers AND sisters."
"I enjoyed reading your electronic
"Thank you for mailing me the Zenda each week, for
an Assyrian as me it`s really interesting reading.
I have just one request and that is if you would like
to add my URL ... to your list. That would make me
really happy. Thank`s again."
[Your URL is listed under ASSYRIAN
(New Sites). Please inform our readers about your
"local union's" activities and planned meetings.
That would make us all really happy.]
"I think Sandra [Vol II, #3] is
right because I
think that everything in life, (weddings, engagements,
graduations, promotions, etc.) beside the politics
is part of our culture."
[We couldn't agree more.]
"...your wonderful work on the ZENDA
I'm proud of it...I'm now System Operator for e.BABYLON
BBS in Turlock. I would like to have your Permission
to Post some News from Zenda to our e.BABYLON BBS in
Turlock. This well help to have more readers Zenda
magazine. By the way, please correct ( in the meeting
field for Assyrian Educational & Cultural Club at Modesto
Junior College) the meeting is on ( Fridays at 1:00
pm in Founders Hall 108). Thank you for everything and
God bless you ( Ka daha shoula shapera)."
[Our goal is to become the official
Assyrian News Agency
serving every Assyrian community around the world.
Hence, your posting of our News section will be greatly
appreciated. Any section of ZENDA may be read or written
with proper references."
N E W S D I G E S T
SADDAM KILLS SONS-IN-LAW & FAMILY
(AP: Morocco) Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein
personally interrogated and killed his two sons-in-law,
according to a report published in Sharq al-Awsat after
forcing them to divorce from his two daughters. The two
men, Hussein Kamel al-Majid and his brother Saddam Kamel
al-Majid returned to Iraq with their families Tuesday
from Amman, Jordan, where they had fled last August.
Gen. Hussein Kamel al-Majid, the former head of Iraq's
secret arms programs, said at the time he intended to
overthrow Hussein, but his efforts to become leader of
an exiled Iraqi opposition failed. The report in the
Arabic-language newspaper said the assassination was
later covered up as a family feud to hide the fact that
Hussein had committed the murders himself. The two were
among nine people shot dead when clan members stormed
their home Friday, according to Iraqi media.
ASSYRIAN CREDIT CARD, DON'T
LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT
(SC: Chicago) Card Babylon
is the new credit card
issued through MasterCard with an introductory
interest rate of 7.9 percent. 30 percent of the
net proceeds will be used in assisting the Assyrian
needy, churches, and student scholarships. For more
information contact David Youkhana at 312-338-9100.
D I R E C T O R Y OF THE N E W S S O U R C E S
AA (AAA of San Jose Newsletter)
AP (Associate Press)
AS (Assyrian Server in Sweden)
BN (Bet-Nahrain Journal)
EB (e.Babylon BBS): 1-209-668-1827
JS (Journal of the Assyrian Academic Society)
P.O. Box 4102 Des Plaines, Illinois 60016-4102
NQ (Nebu Quarterly)
P.O. Box 59422, Chicago Illinois 60659
NM (Nineveh Magazine)
NN (Nineveh Newspaper)
TN (Turkish News Agency)
WS (The Wall Street Journal)
ZN (Zenda Reporters): email@example.com
C A L E N D A R OF E V E N T S
March 1 The AAA of San Jose
BETA; 20000 Almaden Rd
Writing the Modern Assyrian Language:
Americans and Assyrians Work Together
Helen Vandenberg, Ph.D.
7:00 P.M., Holiday Inn (Skokie)
5300 W. Touhy, Skokie, Illinois
"How a Babylonian Schoolboy learned
Public Lecture Series
University of Toronto
Sawa Khamis Qardakha of Arbela:
His Poetry on Religion, Romance, Wine,
Wisdom and Other Topics
Oraham Yalda Oraham
5:00 P.M., Edens Banquets
6313 N. Pulaski, Chicago, Illinois
Assyrian State Convention of California
San Jose, CA
Memorial Weekend Games
2nd Assyrian Community Networking Conference
San Jose, CA
Nineveh Choral Concert
Conducted by Maestro Nebu Issabey
San Jose, California
Santa Teresa High School Auditorium
The ARAM Conference
Cambridge, Massachusetts U.S.
