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The Festival of the 7th Month
October 3, 2005
The Day of Atonement
October 12, 2005
October 17, 2005
7 days of Succoth
October 17-23, 2005
Festival of the Eighth Day
(Rejoicing of the Torah)
October 24, 2005
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Peace Center on Mount Gerizim -
By Osher Sassoni
In the last few months, there have been reports in a A.B. Newspaper handout , which is spread among the members of the Samaritan community, and to others in Israel and around the world, concerning a new private initiative by the paper's editors.
The initiative talks about an international peace center that will be erected on the mountain of Gerizim, in Kiryat Luza and will attract tourists from all over the world.
According to the reports of A.B- News, contacts with different authorities, in order to raise funds, are already being conducted by the paper's editors. The center, according to the reports, is going to be erected in the middle of the Samaritan neighborhood that is located on the top of the mount. As it appears at the moment, though the campaign for raising funds, the initiate doesn't have any actual planning, and the dimness that wreathes it brings up numerous concerns:
exactly will this center include, and what will be its actions ?
The establishment of a center or any peace project of any kind on the top of mount Gerizim might have consequences that could affect, particularly, the way of life of those who live on the mountain, and the community members in general, who hope to preserve a normal and peaceful religious and social way of life. (Photo: The main street 2000)
The Samaritan-Israelite neighborhood on the top of mount Gerizim, where half of the community members live, contains only few tens of houses, built densely with a narrow main road which its length ,less then one kilometer passing through the neighborhood enabling the passing of vehicles from one edge of the neighborhood to another. Today, it is already being asked, where will the houses of the next generation be built in the existing neighborhood, and that is, due to the fact that the ground of the mountain is used almost completely and the new houses built today are on the outskirts. The establishment of a peace center in the middle of the neighborhood may attract groups of tourists from around the globe but will interfere the serenity of those who live on the mountain, and will increase the already extreme crowdedness whether because of the area which will be occupied by the structure or structures of this peace center, (and in that matter, it is most important to indicate that it is rational to assume that buildings of offices, guest houses, and staying houses for the visitors coming to the peace center will be needed), or whether because the increasing traffic in that main road. We all know the commotion that is an integral part of the day of the sacrifice of the Passover in which many tourists and journalists who come from different places in their private vehicles or in organized groups, produce a great denseness over the main road, and to a certain discomfort among the neighborhood's residents. Can anyone imagine this kind of situation on a daily basic or an ability to preserve a peaceful religious life in that kind of situation? (Photo: The main street at the Passover Sacrifice 2000.)
existence of a "peace center" in the middle of the neighborhood on
mountain Gerizim will attract high ranking visitors, from various
countries and cultures. This is indeed apparently, a utopian situation,
wished by all, or at least by most of us, and that's exactly the next
point. This center may constitute a great target for anti-peace terrorist
organizations that as known to have their base and source situated several
kilometers from there, at the center of the city of Nablus. Any sabotage
action, that might, God forbid, take place in the center of the
neighborhood, in order to harm the visitors of the center would be crucial
for a community of about 300 souls. In order to secure this center and in
order to conduct a center, a heavy security and a complicated
administration is required. Do any of us wish to have a security check
during our movements from our homes to the synagogue or any time, in order
to visit a brother who lives at the other end of the neighborhood ? Who
indeed needs it at all ? The existing problems, which we experience, are
These are only
a few questions and they, for sure, don't deal with all the issues that
should be taken into consideration before executing any decision to
establish this kind of center.
We all wish for peace, and there is no doubt that the Samaritan community can constitute an example with its ability of living in peace among the nations. There is also not a doubt that the community will be major benefited by peace in our area, but is peace is really the thing been searched by this initiative ?.....
The following information found below is part of the index to the book, Feasts & Fasts, A Festschrift in Honor of Alan David Crown, edited by Marianne Dacy, Jennifer Dowling and Suzanne Faigan, from Mandelbaum Publishing, Mandelbaum Studies in Judaica No. 11, University of Sydney. The book is dedicated to Professor Alan D. Crown, among whom outside of the Samaritan community has helped raise Samaritan Studies to the level it is today with his books articles teaching, support and his encouragement to his students, fellow professors, scholars and readers around the world. His editing of articles and books has assisted scholars to advance their knowledge, teaching and books to a higher level of integrity. Professor Crown is our modern day Moses Gaster!! We all wish to thank you for your past hard work and we all hope to read more from you in the future, time allowed for your wife and family of course which is most important!
Forthcoming soon will be Professor Crown's latest work, A Critical Edition of the Samaritan Pentateuch from Ten MSS and the Proto-Sam. Texts in the Qumran Scrolls. Also see 'The Status of Women in the Samaritan Sect, in M. Shalvi, ed. Jewish Women; A Comprehensive historical Encyclopedia (Jerusalem, Shalvi Publishing, Ltd. 2005). And should you ever get the chance to read the offprint from Samaritan, Hebrew and Aramaic Studies Presented to Professor Abraham Tal, edited by Moshe Bar-Asher and Moshe Florentin (The Bialik Institute, Jerusalem), you will find an article by Professor Crown entitled 'An alternative View of Qumran.' This article is very captivating and very insightful. It is a brilliant perspective of Qumran and the inhabitants. Thanks again Alan.
