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Happy Valentine’s Day! (Now also in Mandaic)


My colleague James McGrath composed a beautiful Mandaic poem for the annual Eisenbrauns Valentine’s Day Contest and took first place!

Sadly, my entry (the Syriac Heart Pendants I’ve made) didn’t make it this year, but I’m glad to have helped co-edit the winning entry. 🙂

Next year however, James, Charles, and I may collaborate on another Mandaic endeavor and actually submit a Mandaic prayer bowl with poetry inscribed upon it, so we’ll see how that goes. 🙂


Here’s a bit from the GAL010: Everyday Aramaic (Galilean) course over at DARIUS in line with the season, how to say “I love you” in early Galilean Aramaic:

Latest Lesson: Holiday: Valentine’s Day

From a man to a woman

From a woman to a man

If you wish to be sweet, you can also follow it up with (“with all my heart”).


Syriac “Heart” – Something I made for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day steadily approaching, I had an idea in my head a few weeks back that I posted to the Free Aramaic Design of the Day: The Syriac Aramaic word “leba” (“heart” or “mind”) stylized in such a way that the lamad curls around to make the shape of a heart.

Over the past two days I made a mold, cast and painted them and was surprised at how well they came out, so they’re now up on Aramaic Designs. 🙂