All the Days of Our Lives”
November/ December 2013 Vol. XIII - No 2
In This Issue ·
Return to Gerizim ·
In the News ·
New Publications ·
From the Editor ·
Videos & pictures ·
Atlas cover ·
In This Issue
· Return to Gerizim
· In the News
· New Publications
· From the Editor
· Videos & pictures
· Atlas cover
· Prayer book
Tenth Month 3652 - Tuesday Evening, December 31, 2013
Eleventh Month 3652 - Thursday Evening, January 30, 2014
Twelfth Month 3652 - Friday Evening, February 28, 2014
First day of the First Month 3652 - Sunday Evening., March 30, 2014
Passover Sacrifice - Sunday, April 13, 2014
Festival of Passover. First Day of Matzos - Monday, April 14, 2014
Festival of Unleavened Bread - first Pilgrimage. – Sun. April 20, 2014
Festival of Weeks. Second Pilgrimage - Sunday, June 8, 2014
Snow News- Dec. 15
Unexpected heavy snow, not common in the middle of December has fallen on Kiriat Luza, the Samaritan Neighborhood on Mount Gerizim, Samaria, the Land of Promise. The last heavy snowfall was reported to have been 70 years ago. Electricity and water were cut for 48 hours and the situation was still hard to handle when snow still heavily falling. Palestinian and Israeli forces were drafted to help the trapped community with food and clearing the main roads to the top of the mountain. The leadership of the Israelite Samaritan Community on Mount Gerizim has paid her gratitude to the authorities.
(Photo next page from Huffington Post)
A Samaritan priest clears the snow on the roof of his house at Mount Gerzim near the West Bank town of Nablus, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. A winter storm last week dumped rare snow across the region and caused heavy disruptions in the West Bank, where roads were blocked, schools were closed and electricity was out for two or three days in many areas. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
WHAT IT MEANS: "AND YOU SHALL BIND THEM FOR A SIGN ON YOUR HANDS, AND THEY SHALL BE A TOTAFOT BETWEEN YOUR EYES”? [DUET. 6:8]
By: Benyamim Tsedaka
TOTAFOT = Memory
The Jewish Mishnah and Talmud sources admit, that they are careful commandments more than the Jews understood the matter on loan spiritual context of remembering the commandments: "And did you recall all the commandments of God." In front of the Shehma. The verse: "and you shall bind them as a sign on your hands and they will be a memorial between your eyes" [Ex, 13:9]. The written story of the Exodus is the source of the commandment. So, Totafot = "Memorial". This is the Samaritan Israelite understanding.
The binding: The Samaritan Israelites also understood this as a spiritual connection as the connection between Jacob and Benyamim: "and his soul is bound in his soul" [Genesis, 44:30]
In general, the link that practical Judaism regards of tying the tefillin on the arm as a commandment is stated as the source of the Exodus from Egypt was a complete freedom from slavery, and it is illogical, commanding the Exodus from Egypt is interpreted related practical binding, that is a symbol of slavery and had no connection to freedom .
Even doorposts were understood by Israelite Samaritans literally. They choose verses with positive meaning, blessing or holiness of the Torah voluntarily, and engrave the words of the Torah in ancient Hebrew on the panels of marble and place them in their homes or who write them in artistic writing on parchment paper and hanging them on the walls of their homes.
Separation of the Jews
Perhaps it was intended by
Judaism to distinguish itself from the Israelite Samaritans as other
regulations of the fixed Judaism of the Second Temple period to separate
themselves from the influence of the Israelite Samaritans. A few cities and
many villages drew Jews and Samaritans together or near them.
Regulations, such as a change in the Hebrew script into Aramaic, "Pleasures of Shabbat", candle lighting, counting the Omer on the morrow sabbatical, setting New Year at the top of the seventh month and ease the laws of purity and impurity initiated by the Jewish Rabbis are not contingent on complete separation during woman monthly period, Jewish women continue to cook, taking care of their home and children.