Aug 29-Sept 2 AANF National
Red Lion Inn Hotel
Assyrian American Association of Chicago
1618 W. Devon Ave
Entertainers: Ramsin Shino & Oleen Rehana
Donation $15.00 (includes Dinner)
Contact Yousif Gabriel:
A Fundraising Party for Rep. Anna Eshoo
Church of the East
San Jose, CA
Fridays Assyrian Educational & Cultural Club at
Modesto Junior College
Founders Hall 108
Mondays Assyrian Language Classes
BETA: AAA of San Jose
Assyrian Discussion Group
BETA: AAA of San Jose
Nineveh Choir: Maestro Nebu Issabey
BETA: AAA of San Jose
Tuesdays Boys Soccer Practice
South Valley Christian School
Corner of Blossom and Shawnee
San Jose, California
Campbell Community Center
Camden & Union
A S S Y R I A N S U R F I N G P O S T S
NEW WEB SITE(S)
Assyrian Local Union in Norrkoping,
Middle Eastern Cuisine (includes
Assyrian Collection of the Metropolitan
Assyrian Server (in Sweden)
Assyrian Woman Home Page
Assyrian Youth Association of Sweden
Church of the East Page
Corpus Neo Assyrian Project:
Journal of the Assyrian Academic
List of Books on Babylon
Nineveh Kids Homepage
Syriac Comp Inst
P U M P U P T H E V O L U M E
Crook Pleema [M] Plimta [F]
Heathen Khanpa [M]
Accused Mzaadtma [M] td as in tdlaa for "three"
F = Feminine M = Masculine P = Plural
B A C K T O T H E F U T U R E
B.C.(654) After the destruction of Elam, Urartian
(ancient Armenians) embassadors appear at the palace
of Ashurbanipal to congratulate the scholarly monarch
on his victory. On a relief from the palace at
Nineveh, they are depicted viewing the execution of
the Elamite captives.
<< The Kingdom of Armenia,
M. Chahin >>
A.D.(Autumn 1862) According to a
report prepared for
the Russian Holy Synod the regions of Urmie, Salamas,
and Sulduz in northwestern Iran included 4050 families
belonging to the Assyrian Church of the East.
<< Journal of the Assyrian
Academic Society, Vol VI,
No 2, Fall 1992 >>
L I T E R A T U S
An English Translation of
****** MY DARLING (Mokhebti) ******
I long for the marble of your arms
For the honey with which your lips are imbued.
For the Charming perfume that your
I think so longingly of those lovely dates.
Which we spend in meadows under
blue of the skies,
We drank love from the spring of each other's eyes.
Oh let us go again, take a walk
in the park,
Just before the sunset, just before it is dark.
Where our hungry hearts fed on each
Our church was the earth and witness sky above.
Where vows of loyalty never to be
Were sealed in the soul with kisses as token.
Where commonest shrub looked so
rich and so lush,
Painted like a rainbow by love's master brush.
I beg you my sweetheart, let us
go where it seems,
Slumber with love potions does charm our dreams...
T H I S W E E K I N H I S T O R Y
Feb 26, 1917: A group of Assyrian nationalists gather
in Rev. Joel Warda's home in New York and propose the
establishment of an Assyrian National Fund.
Feb 28, 1918: In Urmie, Shakespeare's
The Merchant of
Venice is performed in Assyrian.
March 1, 1898: The body of
the Assyrian missionary,
Yakub Yalku Qarajalu, is burried in Manchuria. Rev.
Yakub preached the Gospel throughout Russian territories,
Siberia, and Central Asia.
B R A V O
The author of this week's feature
Toma, is in the process of completing the ZENDA Homepage.
On a personal note, Jeanclaude and Odet recently
returned from their honeymoon trip to Tahiti.
W E L C O M E T O Z E N D A
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