I have a hard time writing about myself, so I will just give you some quick facts about me..

  • I’m Palestinian living in Ramallah
  • I’m married and have 3 kids
  • I’m a byzantine chanting enthusiast and lead chanter at our church.
  • I’m an amateur photographer.. definitely Canon (6D / 24-70 2.8L / 70-200 2.8L / 100 2.8L macro)
  • I have a BA in Computer Science from Earlham College, Richmond, IN and an MBA from Birzeit University, Palestine.
  • My other blog: Jack’s Daily

Want to know more for any weird reason.. give me a buzzzz 🙂

— Jack Rabah



10 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Jack, great blog – thanks! I wonder if you would be interested in writing guest post for my blog. Several of my readers have expressed an interest in learning more about Byzantine Chant. I love it, but don’t know much about it. Specifically I would like to learn the basics, not of chanting, but of listening to chant. I would like to see the 8 tones compared in terms of what we are supposed to be feeling when we hear them. It can be like a foreign language, emotionally speaking. I would also like it if you could select one or two videos for each tone that illustrate the differences. (I really liked one video you had with instrumentation – for pedagogical purposes, to someone used to harmony and accompaniment, it just made more ear-sense.)

    Or if this doesn’t make any sense, something else about how to understand what we are hearing. Let me know, thanks! -Alana Roberts

      • Thank you! This post was very helpful. I think making a separate post for each tone is a wonderful idea. I decided to reblog the posts so that I can send readers to your blog.

        I guess one more thing that would really help would be to provide a translation or a link to a translation of the text for each video. If we can read the words and compare it to the music, that will helps us to understand the feelings.

        I look forward to reading upcoming posts.

        Thanks again!

  2. Dear Jack,

    I stumbled upon your site and am impressed. I live near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and am hoping you know of someone nearby that can help me with chanting. I conduct a choir and I would love to either have a chanter sing a couple things or have lessons and learn how to chant. Thank you.


    • Dear Brian,

      Apologies for such a late reply, but I haven’t been blogging much lately.. Sorry I can’t help with people in USA, but I’m sure you can find a lot of resources online (Youtube, and many other websites).


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