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Jerusalem: Ur Salam (City of Peace), (May 2, 2009)

Recent archeological works by Kathleen Kenyon discovered a wall surrounding the city of Jerusalem dating from the 18th century BC; water was diverted through underground canals from the fresh source of Guihon to Siloe cisterns inside the walls.

The sea people called Philistines had devastated the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, destroyed the nascent Greek fleet and settled in Gaza and the southern coastline of Palestine around the 12th century.  The entire eastern coastline from north Syria to Sinai was dominated by the Canaanites.  Thus, in southern Palestine the Canaanites had to flee northward and retreat inside toward Jerusalem, one of their 25 City-States. Jerusalem was then inhabited by over ten thousand urban dwellers, a huge number for the period.

Around 11th century BC, Moses arrived with his nomadic tribes to the borders with Canaan.  His successors endeavored to settle in part of Palestine and battled with the Philistines.  The Canaanites aristocracy aided David to enter Jerusalem and this class was his administrative supporters.

David thus had two high priests (Ebyatar and Sadoq), two military leaders (Joab and Benayahou), and two heirs apparent (Adoniyyahou and Salomon). David had also two formal sanctuaries for the Jews and the Canaanites.  David adopted the God of the Land El and the demy-Gods of the Sun (Shahar) and the Moon (Shalem) were worshipped.  The Jewish Yahweh (God of thunders) was relegated to the background and played a support function in times of urgent need.

The Jews had no such concept of “throne” and the Canaanite aristocracy provided a throne to David and his solar God was Justice personified and a divinity of the order “sadeq”; thus, Milki Sadeq was the King of Jerusalem when Abraham came to Canaan and paid the tenth (one tenth) to Melki Sadeq.

Salomon supporters of the Canaanites assassinated Adoniyyahou and Joab and Ebyatar was pursuit. Salomon relied on the King of Tyr to building his Temple for the Sun God facing east.  The dedication read: “The divinity of the Sun has announced: Yahweh has decided to live in the shadow. A house has been renovated for his dwelling”.  The God Sun sent two messengers of Right and Justice to destroy Sodom.  In this event as in others, Yahweh shares the responsibility as a subordinate to the Sun God.  Slowly but surely, Yahweh acquired a convincing divinity by the period that preceded the exile to Babylon.

In 587 BC, the Babylonian King Nabukhodnosor destroys part of the Temple.  The Persian King Cyrus repatriates the Jews in 538 and restores the temple.  Alexander enters Jerusalem in 332 and Judea falls under the Ptolemy dynasty.  The Seleucid dynasty dominates Jerusalem from 200 to 142.  Judas Maccabe revolted in 164 and enters Jerusalem which falls to the Hasmonide dynasty until the Roman Pompeii takes Jerusalem in 63 BC.

The zealot Jews take over Jerusalem for two years in 66 AC. The Roman General Titus enters Jerusalem in the year 70 and burns the Temple.  Jerusalem is named Aelia Capitolina.  Bar Kokheba recaptures Jerusalem in 131.  Emperor Hadrian enters Jerusalem and the Jews are definitely dispersed and forbidden to enter Jerusalem.

Emperor Constantine consecrates the Anastasis (The Saint Sepulcher).  The Persian King Chosroe destroys Jerusalem in 614.  Emperor Heracles re-takes the city in 628.  The Caliph of Islam Omar enters Jerusalem in 638. The Dome of the Rock is built in 691.  The mosque Al Aqsa is built in 705.  The crusaders enter the city in 1099.  The Sultan Sallah el Din enters the city in 1187 and chased out the crusaders.  The Turkish Sultan Selim 2 enters the city in 1244 and gives Jerusalem a religious function and dots it with many religious schools (madrassa).

The Ottoman Empire captures the city in 1516.  Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent rebuilds the walls and enlarges the city with newer walls. In 1967 the Zionist State of Israel enters Jerusalem.  Begin declares that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel in 1980.

The State of Israel is flaunting all UN resolutions to stop destroying Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem that is proposed to be the Capital of the Palestinian State.

