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Fraternitatis Orientis et Occidentis

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Karaite, Sadducean, Samaritan

#EUDialogues: Mediterranean hybridization

Since Frans Timmermans – First Vice President of the European Commission – came to Syracuse (September 1, #EUDialogues the Greek Theatre), we took courage, starting to setting positive actions for inter-religious dialogue between philosophical and non-confessional organizations.


The memory of Shimon Peres, President of Israel (shown here in the center of the picture with, to his right, the PLO leader Yasser Arafat and to his left Yitzhak Rabin, together in the act of receiving the prize Nobel Peace Prize in 1995 in the Oslo Accords reason), this is another help to revive the thought that a different balance in the Middle East is possible. Unfortunately, today the harrowing truths are the conflicts that tear Syria and threatening the peace in Libya, Algeria and Tunisia. Notwithstanding, there is no other way to take action that can be sustained and convergent, if not that of dialogue which, even more than politics, should be on the level of culture and values.

samaritansWith this understanding, we have recently organized – together with the Knights of Damon and Pithyas, INFORUM Association – a workshop on the intermediary role of the Samaritans – October 25 in Catania and 26 in Syracuse – with Beyamim Sedaka, president of the Community of the Samaritans, which offered an interesting perspective on another way of understanding Judaism than the dominant rabbinic tradition. The Samaritans in fact express a historically founded distinct position that, although now seems smaller compared to the hegemony of rabbinic Judaism, is manifested very relevant for its great capacity for tolerance, openness, modernity in tradition. It is not to be forgotten that the Samaritans (ie that part of the people of Israel who, after the destruction of Solomon’s Temple, identified their capital in Samaria), they living today partly in the State of Israel (in particular, in the city of Cholon, south Tel Aviv) and partly in the so-called West Bank (Mount Garizim). This special condition of “people of the two sides” confers to them a special status in the Israel ID. That is, beyond the wall of Jerusalem, something which constitutes one of those  hybridized realities  contributing to dialogue and mutual understanding.


This premise has created, as a natural continuation of this laboratory for dialogue, the new round of the November 3, specially focused on the size of the hybridized cultures leverages trying to probe a multi-faceted, varied Mediterranean identity. Starring Suzana Glavas and Michele Gazich, the debate will start from a connecting section between Sicily with Croatia through these “Mediterranean networks” – right through secret ties that Israel Samaritan always in dialogue with the Arabs and with the Greeks – for business, for culture, knowledge and tradition – carries  that make poetry, art, music and allow us to grasp, with the modern sense and future prospects, the sense of continuity and of belonging, far beyond the economic conveniences of power too often to the detriment of concrete persons.



The Sons of the Phoenix


allow me to express the pleasure in having sharing with you the day of the Liza Lewelyn`s conference on the Phoenician, now a short movie that you can see here through by the connective link above. As I had the possibility to tell you in presence, I`m fully persuaded that the matter is important to get a more modern view on the concept of truth, improved with the awareness that there is always something that is more ancient and came before.
As anthropology and sociology achieved in past century, after all – with full respect for believers – religions have been in the main part an “instrumentum regni“, a tool to administrate the power, and not a path to improve the individual awareness and consciousness, as the spiritual mission should do.
Phoenincians came before Islamic, Catholic and even Jewish.  At last, we may say that the prophet Abraham was a Chaldean – which means a Mesopotamian, as the book of Genesis describe him leaving the city of Ur.  This means that we may consider these ancient cultures as the better connection with the nuclear core of sacred teachings, which were spread all around the world through by the hegemony over the sea of the main ancient civilization, and this is the special role of the Phoenicians.
This suggestion, maybe may appear not so much integrated with present days and actual problems, anyway, it is a narrow door to understand that there are different ways to think, and that entering the spiritual path is an opportunity to leave the confusion of the world and get inside into a dimension of consciousness that is so precious to have an healthier rapport with the intimate yourself and a better connection with others.
This is the reason why Fondazione M is engaged in generate conditions to debate and enhance individual awareness and collective and the social, transpersonal connective intelligence.  You may find us at the web address linked above, and contact us at this email address .  
Help us in spreading awareness in the whole world!
David C. Crimi

Giulio Crimi (Tenor)

Giulio Crimi as Vasco da Gama

Foto: Giulio Crimi come Vasco da Gama in ”L’africana”