All these regulations Rabbinic Judaism is completely contrary to the written Torah of the Jewish and the Samaritan versions but have been modified by Rabbinic Judaism in what Jews call the "Oral Torah" to be differentiated from the Israelite Samaritans.
I smile once reading scholarly articles about "separation of the Samaritans" from the Jews, written with a patronage ratio of these "scholars". In the contrary this separation was set in Judaism toward the Samaritans, and ignore the many commandments of the Torah showing that in the Mishna and the Talmud period, the rabbis of the Jews moved away from the Samaritans and not vice versa.
Today you can find quite a few rabbinic Jews, due to the patronizing attitude, rejecting the Israelite Samaritans as they reject Jewish main streams behave differently from them, but you will not find one Israelite Samaritan unconvinced fact that Jews are an integral part of Israel.
THE RETURN TO MOUNT GERIZIM – THE MOUNTAIN OF BLESSINGS
By: Benyamim Tsedaka
I returned last week to
Mount Gerizim – the domestic and eternal dwelling place of the Almighty - after
three months of absence, Holon holiday a month and two months of campaigns in Europe
and the U.S., I returned safely to the Land of Promise last Thursday - 26
I woke up in my heated summer house on Mount Gerizim on the first day of 2014, to the ever- sunny morning and conserve heat. I went out into the courtyard of my house and I immediately saw the results of the snow storm, struck at the peak of the mountain and Kiriat Luza – the Israelite Samaritan Neighborhood - more than anywhere in the country.
The trees around the yard were completely broken from the storm and limbs were amputated. Their branches covered the yard and the stairs to the house. In the yard were two piles of snow still not melted yet despite the intervening two weeks since the snow storm.
I smiled to myself – I had quite nice weather in the middle of USA.
I enlisted promptly two workers from those moving around, cleaned up what needed cleaning, collecting tree branches broken from the ranks of the roses plants and revive the plants shaking easy. I asked the workers to cut part of the lemon tree branches to prepare it to the upcoming spring bloom next month.
Shortly afterwards I visited some of my many friends and relatives on the mountain. They told me excitedly the effects of the snow storm of the Sabbath two weeks ago when the cut off electricity and water were off for 48 hours.
Meanwhile, Israel and the Palestinians came to their aid. Palestinian Electric Company renewed its electrical power, and the Council of Shomron Settlements sent snowplows and food.
Isaac Altif, secretary of the Mount community committee told me about the long hours that stressed all members of the community in which it was given, but the snow storm he could not do anything, because it was Saturday. "Council of communities in Samaria sent us food parcels, including oil, milk, bread, honey, flour, rice and more. We have distributed the packages by list to every home in Mount Gerizim even to the few Arab neighborhood families. The Samaritans were very happy for the help,” said Isaac.
I went back to my house after I informed my friends of a possibility that a storm may return in mid-January and possibly in February. The workers were still cleaning my yard. Significant storms still excited the talk of the people, but the warm sun rays take their toll calm. It seems that everything has returned to normal.
"Among other things, more than four hundred coins were found which are mostly Byzantine, including one gold coin, as well as two hundred whole and intact Samaritan lamps (among them lamps that were never used), rings and gold jewelry," Tal and Ajami said in a statement from the IAA.
Photo: Rabbi Shaul Praver with Samaritan Chancellor Benyamin Tsedaka on November 24. Rabbi Praver had just been presented with The Samaritan Peace Medal.
On Sunday, November 24, Rabbi Shaul Praver was awarded the Samaritan Peace Medal. This award was presented to Rabbi Praver, of Congregation Adath Israel, by Samaritan Chancellor Benyamim Tsedaka, editor of AB — The Samaritan News and tireless world advocate of the Samaritan people and their rich historical traditions. Continued reading
(Oxford-Warburg Studies) [Hardcover] January 31, 2014 0199682143 978-0199682140
The Samaritan Version of the Book of Numbers With Hebrew Variants: A Close Textual Study [Hardcover] By David Lee Phillips, Publisher: Edwin Mellen Pr (January 15, 2014)
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· Biblical Studies, Ancient Near East and Early Christianity E-Books Online, Collection 2013
From the Editor
Benyamim Tsedaka. It is called The Samaritan Hebrew Version of the Book of Joshua written by the Samaritan priest Abisha b. Phinas in the year 1326 Hijra [Muslim Calendar] 1909 C.E. (Photo to left Priest Abisha)
You can download the PDF and then magnify the image like any PDF to read it clearly. Here is the link.
