|The Lighthouse||Griffith's "Intolerance"|
|Good Morning Bet-Nahrain
plus The Northern Chronicles
|A New Assyrian Athletic Arena in Nohadra|
|Surfs Up||"not applaud if the Church of the East is recognized..."|
|Surfers Corner||A Middle Eastern Evening in Michigan|
|News Digest||U.S. Council of Churches Deliver Aid to Iraqi Hospitals|
|Calendar of Events||U.S. Assyrian National Convention|
|Assyrian Surfing Posts||Pictures from the Chicago Kha b'Neesan Parade
An Assyrian Food Recipe
|Pump up the Volume||Movie Theater & Shows|
|Khudra||All Martyrs' Day & Festival of Mar Auraha|
|Back to the Future||Assyrian Deportations and the Churches under Arab Rule|
|This Week in History||Two Anniversaries: Mar Polous & Ashurbanipal Library|
Although we desperately tried to resist the "Titanic"-mania which has afflicted nearly everyone in its path of DeCaprio-frenzy dainty destruction we finally succumbed to the charms of this week's exclusive feature article and decided to bite our nails and just let it go. ZENDA has already received information on the names of the Assyrians who perished with the Titanic in 1912 and their amazing stories which we will gladly share in the future pages of this magazine.
According to the National Box Office reports, in the past two months most of us movie-goers spent around $7.50 and about 3-hours 15 minutes each watching the movie Titanic. Now that we know our film viewing threshold I would like to propose another film, Intolerance.
Directed by David Lewelyn Wark Griffith (D. W. Griffith), "Intolerance" has repeatedly been claimed by film critics as the greatest movie ever made and at the time of production, 1916, like Titanic it was the most costly ($493,800). What drove this film's pricetag through the roof was one of the four interweaving stories entitled The Fall Of Babylon.
The Babylonian segment of the "Intolerance" is a story set in ancient Babylon, governed by the peaceful King Nabonidus (Carl Stockdale) and his son Belshazzer (Alfred Paget), a young mountain girl (Constance Talmadge) who falls in love with Belshazzer. The evil and intolerant High Priest of Bel (Tully Marshall) conspires with the Persian ruler Cyrus (George Siegmann) to conquer Babylon. The Persians attack and the young mountain girl is tragically caught defending Babylon, its ruler and her idol Belshazzar.
D. W. Griffith demanded accuracy and quality from his cast and crew. When the time came to shoot the Babylon scenes he employed hundreds of set builders, painters, set designers and 2,500 extras to achieve the perfect backdrop. The Babylon set, designed by Walter W. Hall after matte shots taken off the Tower of Jewels at the San Francisco Exposition in 1914, is an exact replica of the original Babylonian towers, in size and detail. It is one of the largest, most elaborate exterior sets ever built for a single film. With Griffiths sweeping battle scenes and mass deployment of bodies in motion this silent-film brings ancient Mesopotamia to life and is sure to bring a tear in any Assyrian's eye.
The entire film, about 3-hours long, spans 2,500 years of hatred and injustice in history. The Fall of Babylon comes in the last quarter and is the most spectacular of the whole film. There is a rare release of only that part of the movie as a separate feature, redone comprised of out-takes, newly shot sequences and a happier ending, but extremely difficult to find a copy of.
Intolerance does include medium violence, brief nudity and is questionable for children. I hope you will enjoy this amazing film.
Santa Cruz, California
Mr. Alkhas, a ZENDA reader, is the Program/News Director at KSBW-TV 8, an NBC-affiliate in Salinas, California. He began his TV Production career in a small San Francisco Bay Area studio working on the local Assyrian TV productions. He has also been the recipient of the WAVE, two years in a row, for the making of the best TV commercials on the community channels.
"Intolerance" also features Lillian Gish in one of her early full-feature film appearances. To view an excerpt from "Intolerance" Click Here (requires Apple's QuickTime).