Giulio Crimi (Paterno 1885 – Roma 1939) ha studiato a Catania con Adernò e ha fatto il suo debutto a Palermo, come Manrico in ” Il trovatore ”, nel 1910, in seguito appare a Treviso come Hagenbach in ” La Wally ”. Ha cantato in tutta Italia, Roma, Milano, ecc, e ha creato a Torino il ruolo di Paolo a Zandonai ” Francesca da Rimini ” nel 1914. Lo stesso anno ha visto il suo debutto a Londra, dove ha cantato il ruolo di Avito nel premiere locale di ” L’amore dei tre re ”, presso la Royal Opera House. Nel 1916, ha debuttato al Teatro Colón di Buenos Aires, e alla Lyric Opera di Chicago. Il suo debutto Metropolitan Opera ha avuto luogo nel novembre 1918, nel ruolo di Radames in ” Aida ”, il mese successivo (il 14 dicembre), ha creato il ruolo di Luigi e Rinuccio nelle opere di Puccini ” Il tabarro ” e ” Gianni Schicchi ”. Rimase al Met fino al 1922, cantando Rodolfo, Alfredo, Turiddu, Canio, Chénier, Milio. Altri ruoli importanti inclusi; des Grieux, Alvaro, Walther, Vasco, ecc Egli si ritirò dalle scene nel 1927, e ha insegnato a Roma, dove morì. Tra i suoi allievi era Tito Gobbi.

Giulio Crimi studied in Catania with Adernò and made his debut in Palermo, as Manrico in ‘’Il trovatore’’, in 1910, later appearing in Treviso as Hagenbach in ‘’La Wally’’. He sang throughout Italy, Rome,Milan, etc., and created in Turin the role of Paolo in Zandonai‘s ‘’Francesca da Rimini’’ in 1914. That same year saw his debut in London, where he sang the role of Avito in the local premiere of ‘’L’amore dei tre re’’, at the Royal Opera House. In 1916, he made his debut at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. His Metropolitan Opera debut took place in November 1918, as Radames in ‘’Aida’’, the following month (on December 14) he created the roles of Luigi and Rinuccio in the Puccini operas ‘’Il tabarro’’ and ‘’Gianni Schicchi’’. He remained at the Met until 1922, singing Rodolfo, Alfredo, Turiddu, Canio, Chénier, Milio. Other notable roles included; des Grieux, Alvaro, Walther, Vasco, etc. He retired from the stage in 1927, and taught inRome, where he died. Amongst his pupils was Tito Gobbi

Cronologia di alcune apparizioni

1914 Milano Teatro Dal Verme Carmen (Don Jose)
1914 Madrid Teatro Reale Carmen (Don Jose)
1915 San Pellegrino Terme Kursaal Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1916 Roma Teatro Costanzi Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1916 Buenos Ayres Teatro Colon Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1916 Chicago Civic Opera House Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1916 Chicago Civic Opera House Boheme (Rodolfo)
1917 Chicago Civic Opera House Boheme (Rodolfo)
1919 Buenos Ayres Teatro Coliseo Boheme (Rodolfo)
1921 Buenos Ayres Teatro Colon Boheme (Rodolfo)
1921 Città del Messico Esperanza Iris Boheme (Rodolfo)
1922 Catania Anfiteatro Ganci Carmen (Don Jose)
1922 Chicago Civic Opera House Carmen (Don Jose)
1923 Chicago Civic Opera House Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1924 Rio de Janeiro Teatro Municipal Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1924 San Paolo Teatro Municipal Andrea Chenier (Chenier)
1926 Napoli Teatro San Carlo Andrea Chenier (Chenier)


Vocalion (H & S), USA 1918/1919
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): Vesti la giubba 50000
Aida (Verdi): La pietra fatale … Morir si pura e bella con Rosa Raisa 52023

Vocalion, USA 1920 – 1924
Ninna nanna (Tirindelli) 60028
Manon Lescaut (Puccini): Donna non vidi mai 60030
O sole mio (Di Capua) 60040
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armonia 60030
Zaza (Leoncavallo): E un riso gentil 60017
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna è mobile 60035
Manon (Massenet): Sogno 60035
Trovatore (Verdi): Di quella pira 60049
Trovatore (Verdi): Ah! si, ben mio 60049
L’ultima canzone (Tosti) 55003
Africana (Meyerbeer): O Paradiso 70026
Zaza (Leoncavallo): O mio piccolo tavolo 55006
Trovatore (Verdi): Miserere con Rosa Raisa 55.007
Favorita (Donizetti): Spirto gentil 52004
Trovatore (Verdi): Ai nostri monti con Marguerite D’Alvarez 52011
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Addio alla madre 70023
Aida (Verdi): O terra addio con Rosa Raisa 52043
Boheme (Puccini): Che gelida manina 70026
Madama Butterfly (Puccini): O quanti occhi fisi con Sundelius 52014

Pubblicato da Ashot Arakelyan su Forgotten Opera Singers


Jasmine, Revolution, Liberté, Emancipation

The Jasmine Revolution needs to be supported and understood. Western thought have to meet the Eastern.  Sufism is a special key. La Révolution des Jasmines doit être soutenue et comprise. La pensée de l’Occident doit répondre à celui de l’Est. Le Soufisme est une clé trés spéciale.

