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“Egypt as a Frame-Work for peace in Middle East, International Journal of Multidisciplinary Thought”, vol. 3, nr. 2, 2013. (SUA)


ABSTRACT

Middle East is perceived as a hot place because of the great tensions and wars in the area, but especially because of the Arab-Israeli conflict. A solution to make at least little steps towards the peace process seems impossible, as all the time the words Arab and Jews are seen as opposed in people’s perception and mentality, but also because of the continuous negative activities. The duty to bring a change in the area falls mainly on Egypt, which is the leading country in Middle East and has a great influence and power all over the Arabic world. For thousands of years, Egypt has also been, in spite of periods of persecution, a place of refuge for the Jewish Community in times of sorrow, and the place of linking the two worlds. The research will look into the History of the Jews in Egypt to find the links that can be used for reconciliation in our times.

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International Journal of Multidisciplinary Thought,

CD-ROM. ISSN: 2156-6992 :: 3(2):1–9 (2013)

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“Jews in Egypt. Aliya and Yerida early period according to the book of Genesis”, The Scientific Journal of Humanistic Studies, March 2013


 

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This game of “come and go”, expressed by the terms of aliya and yerida, performed ​​constantly has a double connotation. Aliya refers both to a religious term and a political one, each meaning having a few branches. Yerida comes as an antonym of the word aliya.

A very interesting thing is that the Old Testament or the Tanakh begins with yerida and ends with aliya. In the first book of the Tanakh, in Bereshit / Genesis there is the term arad (from which derives yerida). According to the biblical text in chapter 46, verse 4, God commanded Israel – Yaacov (Jacob) to leave Canaan to Egypt (“I myself will go down (arad) with you to Egypt, and I myself will get you out of there again, and Joseph will close your eyes.”)[1]

The placing of the books in the Tanakh is different from the Christian Bible, the Old Testament book ending with Divrei Hayamim / Chronicles. The last verse of the book ends with the following words, when the Hebrew people was in exile: “Who among you is of His people? Lord your God be with you, and leave!”, But instead of the verb “leave”, in Hebrew there is the verb ala, “to ascend”, but that also means “to start”. (Strong’s Hebrew and Greek dictionaries, E-Sword soft) The important fact is that the Holy Scriptures end with this verb and the return to Eretz Israel becomes therefore an imperative. Consequently, the two terms are not only in opposition due to the connotation, but also because of their place in the holy writings. Moreover, if God commanded Jacob to go to Egypt, the command will eventually be turned into a ban and punishment. After the Hebrew people greatly increased in number in Egypt and were enslaved, the deliverance from slavery was accompanied by the prohibition to return (or at least this was the interpretation of the biblical text by Jewish theologians). Through this, the opposition of the terms and the tension amplify more and more.


[1] אָנֹכִי, אֵרֵד עִמְּךָ מִצְרַיְמָה, וְאָנֹכִי, אַעַלְךָ גַם-עָלֹה; וְיוֹסֵף, יָשִׁית יָדוֹ עַל-עֵינֶיךָ

New publication: “Democratic and religious trends in twenty-first century Egypt. The young people’s revolution in Tahrir square, 2011.” in UBB’s conference book “Cha(lle)nging Democracy at the Beginning of 21st Century”, Efes, Editors: Monica Merutiu, Christian Schuster, Ciprian Bogdan, 2012.


UntitledShort insight: “Mass-media transmitted a false message that Egypt is living an Arab spring, but instead of going through this positive situation, it is passing through an Arab winter.
Egypt, which met a democratization at the beginning of 20 century, woke up at the beginning of 21 century in the radical part of the Islamic palette.”

 

SUSŢINEREA PUBLICĂ A TEZEI DE DOCTORAT CU TITLUL: Frăţia paradoxală şi istoria ciclică. Evrei şi egipteni în istorie şi teologie


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18 septembrie 2013, 13:00
FACULTATEA Istorie și Filosofie
LOCUL SUSȚINERII Aula Ferdinand, str. Napoca, nr. 11
AUTORUL TEZEI DE DOCTORAT ISTRATE Ligia Ligia Istrate
TITLUL TEZEI DE DOCTORAT Frăţia paradoxală şi istoria ciclică. Evrei şi egipteni în istorie şi teologie
DOMENIUL DE DOCTORAT Istorie
COMISIA DE DOCTORAT Președinte:
Conf. univ. dr. BUCUR Marius

(Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca)

Conducător/Conducători de doctorat:
Prof. univ. dr. BOLOVAN Ioan

(Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca)

Referenți:
Prof. univ. dr. FAUR Antonio

(Universitatea din Oradea)

Conf. univ. dr. BRIE Mircea

(Universitatea din Oradea)

Prof. univ. dr. CHIRILĂ Ioan

(Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca)
TEZA ESTE DEPUSĂ LA Biblioteca de Istorie Modernă

Malta conference 2013


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From 3 to 7 March I have participated to Malta conference, where I have spoken about the basis for future peace between Jews and Arabs. I have approached the situation of the Jews in Egypt as a case study for coexistence and show the richness that has come out of it.

Starting from the awareness of a joint past, the basis for a future tolerance could be built. Even though this thing is impossible for the moment, it is important to start working at it in order that reconciliation may be possible in the future. pageThis conference was of great value and gave me the opportunity to meet Arabic and Islamic scholars from all over the world.

 

 

Teaching at Wesleyan Seminar in Budapest


On 8.12.2012 I was invited to the Wesleyan Seminar in Budapest by the Hungary’s director of the European Nazarene College to give a motivational lecture on the Hebrew Language and Culture to the second year students.Image

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