By Maria Haralambakis 2012
From my research I ran across a Newspaper article wherein the 1954 article stated that Edwin Whistlers of Spokane, Washington had shown a film, the article describes is as this” The Whislers were entertained in the home of a Samaritan priest, who displayed the scroll of the torah- a manuscript of the first five books of the Old Testament.” So in my share time I will try to locate the film if possible. The called it, “The Lands of the Bible Speaks.”
Also “Beidan is noticed in the Samaritan book of Joshua as being the place of purification of the hosts entering Palestine to build the temple on Gerizim. The upper part of the great Wady Farah, by which a host from beyond Jordan would naturally approach Shechem, is called Beidan, and is well supplied with water for the purifications described.” “Notes From Memoir” Palestine Exploration Fund London: January 1878 p. 20
Also see Downloads and Links for another Pentateuch
Walton’s Polyglot was a mammoth work compiled by Brian Walton, consisting of the Bible in Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Chaldean, Samaritan, Greek, Arabic, Ethiopic, Latin, plus variant readings of Codices Alexandrinus and Vaticanus, in 1657!
Walton’s Polyglot, Part 1, Prolegomena & Variant Readings, PDF, 185 MB Here.
Walton’s Polyglot, Part 2, Genesis – Leviticus A, PDF, 100 MB Here.
Walton’s Polyglot, Part 3, Leviticus B – Judges A, PDF, 101 MB Here.
2014 INTERNATIONAL MEETING
Begins: 7/6/2014 Meeting Ends: 7/10/2014
Call for Papers Opens: 10/28/2013 Call For Papers Closes: 2/5/2014
San Diego, CA
Meeting Begins: 11/22/2014 Meeting
Call for Papers Opens: 12/20/2013 Call for Papers Closes: 3/5/2014
Videos & Pictures
Valley of the Shechem
[Film from the 1920. Samaritans start at 8:21 in the film]
Clip #: TFA-199G- Length: 13:24 Color: B/W Sound:
Country: Palestine Subject: Religion Original: 16mm
1920s, Palestine, Israel, Sichem, Valley of Shechem, Tell Balata, Balata al-Balad, ancient city, Bethel, caravan of pack donkeys in desert, old city street scene, Jacob's Well, native men in traditional clothing walking on road, Dothan, shepherd herding sheep, herd of goats, boys in traditional clothing soaking feet in Jacob's Well water, men riding donkeys and leading camels on road, camel caravan, camel train, valley, Joseph's Tomb, ancient city, Mount Gerizim, Mount Ebal, tent settlement, temple on Mount Gerizim, tribe of Samaritans, Samaria, Samaria ruins, city gate, Nablus.
Shechem or Sichem was a Canaanite city mentioned in the Amarna letters, and is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as an Israelite city of the tribe of Manasseh and the first capital of the Kingdom of Israel
21 October 2013 by Nir Alon
MyIsraeliGuide.com: Benjamin and Samaria
Samaritans on Mt Gerizim
Atlas Biblique Pour Tous.