Heaven and Hell (April 12, 2009)

 

            I was led to read with some attention detailed descriptions of heaven and hell; I was shocked with these infantile and crude stories that are carbon copies in all Books. I had the impression that all these prophets had no imagination for even slight variations; actually the only tiny variations were in the sadistic punishment of those intended to be visiting hell.  I had another revelation: all those prophets started recounting scenes of heaven and hell after they received recognition and enjoyed the tendency to clinging to power.  It was as if scaring people is the common technique to all who hold on to power.  All those prophets lived the masochist life till getting recognition and then let their imagination loose on the saddest sadistic punishments and undaunting lusty desires.  It was like all those prophets are of a certain type of men that sustain only extreme binary attitudes although the messages are of learning to tend to the middle line in the spectrum of our passions. I have something to say; but first let me refresh your memory.

 

On Heaven

 

            You have got four rivers.  You select from the following items: first, a river of pure running potable water; second, a river of milk or yogurt with even taste (you might have to settle on your personal good taste; I am not sure if you might have to go through the hassle of tasting all possibilities: we have been fighting for choices and opportunities in our entire earthly life; I know that a few States have offered so many varieties of choices and opportunities that the citizens complained and finally revolted; if you are allergic to milk then no problems, go on selecting other items); third, a river of honey (I assume in those days only unadulterated bee’s honey was marketed; more Book’s research funding is required); fourth, a river of perfume (not specific, you would have tough choices if you failed to try all scents while alive); fifth, a river of wine that never gets you inebriated enough to utter foul sentences (I guess you should have choices of alcoholic beverages: you earned it.  My hypothesis is that you can opt for the four rivers to be of the wine kinds: you earned it, mind you).  Sixth, a river of oil (I am strongly inclined to believe that it is olive oil; tough luck if you hate olive oil; you can switch this river to scotch or vodka, I guess).  How to drink is no problem in heaven: you can use crystal cups, jars, Jeri can of gold, silver, or titanium (that last metal is of my own invention) or just sit and lap straight from the source or I would suggest letting your sweetheart pour it from her fresh mouth.  Oh, on the subject of sweetheart you have to be patient a little: I just like suspense.

If none of these rivers are to you liking then remember: the guiding light is not to worry about heaven: it is the other alternative that you should account for.  From what I read I came into understanding that we are all going to hell first; pretty much as immigration concentration camps.  Then very few would be shown the exit door; and many less would be acrobatic and focused enough to cross the long thin bridge to heaven.  But that bad composition: I should stick to heaven now.

You don’t have to worry at all.  Just imagine the varieties of condiments!  Do you like fresh, juicy, and ripe fruits?  Do you love dates, grapes, or pomegranate?  These are the fruits mentioned in the Books; remember, you better get a taste for Levantine assortment of fruits; but it is also said that you can have any kind of fruits and I suggest you don’t get frazzled that soon.  The beauty of it is that trees will deliver their fruits in any position you feel comfortable in such as standing, lying, stooping, or sitting.  My impression is that you could order the branch to drop the fruit in your open mouth.  If I physically toiled hard in my life then that would be my ideal option of delivery.

Hey man, wait.  We have got the best news ever.  It will blow your brain away. You will have all the women and adolescent men for any kind of intercourse you desire. You can through bacchant parties any time you want and you will be perched on high wide beds, very cushy and comfortable.

Good tiding for the women kind.  You are not in the picture of heaven and hell: the Jewish sect in Judea never endowed you with souls anyway.  But don’t you worry as yet.  God will re-create you to pleasure the select men.  Sorry, since very few men will be selected then don’t push it for all of you to be re-created.  The good news is, if created, you will all have white skin, screwy eyes (hawal), long hair, and none of you would be over 33 of age.  You will enjoy firm square tits; it is up to the select men to shape your tits to the fruit of their desire; that is how I figure it.  Certainly you will be wearing jewelry and silk dresses; I think that unlike men wearing only fine white robes, you might have a wide selection of fabrics and colors.

 

On Hell

 

            This section would be brief: I know that you guys have suffered enough in this life that you don’t give much weight to the puny punishments that you might be allotted in hell.   Hell is simply fire, a lot of it, and its temperature is sixty times the temperature of earth core.  Hell is not upgraded with fire alarms. It was the result of lack of imagination: a million fire alarms going off and all the time would certainly scare the bejesus out of anyone, regardless if he is engulfed in fire and black smoke.  Thus, don’t fear that much, please.  The mechanical instruments for conveying pain are archaic; they are mostly chains, gardening, and harvesting implements, and the sorts.  There is no diabolic high tech suffering machines.  I failed to read that you might be half buried in sand to be nibbled at by ants in a scorching desert.  Guantanamo Bay was, since time of creation, in the visual field of God but he refrained at the last second: God wanted to test the evil potentials of men.  You may read the reports of the commissions on human rights and the juicy archives in the United Nations.

