May 8th, 2003

 

In This Issue

  • Samaritan Passover Photos

  • Samaritan Births

  • Seven Weeks

  • Section from The Asatir


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Samaritan Passover Photos

Osher Sassoni has recently placed four new web pages of the 2003 Samaritan Passover sacrifice that took place on April 15th. The photos are the contributions of Eyal Cohen, Itamar Cohen, Micha Walter, Ravit Sassoni and Shirly Yehoshua. We would like to thank them for the Photos! Thank You very much! You can browse the four pages by connecting to our web site the-samaritans.com and clicking on the image in the upper right side of the page. (Photo above is the 2003 Passover) We hope to add to the images of the Sacrifice Ceremony in the near future, so please come back to check for new pictures.

(Photo of the community of Kiyat Luza on mount Gerizim. The home of Muneeb Al Masri can be seen in the photo on the upper right sitting alone on the hill.)
On page four of the photos located at our website, there are some images of the home of Muneeb Al Masri, a millionaire Palestinian. The home is situated on the north-west spot of Mount Gerizim, right above Nablus. The total cost of the house according to Mr Muneeb was sixty-five  million dollars. Muneeb al Masri is a well known personality and was an applicant to be the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority. He explains his decision to build the house on Mount Gerizim, because he found it to be the most beautiful spot he ever visited.


Samaritan Birth Announcements

Eitan and Limor Yehoshua are happy to announce the arrive of a baby girl named Nurit, on Sunday April 27th. The proud parents of the Holon community, have given their three year old daughter Yael, a sister. Congratulations to the family!

Saiid and Linda Tsedaka of Kiryat Luzh, mount Gerizim, are the proud parents of a baby boy on April 20th. Baby Nader had his circumcision eight days later on April 27th. This is their second child. Their first child is a four year old named Samih. Congratulations to the family!

Habib and Zenab (Fuaa in Hebrew) Tsedaka of Holon, began the proud parents of their second child on April 25th. Their baby boy, Adir was circumcised on May 2nd. Their first child is Tami and she is seven years old. Congratulations to the family!


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Mandaic und Samaritan Literature in Memory of Rudolf Macuch

Berlin, 1.-2. October 2003.

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Read about the Conference in the Samaritan Update: 5th ,30th , 13th .  


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Photo of the Samaritan-Israelite Passover in 1888 on Mount Gerizim.


Seven Weeks between the Passover and Shavuot

The Sabbath after the Passover was called the Matzoth Festival in which the following day began the counting of the Omer of fifty days. May 14th will be the second Passover for those that may have missed the Passover Festival last month. For the writings say that if one could not take partake in the Festival, they may partake of it on the second, 30 days later. This the Samaritan Israelites observe. On June 4th, the day of the giving of the Law on Sinai is recalled. Shavuot will be on Wednesday, June 8th

There are seven memorial weeks between the Passover and Shavuot. They are:

Week of Crossing of the Sea: Exodus 14:26-15:21(

Week of Changing of the waters of Marah: Exodus 15:22-26

Week of Elim: Exodus 15:27-16:3

Week of Manna: Exodus 16:4-36

Week of Water from the Rock: Exodus17:1-17

Week battle with Amalek: Exodus 17:8-16

Week of the Stay at Mt. Sinai: Exodus 19.


Section from the  Introduction, written for Gaster's

The Asatir, the Samaritan Book of the Secrets of Moses,

Together with the Pitron or Samaritan Commentary

Written and translated by Moses Gaster, 1927. London, Published by the Royal Asiatic Society.

(The following information is from the Introduction of Moses Gaster book under a section called; Characteristic Points of Difference, [Pages 122-124] In his introduction Gaster compares other writings with Samaritan information. We thought you may find this piece interesting. )

There remains now one point in which the difference is fundamental and yet not obvious, since it has been almost (page 123) obliterated; it is in connection with the Sethian legend mentioned before. In almost every one of the Adam-Books, the dwelling place of the children of Seth is described to have been "on the top of the mountain." It is a Holy Mountain near the Gate of Heaven, or near Paradise, and the Patriarchs are incessantly warning their children not to descend to the valley below. Where was that mountain? In Jewish and in Christian Adam-Books it is either left vague, or in some way identified with Mount Moriah, i.e. Mount Zion. But this is evidently not the original form, since in all Adam-Books it is said that when Adam dies he wishes to be carried to that Holy Mountain. But if he lived there, how could he be carried thither? The transference of Moriah to Golgotha or later on Hebron, which is not the Holy Mountain, is the result of manifold manipulations and adjustments. But if we compare these legends with Samaritan traditions, the whole problem is easily solved. The Holy Mountain of the legend is none other than the Holy Mountain of Gerizim. It is there that Adam dwells when he is sent out from Paradise, there he offers sacrifices, and there he erects an altar, as do Noah, Abraham and Jacob after one another. The latter says distinctly "This is the Gate of Heaven:" (Gen. XXVIII. 17), it is where the Ark finally rests. There Adam dies, and then according to his wishes, is carried not to a distant place differently named and finally identified with the cave of Machphelah. There cannot be any doubt, that in the primitive form of the legend, the Holy Mountain was none other than Mount Gerizim. It become, however, subsequently clear to the Jewish and Christian writers that they could not very well maintain the claim of sanctity for Mount Gerizim. They were conscious that they would be playing into the hands of the Samaritans, and thus the name of the place was omitted. But the tradition of a Holy Mountain had seized (Page 124) the minds of the people so strongly, and had become such an indissoluble part of the legend, that it could not be entirely obliterated, notably since the play upon the name of Jarad, one of the Patriarchs, which was interpreted to mean "to descend," had been so closely woven into the legend of the "descent" from the mountain of the pure Sethians that the "mountain" had to be retained, but the geographical location was then entirely omitted.

Moses Gaster (1856-1939) was born in Romania and was forced to flee to England in 1885 from the Jewish persecution.


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