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The Land with Two Names Print E-mail
Written by Michael James Fares   
Friday, 10 December 2004 05:41

Every day more lives are lost in the country some call Israel and some call Palestine. Israeli gunfire kills Palestinians everyday, many of whom are small children or young teenagers who still have their lives ahead of them. The Israeli's suffer similar casualties on a daily basis due to Palestinian attacks. Many innocent lives on both sides are continually at stake.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2009 07:53
In memoriam: Edward Said and Mahmoud Darwish Print E-mail
Written by Mona Anis   
Saturday, 04 October 2008 08:55

It is five years today — Thursday 25 September, 2008 — since the death of the Palestinian public intellectual and political activist Edward Said, “the most brilliantly eloquent emissary of Palestine to the outside world” in the words of an equally eloquent and brilliant fellow compatriot — Mahmoud Darwish.

The anniversary of Edward Said’s death will be commemorated next Sunday at Columbia University in New York, the city and university where Said lived and taught for the last 40 years of his 68-year-life. Conspicuously absent from the event will be Mahmoud Darwish, who had been invited by Columbia University to give the keynote address. Sadly, his sudden death last month — at about the same age at which Said died — prevents him from addressing next Sunday’s gathering in New York.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2009 19:11
Fr. Gregory's Pilgrimage to Syria and Lebanon Print E-mail
Written by Fr. Gregory Hallam   
Saturday, 16 October 2004 22:51

Reprinted courtesy of Revd Fr Gregory Hallam
St. Aidan's Orthodox Church,
Antiochian Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom and Ireland

The little voice in my heart saying "Go to Syria and Lebanon" had been my companion for some time, but it was the visit of His Grace, Bishop John to our parish in January that finally prompted me to go. At last I was to visit the Mother Church, the people, (if not the place!) of whom St. Luke spoke in Acts 11:26 when referring to us as "Christians."

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2009 14:47
Khalil Hawi: A Graceful Poet from the Vineyards of Lebanon Print E-mail
Written by Fuad Said Haddad   
Wednesday, 15 June 2005 15:53

(Middle East Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 7, 1995)

Khalil was born in I919 in Shwayr', Lebanon. The files at the American University of Beirut indicate 1925 as his birth date. In the 'Arab Studies' magazine, No. 4, Year 21, May 1985, Dr. Michel Jeha relates that Iliya, Khalil's brother, affirms the date as 1919 while Khalil's mother mentioned 1920. The same correction is also due concerning his birth place; official documents indicate 'Shwayr'; but Khalil's brother and mother confirm that he was born in 'Huwaya', Syria, as his father was working there.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 September 2011 11:58
Kaftoun Churchs Print E-mail
Written by Revd Fr Bassam Nassif   
Saturday, 06 November 2004 13:29

The Theotokos Monastery, Kaftoun, Archdiocese of Mount Lebanon

Kaftoun Theotokos This historic monastery, located just 10 km to the east of Botrys district, in Lebanon, houses one of the most important Byzantine icons of the hieratic and expressive style "The Theotokos Hodigitria of Kaftoun".

The Monastery of Kaftoun and the locality are cited by historians of the 9th century; between the 11th and 13th centuries the monastery had a great spiritual influence in the region. The Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris and the British Museum in London possess some liturgical parchments from this monastery dating back to the 13th century and testifying to the flourishing liturgical life of the Kaftoun Monastery.

Until 1972 the icon was affixed to the iconostasis of the monastery's chapel where it was venerated by pilgrims. During the Lebanese war (1975-1992) the icon was stolen twice and recovered back.

It's currently exposed back for veneration at the monastery's church in a special way exposing both written sides.

The Theotokos Hodigitria of Kaftoun

Author anonymous,11th Century A.D.
Tempera on wood & endued (bilateral).
H / W: 111 x 80 cm.

The monastery can be contacted by email at this address: moc.liamtoh@nuotfakried

The Basilica of Saint Sergius and Bacchus (Mar-Sarkis)

Saint Sergius and Bacchus (Mar-Sarkis) Recent excavations have shown that this basilica is particularly rich at the archaeological level.

Saints Sergius and Bacchus were third century Roman soldiers who are commemorated as martyrs by the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches. Serge and Bacchus were officers in Caesar Maximian's army, and were held high in his favor until they were exposed as secret Christians. They were then severely punished in 303, with Bacchus dying during torture, and Sergius eventually beheaded. Churches in their honor have been built in several cities, including Constantinople and Rome. Their feast day is 7 October.

St. Phokas Church - Holy Martyr and Wonderworker Phokas Bishop of Sinope

As bishop in his birthplace, the town of Sinope on the shore of the Black Sea, he strengthened the devout in their faith by his divine example and words, and brought many idol worshippers to the true Faith. During the persecution of the Roman Emperor Trajan, he was captured and thrown into boiling water, in which this courageous soldier of Christ finished his earthly course and entered into the joy of his Lord in the year 102 AD. The Holy Church celebrates his memory on September 22, and the transfer of his holy relics on July 23.