 

            As for what will zip you to hell with no recourse “twice dead” are not countable.  Just writing this article should judge me by any sacerdotal caste as good as dead a dozen times. As for what might open the gate of heaven is not to allow anyone to share power with God and also to have charity in the heart and coupled by proofs in practice.

 

I doubt that predicators go around describing in details the conditions in hell and heaven; they tend to just mention hell and heaven as if everybody was told once in his life the stories in these places, and once is enough to grab the attention of kids.  Most probably that hell was described to kids at untenable moments but I doubt heaven was ever a favorite topic to parents. My suggestion is if we feel ashamed to tell the minute details of hell and heaven as recounted in the Books, if these stories should be labeled X-rated for cruelty or sexuality and not suited for less than 18 years of age then the words hell and heaven should be scraped from theology teaching.

            The level headed should desire to die.  If hell, then it is a piece of cake compared to our hellish life on earth; ask any persecuted inhabitant and who was detained and tortured and humiliated.  Definitely, hell has lost its power to scare. If heaven, then hmm…it won’t be such a bad condition after all to live in.  I might be slightly worried of boredom but I trust God would endow the “Houries” with enough playfulness to keep me interested for infinity.  Heaven definitely can have my vote.

 

I sincerely hope that my readers are invested with strong sense of humor.

Article #27, November 14, 2005

 “Do you know what your folk’s jobs are?”

I know that students ask themselves for each course they are taking: “How can this course enhance my job prospects?” 

The bottom line is most of the time the perennial question: “Would I be able to secure a job as soon as I graduate?” 

The next worry is:  “Does the curriculum prepare me to acquire the requisite knowledge, practice and discipline that employers expect me to have?” ; “Would I be able to apply somehow this accumulation of formal learning or, as I am being told, most of these required courses would turn out to be a baggage of dead weight?”

I believe freshman students should investigate the jobs of their folks prior to academic orientation and as an assignment before deciding on a major.

A few of the questions they will have to figure out are:

1. Do you know what your father or mother do for a living? 

2. How about starting by asking your folks to be specific on how they earn their living, for example how is a typical day at work and what different tasks they usually perform to have a job done?

3. Do they have to actually write a report personally and in what language?

4. Do they have assistance? Do they do have a secretary assigned to fill out standard report forms, field queries from clients, take appointments and all the time consuming tasks that leave your folks to cater whatever is left to be done?

5. Did you ever ask your folks whether their current jobs match their University discipline?

6. Whether they were required to attend a few continuing education courses and seminars before they were promoted?

7. Are they satisfied with their jobs?

8. Would they have chosen a different discipline if they had better orientation and had the opportunity and the availability to decide on their own?

9. What do they think were the three main criteria that differentiated them from the other colleagues who were not as successful?

10. What major obstacles prevented them from going on their own after acquiring experience?

11. Would they encourage you to have your own business after acquiring some experience?

There is an Arabic saying: “You either work for yourself or you work for somebody else; either you have patience with your living earning job or you need to endure the patience for being bankrupt”. 

What is your alternative? 

What job would make you wake up fresh and ready for the rest of your working life and thus make you a successful person?

A Grain of Hope

 

1.   I am tired and I’m going to bed.

Tomorrow is different.

Tomorrow,

I find the most beautiful girlfriend,

The sweetest honey on Earth.

Tomorrow,

I come clean and clear.

I quit smoking,

I stop boozing.

Tomorrow, I am free and rich: 

Just wait.

 

2.   Hate me, hurt me, humiliate me;

I still won’t kill your grain of hope.

Some Gods like to give hope,

Some deny it completely.

Who is more compassionate?

Who is wiser?

I know this grain of hope is oiling my wheels. 

I know I can still move mountains, divert rivers.

I can still fall in love, be rude, and forgive.

I won’t kill your grain of hope; 

Your grain of faith!


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