Jericho’s hidden gem.

I found out last night that at a ceremony held at Hesham’s Palace, the Ministry of Tourism unveiled the floor mosaic of the great bath in the palace. This is the biggest intact piece of mosaic in the world (827 square meters)! Hopefully, through a huge donation from the Japan government, the big bath will be roofed and then special walkways would be arranged so people can see this masterpiece when they visit the historical site. The unveiling is to celebrate the commencement of this new project. The mosaic contains 38 panels and 21 warm colors. These are a few photos to give you a glimpse of this marvelous piece of our history, art, and culture.


Christmas Polyelion by SEM

Adapted from mount Athos monks by Joseph Yezbek of Mount Lebanon School of Ecclesiastic Music.

A truly festive feast suitable for the birth of our Lord.

I couldn’t find a better gift for all of you this Christmas and New Year! Enjoy the season with your families and friends.

— Jack A. Rabah

Holy Week — Take II

Holy Week -- Take II

The mystery of Holy Unction (Holy Oil Service) at Our Lady of Annunciation Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Ramallah, Palestine.
The oil carries God’s grace both to renew the body and to cleanse the spirit. The service follows the apostolic tradition mentioned in the New Testament: “…let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven” (James 5:14-15).

My grandfather the Arab Matador

The city of Ramallah was established when Rashed Haddadin settled there after coming from the other side of the Jordan river (Jordan). He and his grandchildren’s families grew into the eight clans of Ramallah. Our clan is called the Abu Jaghab clan.

It is said that our great grandfather was going to water his bull at the spring. He was known to be a stubborn man, and when his bull refused to drink he was pissed. He took the bull by his horn and started pushing his head down towards the water while shouting: “ijghab” (drink) or I will break your horn!

Apparently he was more stubborn than the bull and he broke his horn. From that time on the name “Jaghab” stuck to us. Alternatively, the clan of the horn “dar abu karin” in Arabic is used to refer to our clan.

Nowadays when we are caught practicing any stubborn behaviors they say .. Well you are really from the clan of the horn 🙂

— Jack Rabah