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Assyrian Alphabet App

Teach your children the Assyrian Alphabet at the price of a coffee!

After co-creating the Moon Story iPad app with Romil Benyamino, brothers Paul & Sargon Benjamin set their sights on something above and beyond the moon.  Together, they’ve created Assyrian ABCs, an interactive mobile app for Assyrian toddlers to learn the Assyrian alphabet.

“What if parents could preserve the Assyrian / Neo-Aramaic language for the cost of a cup of coffee?” reflects app designer Paul Benjamin.  “Most parents I’ve spoken with would do anything for sake of their child.  Teaching their child the Assyrian alphabet by downloading an iPhone app is a no brainer.”
Paul set out to make the most interactive and fun way to learn the Assyrian alphabet.  “I visited libraries and looked at children’s learning books in all languages”, Paul says.  “I downloaded mobile apps for children and played them…for hours”.  Paul then surveyed parents about what kinds of learning methods work best for their child.  “It’s all about repetition, alternating between verbal & visual cues, and repetition.  Repetition is key.”

He even tried out the app with toddlers. “I knew I was on the wrong track when the kids ditched the original beta version of the Assyrian ABC app and instead played with a cars & trucks app on the iPad”, Paul reflects humorously. Paul knew his challenge would be in keeping the app exciting and fun. So he asked his brother Sargon to engineer a game-like, interactive, and immersive mobile app rich with animations and stunning visual effects to keep toddlers engaged.

The Assyrian ABCs app features voice-overs from Sharokina Danipour and Rabbi Michael Younan to give the app a fun and lively feel while keeping true to the integrity of the Neo-Aramic language.  You can download it on iPhone and iPad today at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/assyrian-abcs/id712026226?ls=1&mt=8

 

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Assyrian Recipes in the Assyrian App

Assyrian Recipes have now been integrated in the Assyrian app! Simply download the Assyrian App and click on the ‘Recipes’ icon to learn how to cook your favorite Assyrian dishes!

 

Assyrian Recipes

Assyrian Recipes in the Assyrian App

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Assyrian Interactive children’s book on iPad

Assyrian Storytelling on the iPad…

Fun and engaging for children…

“A playful bedtime story, written in Assyrian verse, takes little ones on a journey into the wilderness to discover various animals and the events that take place during the night.” The author of Sahra, Romil Benyamino, partnered with the Assyrian owned mobile application development company, Base 2 Applications, to create the first ever Assyrian children’s iPad application. 

Moon story showcases the Assyrian language in a fun and engaging way for children.

No Assyrian Story Book apps on the iPad…until now!
A digital reproduction of Sahra on the iPad ventures into new territory.  For starters, this is the very first digital Assyrian Children’s Book app on iPad.  Second, this interactive book app is compelling enough to transport readers into the immense galaxies and lush forests introduced in the hard copy work.

The Sahra Moon iPad app  is now available https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moon-story/id687613511?ls=1&mt=8

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The Line In The Sand

 

The Line in the Sand Assyrian

A must read political thriller about the the Christian genocide in Iraq!!

The Line in the Sand is the electrifying story of a courageous woman, a TV journalist who decides to make a clandestine visit to northern Iraq investigating a rumor of an enormous oil find that would change the political equations of this war torn country. She finds herself in the midst of an ethno-religious cleansing of Christian Iraqis threatened by terrorists, greedy politicians and corrupted police officials. She is kidnapped, raped, denigrated and held as hostage by a terrorist gang led by a ruthless, former Saddam henchman.

This sets off a furious and deadly hunt for her rescue involving a U.S. Army Ranger detachment, her friends in the tiny Christian community and her former bodyguard stubbornly determined to fulfill his obligation. A church is car-bombed during a wedding. The deaths of an entire family and their friends are used as a scare tactic to force people to become refugees and leave their farm lands to be confiscated by greedy men. It is a depiction of one of the numerous churches that have already been bombed in Iraq.

Over half of the 1.2 million Christians who lived in Iraq have already left – most to an uncertain existence as refugees in nearby countries. The Line in the Sand is an exciting story based on the true experiences of many Christian Iraqis where kidnappings and beheadings have become daily happenings. The once sophisticated and multi-ethnic, historic city of Mosul with the beautiful River Tigris running through it, part of the backdrop of the story, has become Iraq’s “Murder City,” divided up by the Sunnis, Shiites, Al Qaida and the Kurds with the dwindling Christian population as the victims of their crossfires. The Line in the Sand is a novel that offers a new insight to the tragedy of Iraq. It is an intimate look into some of the contentions that may push this nation into crisis and disaster.

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Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast

Usually people are using their smartphones to connect to Youtube to learn how to cook Assyrian Recipes. Most of the time it is hard to view or even hear the recipes off of a small screen device.

Google just released the Chromecast!! A cheap way to connect your devices to your TV with a simple HDMI dongle. It is called the Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player

The Chromecast plugs into your TV’s HDMI port, syncs with your Wifi and then connects with your devices so that you can push content to your TV. It is that Simple!!!! You can buy the Chromecast via Amazon (this qualifies for free shipping), Google, or Bestbuy!

Here is a link to purchase it off of amazon…FREE SHIPPING:
Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player

Happy Cooking!

 

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Join the Community! Add your timeless Assyrian Recipes!

Add your Assyrian Recipes!

Do you have Assyrian recipes that you want to share with the world? Did your parents/grandparents bake/cook/mix your favorite Assyrian dish that you want to share with the world? We want to ‘crowdsource’ quality recipes from the community so that anyone and everyone can enjoy! The service is FREE to share and use, so go and have a conversation with the best Assyrian cooks you know and have a blast sharing and using recipes on this site.