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 June 2013 03:48
Lebanon's natural beauty is second to none Print E-mail
Written by Rachel and Avi Abrams   
Saturday, 04 October 2008 08:43

Outside of wars and politics: Lebanon's natural beauty is second to none

"Switzerland" comparison does not exactly come to mind when you consider how war-torn and miserable this nation has been in the recent years. But cast a longer look around you while visiting this incredible spot in the Middle East - and the ancient, spectacular beauty of the place will start to haunt you, bless you, and lift you above political agendas and human strife.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2009 19:16
Daad & Farid Karam Reserve Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 20 August 2004 02:00

On the 3rd of August 2009, the the University of Balamand and the town of Kaftoun celebrated the opening of the "Daad and Farid Karam Reserve", donated to the university by Dr. Farid Karam. Dr Karam and his wife attended the ceremony, Bishop Louca representing Patriarch Hazim, the president of the municipality of Kaftoun, Mr. Nakhle Fares, officials from the North, and the President of the University Dr. Salem, and its deans and directors also were in attendance.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 February 2010 06:52
Sex Outside Marriage - A Biblical View Print E-mail
Written by Samuele Bacchiocchi, Ph. D.,   
Sunday, 09 October 2005 12:56

Nowhere has Christian morality come under greater attack than in the whole area of sex outside marriage. The Biblical teaching that sex is only for marriage does not even enter the thinking of most people today. The Biblical condemnation of illicit sexual acts has become for many a license for sexual experimentation. The popular acceptance of sexual permissiveness is evidenced by the introduction and use of "softer terms." Fornication, for example, is referred to as "pre-marital sex" with the accent on the "pre" rather than on the "marital." Adultery is now called "extra-marital sex," implying an additional experience like some extra-professional activities. Homosexuality has gradually been softened from serious perversion through "deviation" to "gay variation." Pornographic literature and films are now available to "mature audiences" or "adults."

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2009 14:48
Confronting Terrorism - An American Prospective Print E-mail
Written by M. J. Fares   
Friday, 08 July 2005 02:00

Terrorism, like communism was for so many years, is now the key threat facing America. Because America now finds itself confronted with this different and never before experienced enemy of terrorism, it must undertake new efforts to develop a long-run working policy to deal with this threat just as it developed a policy to deal with communisim. This task is one which is extremely difficult, and it is the challenge of this generation.

How this policy will take shape over the years depends on the view and perception taken of the post-Cold War world. Several proposals have been made by political thinkers regarding this issue, three of the most prominet of which are Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations, Jean Bethke Elshtian's book Just War Against Terror, and Barber's book Jihad vs. McWorld.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2009 14:49
Iraq and Vietnam Wars - Comparative Analysis Print E-mail
Written by Robert L. Fares   
Thursday, 04 August 2005 10:39

The United States has not been truly involved in a war since the Japanese surrender on August 14, 1945. However, the United States has involved itself it three sizable campaigns of "police action." These campaigns of "police action," manifest themselves in the Korean War, Vietnam War, and more recently, the Iraq War. The Iraq War and the Vietnam War hold many key similarities. Neither Vietnam nor Iraq directly attacked the United States before America launched its campaign. In both Iraq and Vietnam, the United States drastically underestimated the number of troops needed to successfully complete its objectives. Also, both wars have been characterized by the violent and oppressive relationships between American forces and foreign civilians and soldiers alike. Because the Iraq War and the Vietnam War have such key similarities, policymakers dealing with Iraq can learn pertinent lessons from the American experience in Vietnam.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2009 14:51
Is The Iraq War Unjust? Print E-mail
Written by Michael James Fares   
Wednesday, 29 June 2005 10:57

In her pre-Iraq War book Just War Against Terror, Jean Bethke Elshtain explores the concept of a "just war" and what it means for America to fight a just war against terrorism. Whilst advocating the Afghan War, Elshtain lays down characteristics of a just war one by one. The following are among the most important of these characteristics: First, a just war must be a response to a direct attack or an imminent threat. Second, a just war is a war waged only as a last resort. It is a war begun only once every kind of diplomatic action has clearly failed. Third, a war that is fought for any type of "aggrandizement" is not a just war. Fourth, the means implemented in war must correspond to the end desired; that is, the country waging the war should strive for measured justice as opposed to brutal and unbounded revenge. America's war in Iraq has been lacking in all of the above stated criteria of a just war.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2009 14:49
Bishop George Khodr - Visions (Arabic) Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 19 August 2006 15:35

لقـطات ورؤى
بقلم المطران جورج خضر

النهار" -  السبت 19 آب 2006 - السنة 74 - العدد  22748 "

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2009 14:41
Jay's Gym Workout Routine Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 23:00

Gym Workout Routine

Bodyweight Lateral Squat

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Start by stepping to the right with your right foot and proceed into a squat.
  3. Return to the standing position with your feet shoulder width apart.
  4. Now step to your left with your left foot and proceed into a squat.
  5. Return to the starting position and repeat.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2009 10:59
Benefits of certain common foods Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Sunday, 08 March 2009 16:50

Apple RResearch indicates that eating the right foods can not only improve your physical health, but also your mental health. Cutting down on food "stressors" and increasing the amount of "supporters" in your diet improves your mood and positive outlook.

  • Stressors include: sugar, caffeine, alcohol and chocolate.
  • Supporters include: water, vegetables, fruit and oil-rich fish.

Lebanon has been blessed with a great variety of organic fruits and vegetables. Eat plenty of them on a daily bases and reduce your intake of red meat to 200 grams per week. Don't forget to enjoy locally grown nuts such as almonds, walnuts and pine nuts. Also, use Koura Olive oil for salads and cooking, in moderation, of course!

Physical exercise should also be a part of your daily activities. If you take half an hour to eat every day, make sure to also exercise for at least the same amount of time. If you are 50 years of age or above, a brisk walk at heart rate of 136 for half an hour a day is sufficient.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 February 2010 14:50
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