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December 1

Saint of the day:

Prophet Nahum 

Prophet Nahum 's Story 

Nahum (/ˈneɪ.əm/ or /ˈneɪhəm/; Hebrew: נַחוּם‎ Naḥūm) was a minor prophet whose prophecy is recorded in the Tanakh, also called the Hebrew Bible and The Old Testament. His book comes in chronological order between Micah and Habakkuk in the Bible. He wrote about the end of the Assyrian Empire, and its capital city, Nineveh, in a vivid poetic style.

Little is known about Nahum's personal history. His name means "comforter," and he was from the town of Alqosh (Nahum 1:1), which scholars have attempted to identify with several cities, including the modern Alqosh in northern Iraq and Capharnaum of northern Galilee. He was a very nationalistic Hebrew, however, and lived amongst the Elkoshites in peace. Nahum, called "the Elkoshite", is the seventh in order of the minor prophets.







Alqosh, Iraq




Iraqi Date Cookies (Baba Be’Tamar)

Perfect Iraqi date cookies filled with dates and sesame coating - one of the delicious cookies along with a cup of hot Iraqi tea.


The dough
  • 1 kg AP flour, sifted

  • 3 tablespoons Dry yeast

  • 1 cup Sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt

  • 3/4 cup Canola oil

  • Water, 2 cups, lukewarm

  • Baking hawaij, 1 tablespoon

The filling
  • 500 g Date pulp, without pits

The coating
  • 100 g Sesame, as needed


  1. In the mixer bowl, briefly mix the flour together with the dry yeast, sugar, baking soda and salt.

  2. While kneading, add the oil and then gradually the water, and continue to mix until you get a dough that is easy to work with (add the water slowly while kneading, it may be necessary to add or reduce the amount of the water).

  3. Place the dough covered in plastic wrap for about an hour to rise.

  4. Take a ball in the size of a ping pong ball from the dough, fill a spoonful of the dates filling, close, dip in sesame seeds and flatten into a circle with a rolling pin.

  5. Place in the baking pan of the oven on baking paper, and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for about half an hour or until the cookies are baked well (depending on the type of the oven - pay attention during the baking).

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