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It has been 3651 years since the entrance into the Holy Land
This counting began on the Sixth Month of the Year of Creation (Samaritan’s typical calendar)
It has been 6442 years since Creation
Future Dates of the Samaritan Passover Sacrifice on Mount Gerizim
Tuesday. April 23, 2013
Sunday, April, 13, 2014
Shavuot – June 16, 2013
1927 & 1934 Black & White Films of the Samaritan Passover
This vintage black and white movie, Ideal Travel Talks: Palestine 1934 by Edelheit Productions, was published in 1934 in the USA. Now this is a part of the Spielberg Jewish Film Archive at the Hebrew University. It consists of the 1934 Passover, 1 hour and roughly 21 minutes, but inside there is a full 9 minutes on the Samaritan Passover, which starts 30 minutes into movie and last for about 9 minutes. This is a very unique and rare piece of footage. It appears that this Passover was performed on a Friday, since the shadows are short, which means the sun is high.
Chapter of this French film, “Offrande des Samaritains a Pessah, sup le Mont Guerisim” starts at 25 minutes into the film for 3 minutes. This is interesting, a Samaritan and his wife are making Matzah, the lambs, praying and the priests. It appears to be from 1926, yet the date of the film, 1927. This film is also of the Spielberg Jewish Film Archive at the Hebrew University.
Breaking News Friday, April 19, 2013
The Samaritan High Priest has Passed Today
The Samaritan High Priest, Aaron b. Ab-Hisda b. High Priest Jacob 87, passed away today to the deep sorrow and shock to the Samaritan Community, just days before the Passover Sacrifice. He will be truly missed!!!
He was the eldest priest of the priestly family, of the sons of Aaron and the 132nd High Priest since Aaron, Moses' brother. He was born in Nablus in February 1, 1927 and was considered as one of the finest singers and teacher of the Samaritan Community.
Number of Samaritans in the World Today
On January 1, 2013 the Israelite-Samaritans numbered 756 [of them 357 in Kiriat Luza and 399 in Holon; of them 399 males and 357 females] On January 1, 2012, the Community numbered 751 persons [353 in Kiryat Luza on Mount Gerizim, Samaria; 398 in Neve Pinchas, a District of Holon in the State of Israel: 396 males [190:206] and 355 females [170: 185]. The community totaled 745 individuals on Jan. 1, 2011. In 1919, there were only 141 individuals. Source: Benyamim Tsedaka, A.B. - Institute of Samaritan Studies, Holon, Israel
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Arabic: السامريون as-Sāmariyyūn
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