Interested! Create a free account to be able to contribute to the site: assyrianrecipes.com/account

  1. Simply add a user name and an email address
  2. An email will be sent with your Username and Password
  3. Come back to the site and login to add your favorite Assyrian Recipes

 

These Guys are signing up right now

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How to Add a Recipe

The following are the simple steps needed to add your Assyrian recipe to this site:

  1. Add Recipe Name (Keep it short)
  2. Add Simple and Concise Directions
  3. Check recipe Category
  4. Add Recipe Creator’s Name eg) John Doe
  5. Add Your Rating for the Recipe (1-Bad: 5-Best)
  6. Add Prep, Cook and Total Time
  7. Add Serving Size
  8. Add Ingredients list
  9. Add Cook Comments
  10. Add a Feature Image* (Mandatory)
    1. Image must be on a white plate/bowl with a minimal/blurred background

*The recipe will not be approved if a quality ‘Feature Image’ is not included

Click the link for a visual doc on How to add a recipe

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Ancient Assyrian Historical Notes

In an effort to provide a consolidated view of historical notes of the Ancient Assyrian peoples, I am proud to include Micheal Younan’s essay as a preface blog post for anyone interested in understanding who the Assyrians are and where they come from.

The Assyrians are Semitic people and are decedents of one of the earliest nations with a history of over 6000 years. They are the indigenous people of what is known today as ‘Iraq’. They built the first civilization in Mesopotamia (Assyria), the Cradle of Civilization, the land between two rivers – Tigris and Euphrates, in what is known to day as Iraq. The ancient Assyrian Language, Aramaic, belongs to the Semitic family of languages which is the language that our Lord Jesus Christ spoke and preached, and it is still practiced in the Assyrian Church of the East and all other Assyrian Church denominations.

Biblical Roots:

The name ‘Assyria’ (Ashur) is mentioned over 150 times in the Bible (old Testament) beginning in Genesis 2:-14: notably, in the Prophecy of Isaiah 19:23-25, Niv. “Blessed be Assyria, The work of my hands.”

The Assyrians were the first gentile nation of people, after Jerusalem (urshalim), to embrace Christianity and spread the word to India, China, Mongolia, Japan and Ethiopia.

Saint Mathew wrote the first Gospel in Aramaic

Innovation:

The Assyrians of Mesopotamia contributed greatly to the civilization of mankind by inventing and excelling in the areas of literature, architecture, agriculture, science and astronomy.

- Script Writing from early Picto-Graph (3100 B.C.) to Cuneiform (700 B.C.) to the first Alphabet (roughly 300B.C.)
- Creation of the first library, written on clay tablets in Nineveh City: Assembled by the great king Ashur Banipal (668-633) who collected 25,000 clay tablets in  Sumerian and Akkadian Many of which are now in the British Museum of London
- Calendar (Roughly 2400 B.C.), Glass (2700 B.C.), Irrigation systems (roughly 4000 B.C.), Numbers 1-9 and mathematics (3100 B.C.), Law Codes (1780B.C.), and the Wheel (roughly 3500B.C.), Circle- 360 degrees (roughly 3000 B.C.)

Food:

- Credited with the first documented recipes as they were written on clay tablets dating back to the 18th/17th Century B.C.
- Farming grew in Mesopotamia due to irrigation systems
- Diets included: bread, vegetables, fruit, animal products, barley, wheat, millet
- Barely and bread baked from flour became the staff of life
- Most important fruit crop were Dates. Dates were the first plants farmers domesticated. Date syrup was used as the main sweetener
- Vegetable Diet included: peas, beans, lentils, cucumbers, green lettuce, onions, garlic and sesame seeds
- Vegetable oil was also produced for cooking, cosmetics, tanning and rituals
- Fruit diet included: apples, apricots, figs, grapes, melons, mulberries, pears, plums, pomegranates and dates.
- Fruits were conserved in honey and dried
- Meats and fish were dried, smoked, salted for safe keeping or they were cooked by roasting, boiling, broiling or barbequing.
- Beef was in short supply in the beginning. Beef and veal were popular with those who could afford it
- Goats and cows were used for meat and dairy products
- Fish consumption was limited to availability

Drinks:

- Assyrian brewed Beer dating back to 3500-3100 BC
- Consumed beer with large straws from a communal jar
- Beer was more popular than wine in the beginning. Wine became a meal drink and was consumed in royal receptions and banquets
- Wine was stored in Goatskin containers

 

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Dolma

Dolma – An Assyrian Meal

Dolma has been a family dish that has been passed down from generation to generation and has many variations across many cultures from the Greeks and Armenians to the Assyrians.

What is Dolma?

Dolma is a stuffed vegetable dish. Most common vegetables include tomato, pepper, onion, zucchini and eggplant. Grape and cabbage leaves wrapped around a filling is considered a staple in the Assyrian community.

What is in the Dolma stuffing?

The stuffing/filling in dolmas are usually made up of rice, minced meat and/or grains. Specifically, onions, herbs like dill, parsley and spices make up the vegetarian ingredients. Meat is an option and depending on the culture making the dolma, lamb or beef is used.

How is Dolma served?

When meat is included, it is served warm with a refreshing garlic yogurt sauce. If meat is not included, dolma can be served cold.

For Assyrians, chicken or beef ribs can be added to the cooking pot and cooked in a tomato-based sauce.

Everyone has their own variations, but if you want to taste ours, check out the dolma recipe!

dolma

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