Livre - Rp Luc H Grollenberg Op. - 01/01/1960 – 1968 Broché
Titre: ATLAS BIBLIQUE POUR TOUS
Auteur: L Grollenberg
Image of 50 years shows where from right to left
High Priest 'Amram b. Yitzhaq [1889-1980], High Priest 1961-1980
His deputy Priest Asher b. Matzliach [1894-1982], High Priest: 1980-1982
His brother Priest Tsedaka b. Yitzhaq [1894-1971]
His nephew [The "kid"], Priest Shalom b. 'Amram [1922-2004], High Priest 2001-2004; Member of the Palestinian Parliament 1996-2004
صورة من 50 عام يظهر فيها من اليمين الى اليسار
الكاهن الاكبر عمران بن اسحاق
الكاهن الاكبر واصف بن توفيق
الكاهن صدقة بن اسحاق
و الصبي الصغير عمران ابن الكاهن الاكبر سلوم
Box list of Moses Gaster’s working papers at the John Rylands University Library, Manchester By Maria Haralambakis 2012
En Torno a dos manuscriptos Arabes Biblicos Ineditos by Juan Pedro Monferrer Sala 2000
Palestine of the Mandate, Illustrated. By W. Basil Worsfold, London: Adelphi Terrace. 1925
Die Ketubbah bei den Samaritanern by Moses Gaster
An Analysis of the Votive Inscriptions from Mount Gerizim
PhD Thesis by Anne Katrine de Hemmer Gudme
The Geniza Fragment of a Samaritan Chronicle in the light of the St. Petersburg MSS Disjecta Membra by Harutyun S. Zhamkochyan
#1986 Die Samariter und ihre Stellung in der Weltgeschichte. (Mit besondererRucksicht auf Simon den Magier).Munchen: J.G. Weib, 1854 by Joseph Grimm
The Formation of the Jewish Cannon by Timothy H. Lim, Yale University Press, New Haven; ISBN 978-0-300-16434-3 ©2013, $45.00, p. 287, including appendices and index
Scholar analyzes process by which Bible was canonized By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. (Review)
A Samaritan Passover Prayer Book for Sale
Description of manuscript:
Rosary blessed time of Passover, Unleavened Bread Sabbath time and days of Unleavened Bread.
Genuine leather cover painted red, with typical seal and triple tongue mark the place in the book.
Cover Size: 320X203 mm (12 5/8” x 8”); Page Size: 205X155 mm (8” x 6”); Area Writing: 130X90 mm (5” x 3 ½”).
Old school the lesser and largely new part. Pages are not numbered. Total 219 pages (438 pages). Ago Description page count:
Pages: 1 of 9 on Passover night service date - Passover offering.
Page 10 A - empty.
Pages: 10 - 27 a - Prayer Night Passover sacrifice when sheep were roasting ovens.
Pages: 27 in 64 in [the old part of the book] - The first part of the morning prayer of the date of Passover.
Pages: 65 A at -68 [new part] - completing the prayer said.
Page 69 A - Painting of a circle whose content is not complete with the new copier intended to write the verses of the Torah called Raising called aggregated "and Iángeo."
Pages: 69 in 76A on Passover prayers outside Lhargrazim.
Pages: 76B -98 [in the old part of the book] - poems sung on the table during the Passover holiday, or even at the time of Passover - the first day of the seven days of Unleavened Bread.
Pages: 99 A -129A: Continue poems [new part].
Page 129 - 199 A - Sabbath prayer time Unleavened Bread [ new part ] and at the end of the book completes testimony in Arabic, on Tuesday, the second dark 'news' (Ramadan) 1288 Hijra year = 1872 AD.
Pages 199B to 215 (page 212 is blank) - Prayers nights and days of Unleavened Bread controllers.
On pages 215 -219 on Arabic description of the events of the Passover offering in 1293 Hijra (1876).
Summary: Shlomo Ben- old father - Skoh Hdnfi (Amshallemah b. Ab-Sikkuwwa) clan leaders, acclaimed poet and commentator, who lived in the late 17th century to the first third of the 18th century, the collection known ancient prayer books wonderful handwriting, including prayers cycle all year in its entirety, the 13 parts, library of Topkapi in Istanbul from hundreds of other Jewish manuscripts.
Write cycles also Topkapi completed by the High Priest Jacob ben Aaron ben Solomon (1840-1916), as did the book do Slfneino and completed in 1872.
If so, the pages of the old part copied by Shlomo Ben- Av - Skoh and the newer part by the High Priest Jacob ben Aaron.
The manuscript is currently in Israel for asking price contact Israel Mizrahi http://judaicaused.com/
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