With “The M Foundation”, we are engaged in the attempt to spread a new paradigm of a open society, with special emphasis on hybridate cultures.  Qaraimi, Donme, Shabbatai Tzevi, Jakob Frank and the inheritors of this tradition by mixing with the Rosicrucian sources are important statements of this opportunity.  And also the connection between Hebrew and Arab source are not so strange in the land were I live (and where The M Foundation got its physical settlement), Sicily.

Doing this work, we “received” a text called Qur’an Thelema, we sincerely think needs to be shared and understood and, with all humility and with all the blessing, I would like to show you through the link clicking on the image above.

See also

The true spiritual leader is Rumi

This article (Melody Moezzi,, Friday 10 June 2011) , states that “Many Iranians are turning away from the regime’s brand of Islam, but they trust the moral authority of the Sufi poet”.  This is the kind of news which improve the feeling of the need of a new way to communicate between East and West, through hybridate cultures.

Jasmine, Liberté, Freedom

تالتصوف هو التنفس من الرياح التي تهب من البحر المتوسط​​. أوروبا والغرب، مع السياسات الامبريالية وسخيفة في اسم من النفط، من المرجح أن إذلال إحياء البحر الأبيض المتوسط​​، ورفض هؤلاء الناس الذين ينشدون الحرية ويلهم في نفوسهم فكرة أن الاحتمال الوحيد هو الجهاد . رقم رقم رقم وشعب حر، والاستخبارات تعزيز ويجب أن تحفز على الحوار مع شعب حر من بلدان المغرب العربي في حاجة لفتح وتنوير العالم مع الشركة الجديدة ، التي لا تقبل العقيدة، ولهذا السبب، لم يعد خائفا من متعال. سبب هذا هو شجرة الحياة الجديدة التي تشرق في فجر الذهبي، كلمته لثيليما.

Sufismo è il respiro del vento che spira dal Mediterraneo. L’Europa e l’Occidente, con la loro politica imperialista e sciocca, in nome del petrolio, rischiano di umiliare il risorgimento Mediterraneo, respingendo questi popoli che cercano la libertà e animando in loro l’idea che l’unica possibilità è la Jihad. No. No. No. La gente libera, promuovendo l’intelligenza, deve animare il dialogo con la gente libera dei Paesi del Maghreb, occorre aprire il mondo e illuminarlo con una Ragione nuova, che non accetta il dogma e, proprio per questo, non ha più paura del trascendente. Questa Ragione nuova è l’Albero della Vita che risplende in un’Alba d’Oro, la sua parola è Thelema.

Sufism is the breath of the wind that blows from the Mediterranean. Europe and the West, with their imperialist policies and silly in the name of oil, are likely to humiliate the Mediterranean revival, rejecting those people who seek freedom and inspires in them the idea that the only possibility is the Jihad. No. No. No. The free people, promoting intelligence, must spur on dialogue with the free people of the Maghreb countries need to open and enlighten the world with a new Company, which does not accept the dogma, and for this reason, no longer afraid of the transcendent. This new Reason is the Tree of Life that shines in the Golden Dawn, his word is Thelema.

Le soufisme est le souffle du vent qui souffle de la Méditerranée. Europe et l’Occident, avec leur politique impérialiste et stupide au nom de l’huile, sont de nature à humilier le renouveau d’une Méditerranée, en rejetant ceux qui recherchent la liberté et leur inspire l’idée que la seule possibilité est le Jihad. Non! Le peuple libre, l’intelligence, doit animer le dialogue avec les peuples libres des pays du Maghreb qui ont besoin d’ouvrir et éclairer le monde avec une nouvelle société, qui n’accepte pas le dogme, et pour cette raison, n’ont plus peur de la transcendance. Cette nouvelle Raison c’est l’arbre de vie qui brille dans la Golden Dawn, sa parole est Thelema.

סופיות היא משב הרוח הנושבת מן הים התיכון. באירופה המערבית, עם המדיניות האימפריאליסטית שלהם טיפשי בשם הנפט, צפויים להשפיל את התחייה התיכון, דוחה אותם אנשים המבקשים חופש מעוררת בהם את הרעיון כי האפשרות היחידה היא ג ‘יהאד . מס מס מס ‘האנשים החופשיים, מודיעין קידום, חייב לדרבן על דיאלוג עם העם חינם של מדינות המגרב צריך לפתוח להאיר את העולם עם חברה חדשה, אשר אינה מקבלת את הדוגמה, ומסיבה זו, לא מפחד יותר העילאי. מסיבה זו הוא עץ החיים החדש כי זורחת בשחר הזהב, מילה שלו היא


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