GOOD MORNING BET-NAHRAIN
A NEW ASSYRIAN ATHLETIC CENTER OPENS IN NORTH IRAQ
(ZNDA: Chicago) Monday 23 February 1998 marked the opening ceremonies
of Sanharib Athletic Center for Basketball and Volleyball in Nohadra
(Dohuk), North Iraq. The Dohuk parliamentary representatives
as well as the regional members of the Assyrian Democratic Movement
(Zowaa) among hundreds of others were present to witness the opening
of this athletic arena. To stamp the Center's opening, a friendly
match between Sanharib Basketball Club and the Zakho Club took
place. The Sanharib Athletic Club is unique in organizing several women's teams and competitions.
"On behalf of myself and TAAAS, I would like to wish you a very happy Easter. Thank you for all your great efforts. Good bless you all.
Sharrukina Malek Rostamy
Purely Academic, Editor
Purely Academic is the quarterly magazine of the Assyrian Australian Academic
Society (TAAAS). To subscribe or learn more about this informative
publication write to: email@example.com. TAAAS under the leadership
of its previous president, Suzy David, and its current visionary,
Dr. Said Stephen, has become an exemplary Assyrian organization
and an influential educational institution in Australia.
Denominationally I am not evangelical, but testamentally I am evangelist for I daily carry my own cross and follow Jesus-I live by the truth of the Gospel and take its truth to others. This is Christianity or discipleship. The surge in Christian restriction and its analogy the Christian persecution- largely a muslim practice amongst a few others-is a current phenomenon and has only one purpose to counter the so powerful contemporary evangelistic zeal in preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour to the entire world.
A Christian can belong to any denomination but can not be Christian without witnessing the gospel. Similarly a Church can not be a Church without evangelisation. Paul, the great Crusader for Christ Jesus says 'woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel'. After the resurrection, Jesus Christ our vicarious redeemer admonished his eleven immediate faithful disciples to make disciples but not Christians. Read with me the closing verses of Saint Matthew's Gospel 'all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always to the very end of the age (NIV)'. Shall we applaud a bill that restricts preaching the Gospel? Etha brikha."
Dr George Habash
A MIDDLE EASTERN EVENING IN MICHIGAN
In honor of Southfield's 40th Anniversary, the City of Southfield's Community Relations Department and the Chaldean Federation of America cordially invite you to An Evening in the Middle East (Chaldean) on Tuesday, April 21, at the Southfield Civic Center Pavilion (26000 Evergreen Road).
Enjoy the food, sights, music, and culture of the region! And added by popular demand: the always exciting and entertaining band THE BELLS.
INTERNATIONAL CAFE will be open from 6:45 until 9:00 PM. Reservations are required and tickets are $20 per person and only available in advance (See CALENDAR OF EVENTS)
Community Relations Department
City of Southfield
U.S. COUNCIL OF CHURCHES DELIVERS AID TO IRAQI HOSPITALS
(ZNAF: Baghdad) A delegation from the US National Council of
Churches delivered 10 tons of medical aid to Iraqi hospitals on
Saturday, saying it was shocked by the suffering of the Iraqi
people. "We have been profoundly shocked by the level of suffering
of the Iraqi people," said the organization's
executive director Rodney Page. "Malnutrition is widespread and there is a shortage of even the most common medicines. As a result thousands of Iraqi children are dying needlessly because of easily treatable diseases," he said in a statement. Page is one of the seven-member delegation that arrived here Thursday with a shipment of relief supplies for Iraq, which has been under a trade and oil embargo since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait. The council, which represents 53 million American Christians, has sent three million dollars of aid to Iraq since 1991.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
An Evening in the Middle East
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
ANNUAL DANCE & COCKTAIL PARTY
St. Mary's Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church
Entertainers: Edmond & Assyria DJ's Emil & Jimmy
Lecture: "Assyrian Americans at the Threshold of the 21st Century"
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
ASSYRIAN FOR RON GONZALES
"An Assyrian Evening"
Assyrian State Convention of California
The Fourth Assyrian Community Networking Conference
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Assyrian Olympic Games
Assyrian National Convention
ASSYRIAN SURFING POSTS
PHOTOS FROM "THE KHA B'NEESAN PARADE" IN CHICAGO
ASSYRIAN KURUSH RECIPE
MARGARET GEORGE (1941-1969)
PUMP UP THE VOLUME
BACK TO THE FUTURE
As many as 4.5 million persons were deported in the Assyrian Empire from one community to another. This type of exile, practiced by the Assyrian kings of the New Kingdom was intended to destroy the person's individuality and rebelliousness. The Assyrian kings, in the long run, found themselves hated by groups in almost every region of their empire.
