Did Jesus play cricket?
Armenian Jerusalem
This project has been supported by the Gulbenkian philanthropic Foundation, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and members of the worldwide Armenian community. Reproductions of the genealogical documents [domar’s] are courtesy Photo Garo, Jerusalem. Copyright © 2007 Arthur Hagopian
Trumpet 1
Jerusalem, 2007
         Strands   of   gold   entwined   with   copper,   wrapped   in the    folds    of    a    towering    wall,    the    scent    of    pines carried   on   the   breeze   at   twilight,   the   sound   of   bells punctuating the slumber of tree and stone.          Lying   in   proud   solitude,   its   mountain   air   as   clear   as wine, its name scorching like the kiss of a seraph.             We    are    looking    down    on    the    little    town    of Jerusalem,    city    of    gold,    of    which    the    poets    and troubadours   never   tire   of   singing   -   Israel‚   Ofra   Haza calls    it    Yerushalaym    shel    zahav ”‚    (Jerusalem    of Gold)    and    Lebanon‚    Fayrouz    zahratul    madaen ”‚ (flower of the cities).   
Celebrating Jerusalem on film
Easter in Jerusalem: renewing the faith
         Ii   is   Good   Friday   in   Jerusalem,   and   and   the Old   City   has   shaken   off   its   lackadaisical   torpor in tune with the growing excitement.       Thousands   of   pilgrims,   from   all   parts   of   the world,    some    for    the    first    time    ever,    have congregated    in    the    city.    The    intensity    of religious   fever   is   so   palpable,   one   wonders   if this   is   a   manifestation   of   the   eschatological longings that drives the throngs,          it   is   as   if   they   expect   the   Messiah   to   make his    entrance.    Will    he,    according    to    local legend,   enter   the   city   through   the   twin-arched Golden   Gate   (or   the   Gates   of   Mercy),   which has   been   blocked   now   for   centuries?   It   will   not be   a   tip-toe   through   the   tulips,   more   a   shuffle through    the    mounds    of    graves    lining    the approach to the gate.
         For   a   true,   believing   Christian,   Easter   is   the most   meaningful   time   to   visit   Jerusalem,   the city    where    Jesus    the    Son    of    Man    lived    and taught   and   suffered,   died and       rose       again       in triumph.            At   any   other   time,   the city   lies   warily   somnolent amid   the   political   turmoil gripping   the   Holy   Land,   playing   gotcha   with   the coy    phantom    of    peace    -    the    luxury    and    the longing   of   every   single   person   living   in   the   Old City    (and    of    people    of    goodwill    around    the world)  
            In   631   CE,   the   Caliph   Omar   Ibnul   Khattab conquered   Jerusalem.   Flanked   by   his   generals, he   marched   to   the   Church   of   the   Holy   Sepulcher, the   placed   considered the   most   sacred   by   his enemies, the Franks.          He   gazed   in   awe   at the   church,   but   when his     entourage     urged him      to      enter      the building      and      pray there,    he    told    them no.    Rather,    he    said, pray   where   this   stone   drops. And   he   picked   up   a stone   and   threw   it   as   far   as   he   could,   away   from the church.          Moslem   armies   were   once   again   at   the   gates of    Jerusalem,    when    Salah    ud    din    (Saladin) overran   it   in   1187.   In   a   bid   to   ensure   fraternity and   peaceful   co-existence   between   his   Moslem and     Christian     subjects,     he     established     a protocol,   still   adhered   to   today,   whereby   the custody   of   the   keys   to   the   Holy   Sepulchre   is entrusted to Moslems.
         Cricket   is   supposed   to   have   originated   some   300 years   ago   in   England,   but   it   is   just   possible   that   the game     zealously     followed     all     over     the     British Commonwealth, is older than currently thought.        The   story,   told   by   the   distinguished   kaghakatsi Armenian    professor    Dr    Abraham    Terian,    was    first released   online   by   the   Australian   Associated   Press, and   has   been   picked   up   around   the   world,   with   both the   reverent   and   irreverent,   having   a   field   day   with the intriguing revelation.    
            The   Church   of   the   Holy   Sepulcher,   the   traditional site   of   the   tomb   of   Jesus   of   Nazareth,   and   regarded   by many   as   the   holiest   relic   in   the   whole   of   Christendom, has   once   again   become   the   unwelcome   theater   of   an unsightly     brawl     between     two     brotherly     Christian denominations.          Though   not   a   stranger   to   such   flagrant   eruptions,   the extent   of   the   violence   this   time   repelled   every   one who    witnessed    the    drama    as    graphically    captured videos streamed it on world TV.     
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News Headlines   Who remembers the Armenians?" Hitler once taunted.History has made a mockery of his infamous claim, for who does not remember and mourn the destruction of a million and a half innocent Armenians a century ago? Middle Eastern food aims, quite blatantly, at titillating the palate. None of this junk or fast food nonsense. People there have all the time in the world for their cooking.       A thousand years ago, a monk in a distant monastery in the western Armenian province of Reshdunik, picked up a reed pen and began etching out what would later become known as the first great Armenian mystic and liturgical poetry. The Three Guardians of the Holy Places (the Greek and Armenian Orthodox Patriarchates and the Franciscan Custodia) have pledged to begin renovating the tomb of Jesus (the Edicule) in the Holy Sepulchre church, at an estimated cost of 3m Euros. The work is expected to start within a few weeks and take up to 8 months to complete. The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem has completed partial structural restoration at our magnificent Cathedral of St James  with the intention of pursuing a fullscale restoration at some future date. In order to accomplish this immensely important undertaking, the Patriarchate has launched appeal for help and support from Armenians all over the world.
Thousands converge on city
Custodians of the keys: Moslem families
Holy Sepulcher: perpetual conflict?
            Harout   Kahvedjian   has   just   published   an   English   version   of   his   father's   autobiography,   entitled   "From the   Red   Desert   to   Jerusalem",   detailing   his   life   as   a   survivor   of   the Armenian   genocide.   Harout   is   arriving in   Glendale,   California,   where   a   sizable   Armenian   community   makes   its   home,   for   the   book   signing   on December   6,   2014.   Jerry   Tutunjian,   who   has   written   a   brief   preview   about   the   book,   will   be   there   with him.                A   legend   in         his      time,   the   mild-mannered   Armenian   photographer   of   Jerusalem,   survived         a horrendous   ordeal      of   starvation,   torture      and   genocide,      and      run   in         with         nefarious         cannibals,   by   dint of   sheer   guts,      determination   and      luck,      to   leave   an         indelible      imprint   on      the      cultural   history   of   the Holy   City.   Until   today,      his   odyssey   from   the   killing   fields      of      Urfa,      the      erstwhile         mystical      outpost      on the   ancient   Silk      Road,   through      the   death      marches      in      the      desert      of   Syria   that   became   drenched   in Armenian   blood,   to   eventual   sanctuary   in   Jerusalem,   had   been   available   told   only   in   Armenian   in   a   book published in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1995
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Timely tribute to genocide survivor