Also A Bibliography of the Samaritans: Third Edition: Revised, Expanded, and Annotated (Atla Bibliography) by Alan David Crown (Other Contributor) Scarecrow Press (August, 2005) In English ISBN: 081085659X
Feasts & Fasts, A Festschrift in Honor of Alan David Crown
Table of Contents
Letter from Ferdinand Dexinger to Professor Crown
Samaritan and Jewish Festivals: Comparative Considerations Ferdinand Dexinger
The Rabbis and Samaritan Circumcision Reinhard Pummer
Index to the Kitab al-Tarikh of Abul-Fath Paul Stenhouse
A Note on the Borrowing of scribal Habits in the Dead Sea Scrolls June Ashton
The Number of manuscripts and Compositions Found at Qumran Emanuel Tov
The Biblical Scrolls from Qumran and the Masortic Text: A Statistical Approach Ian Young
Women's Education and Study of Torah in the teaching of the sages of the Mishnah Ilana Beer
Jesus' Cleansing of the Temple and the Relationship to Passover or Festival Cleansing Antoinette Collins
Minim in Rabbinical Literature Marianne Dacy
Exodus Chronology John A. Franks
The historical Nature of the Old testament Sang Soo Jeon
The relationship Between Hayim Vital and Isaac Luria Orna Triguboff
Mayse fun Shloyme hameylekh: The hazards of Listening to Animals Jennifer Dowling
Literary Source and Creative Imagination in Moshe Shamir's Historical Novel Melekh basar vedam David Patterson
The Issue of Exile in Jewish Thought David Patterson
Moratorium on Reality? prime Minister Kallay and Hungarian Jewry, 1942-1944 T.D. Kramer
Alexander Barnard Davis- Colonial Clergyman Rabbi Raymond Apple
Immigrants from Eretz Israel in Perth and Melbourne, 1900-1930 Eliyahu Honig
The Evolution of the Bibliography of Austrralian Judaica Serge Liberman
Creating Intellectual and Cultural challenges: The Bridge Suzanna D. Rutland
Available from www.mandelbaum.usyd.edu.au
Research in Judah and Samaria
University of Ariel on June 2, 2005
We have not heard on this from any scholars
Robert Anderson and Terry Giles
Tradition Kept is an introduction to the sacred and religious literature of the Samaritans. This literature is rich, ancient, and allows for an understanding and appreciation of the Samaritan community as well as providing a wonderful compliment to better known Jewish and Christian writings. Tradition Kept presents introductions and excerpts from a wide variety of Samaritan literature, including the various versions of the Pentateuch, biblical commentaries, liturgical texts, theological works and chronicles. The book is divided into two main divisions. (Photo left: author Terry Giles)
The first section of Tradition Kept is a presentation of the narrative works that tell the Samaritan story: the Samaritan Pentateuch, the Samaritan Joshua, and the Annals or chronicles. The first of these three sets of works, the Samaritan Pentateuch, is the sacred text of the Samaritans. It is the basic source of Samaritanism. The Samaritan Pentateuch gives the Samaritan community its identity and begins the Samaritan story. The Samaritan Joshua continues the story from the time of Joshua up until the roman domination of Palestine. It takes the reader from the “period of divine favor” to the “period of divine disfavor” through the retelling of fantastic acts of heroism, deliverance, and disappointment. The Annals and chronicles pick up the story where the Samaritan Joshua left off and continue the Samaritan story right up to modern times. The cumulative effect of lacing these narrative works back-to-back is a window into the Samaritan self-understanding.
The second part of the Tradition Kept deals with religious writings that describe Samaritan ritual and theology. The core texts in his section of the book are the Tibat Marqe and the liturgy. Marqe presents the theology of the Samaritan community and the liturgy provides examples of how this theology expressed itself in the collective worship of the Samaritans. (adapted from Tradition Kept, xii-xiii with permission.)
The Personal Status
of the Samaritans in Israel
Benny Apologizes to Mr. Aryeh Herzig
mean to upset my old friend in New York Mr. Aryeh Herzig by using the
word "Fanatics" towards his Rabbis in Boro Park.
Apology to Mr. Aryeh Herzig from the Editor
The Samaritan Update would also like to apologize for not fully editing the article, 'Samaritan Decalogue Inscription in Brooklyn' in the January issue of our updates. I am so sorry that this happened and I will be more careful in the future. One of the main articles of Samaritan is that one should love his fellow man and regard him as as a friend. One should not offend a friend, it just is not right to do so. Mr. Herzig, we wish to remain a friend, and we are so sorry that this happened. I do not normally change an issue of the updates but in this case I shall!, I am so sorry this happened!!!!!
Listen to the link http://www.tzafonet.org.il/kehil/music03/music/ivrit/tanac/shiratkria.mp3
Samaritan Article http://www.dangoor.com/TheScribe70.pdf
Samaritan alphabet http://www.omniglot.com/writing/samaritan.htm
Guard's of Mount Grizim by Alex Maist http://www.jewishmag.co.il/78mag/samaritans/samaritans.htm
A JEWISH SECT WHICH HAS SURVIVED THE CRUEL PREJUDICE OF THE JEWS. THEY ARE REFERRED TO IN THE GOSPELS, AND THEY HAD A CENTRAL TEMPLE LIKE THE ONE IN JERUSALEM--jk. http://skeptically.org/oldtestament/id13.html
The Samaritans: Origin and Beliefs:zajel / An-Najah National University
Samaritan Pentateuch Copies Israel Samaritans Temple Testament.
The Samaritans - A Jewish Sect in Israel Strategies for Survival of an Ethno-religious Minority in the Twenty First Century by Sean Ireton University of Kent at Canterbury MA Dissertation for Ethnicity, Nationalism and Identity http://www.anthrobase.com/Txt/I/Ireton_S_01.htm
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