Life in the Ancient Near East, Snell
By this time the Arab armies had swept through much of the Middle East and North Africa. The Assyrian Apostolic (Church of the East) and the Orthodox (Syrian Orthodox) Churches were forced to proceed with the terms of existence under the new Arab government. Mar Ishu-Yav, Patriarch of the Church of the East, was the negotiator who secured the recognition of the two historical churches' melet status. Each Church had the right to exist only upon payment of tribute, whereas no new churches could be built, and yet the worshippers remained exempt from military service. The two Assyrian churches conceded to the new terms and continued to ignore one another's existence.
History of the Assyrian Church, Wigram
Introductory Classical Assyrian
alphabet and the vowel system, basic literacy skills & vocabulary
|North Park Univ Carlson Tower
Introductory Modern Assyrian I
alphabet and the vowel system, basic literacy skills & vocabulary
|North Park Univ
Introductory Modern Assyrian II
reading & writing, & elementary grammar.
|North Park Univ
I walk through a passage way seeking something,
feeling I am lost, finding nothing.
Heritage, identity- desperately searching for them in
Lost. I drift as others proudly murmur, vague images
appear as I stumble.
The walls draw closer, as the light gets nearer.
A faint whisper is heard through the wind.
The wind grows in strength, the walls remain silent.
The winds echo through the passage revealing a howl.
The chant grows louder, as visions of ornately dressed
Confused and dizzy, I stumble but struggle on.
The walls become dark and vulgar, the light faint.
But my determination is strong.
The chant becomes clearer,
Sargon city is large, standing tall in the scorching
We guard the city's doors, all tremble at our feet.
Assyrians proud and strong - all are stunned by our
Our reign grows day by day, our strength hour by
Although time have changed and our people led
You still are Assyrian, and that is a privilege in every
I had reached the light and now knew I had merely
been lost in a fog.
I was an Assyrian. I am an Assyrian.
Purely Academic, September 1996
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
April 15, 1918: Mar Polous Shimun succeeded Mar Shimun Benyamin as the new Patriarch
of the Church of the East. Mar Benyamin was assassinated in the
hands of Kurdish rebels while on a peace mission in the Persian
Azerbaijan. The consecration of Mar Polous Shimun took place
in the Mart Maryam Church in Urmie, Iran.
April 17, 1988: Ashurbanipal Library (7055 North Clark Street) with an impressive
collection of books and documents opens its doors to the public
Next time you reserve a room at a hotel in the heart of the Silicon Valley or wait for your next appointment in the lobby of a Bay Area's Hi-Tech company look for a new magazine entitled SAN JOSE. This impressive publication has become a favorite of the City of San Jose's hotels, recreational facilities, arts community and the Hi-Tech businesses. However, what truly impressed the ZENDA staff was the fact that this lavishly designed and well-written publication is the brainchild of an Assyrian entrepreneur in San Jose- Gilbert Sangari. Mr. Sangari, better known in the Assyrian community of San Jose for his financial and real estate savvy, is the Editor and Publisher of San Jose Magazine which began publishing last year. Moreover the entire Design Production and Art Direction of San Jose Magazine is handled by another multi-talented Assyrian, Homer Younan of Grafeex, a graphics/web designer in San Jose. San Jose Magazine is published monthly and the annual subscription price is $17 in the U.S. For more information visit: www.sanjosemagazine.com
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