September 11th, 2003
Vol. III - Nu.2
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Sunset Times for Central Israelcalculated by Abraham Cohen from Holon
begins Friday Sept. 12th, 5:51pm to Saturday 13th, 5:50 p.m.
19th 5:43pm- 20th 5:42pm
Festival of the Seventh Month- Begins September 25th at Sunset till sunset of the 26th.
Day of Atonement-
October 4th at sunset to sunset of the 5th
Holy Day of Succoth & 3rd Pilgrimage-
October 9th at sunset to sunset of the 10th
7 Days of Succoth-
October 9th at sunset to sunset of the 17th
Studies and Related Conferences:
International Conference: Mandaean and Samaritan Literatures in Memoriam of Rudolph Macuch Freie Universität
Berlin, 1-2 October 2003
2003 Byzantine Studies Conference
Oct 17-19, 2003
In Planning Stage
SES:In Haifa, July 5-8, 2004 organised by Menahem Mor, and a session at the EABS in Grooningen, July 25-28,2004 organized by Ingrid Hjelm
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Recently, Chanan Altif and Lina from Siberia exchanged engagement rings at their engagement party at Kiryat Luza on mount Gerizim. Lina loves Chanan's beautiful smile and his calming mood. Lina is learning the customs of the Samaritan-Israelites as she anticipates the wedding date next month. Rumors have it, that another Samaritan-Israelite 'Azzi (=My Strength, Ex. 15:3) began dating a friend of Lina. Apparently, Lina's girlfriend was impressed with Azzi and the community. We may hear more in the future in this regard!
Since the single female population is so much smaller that the single male population, the men must find brides outside of the community. It is not good that man should be alone!
Festival of the Seventh Month
September 25th at sunset, marks the Festival of the seventh month, the first day of the Biblical year and this special day will last till the sunset of the following day, the 26th. This day is called "sabbat asarat yumi asseliyyot." It is the first day of the ten days of pence or days of forgiveness. On each of the ten days prayers are made in the morning and at evening until the Day of Atonement, which begins on Oct. 4th at sunset this year. During the ten days the Samaritan-Israelites will reflect on any sins that they may have made and corresponding to the Day of Atonement.
The day is specified in Torah from Leviticus 23:24: "Speak unto the children of Israel, saying: in the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of the blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation." Today the trumpet or shofar is not used since there is no Tabernacle standing, but this time is a memorial, a remembrance. The prayers will be made in the synagogues in Holon and Kiryat Luza on mount Gerizim.
Samaritans Visit Denmark and Norway
Article and photo by Osher Sassoni
(Photo from right to left: Oved Allatif, Izhar Sassoni, Yaniv Allatif, Taki Cohen, Baruch Marchiv, Tamim Sassoni, Shachar Yehosha, Avi Sassoni and top left: Osher Sassoni).
Nine Samaritan-Israelites left Israel on the 26th of August, landing in Frankfurt and took another plane to Copenhagen (Denmark). During our two day stay in Copenhagen, we had to opportunity to meet the sociable Mrs. Dr. Ingrid Hjelm and visit the national library. We took a ferryboat from Copenhagen to Oslo, and from Oslo we drove about 500 Km to a place which is called Gala in Norway (a big ski area which is full of people during the ski season,, of course, we came when the season is off already ). We spent the Sabbath there in Gala. On Sunday we started the trip on the big fureds and the big waterfalls of Norway. On Monday evening we arrived to Bergen the second important city in Norway, where we celebrated my birthday there, and spent there another two evenings. On Wednesday evening, after driving of about 2000 km in two days, we finally arrived in Oslo spending two days there. On Thursday night (4.00 am) we flew back to Frankfurt and from there back to Israel. (Note from the Editor: Happy Birthday Osher and we hope you enjoyed your first adventurer outside of Israel.)
From the Editor
Have you ever thought about the specified unclean foods in the Pentateuch. You may have wondered why some animals where specified as unclean to eat. Samaritans, as well as Jews and Muslims do not consume pork since it is consisted to be unclean. Of course most of the time upon inspection of a pig, one can find a blemish but the main concern if the fact that the pig or swine is so claimed unclean (See Deuteronomy chapter 14).Now let us find the reasoning behind the Torah commandment. Dr. J.H. Kellogg wrote a small booklet in 1897, PORK— OR THE DANGERS OF PORK-EATING EXPOSED. In his booklet he says, "Reader, what will you do? Can you continue to use as food such an abominable article as pork, and in so doing run so many risks as you must do? And if you decide that the animal is unfit to claim a place upon your own table, can you conscientiously raise and sell him to your neighbors’ injury?" Read his full booklet online: http://www.giveshare.org/Health/porkeatdanger.html
For further reading:
One of the famous Rosenthal catalogues. Catalogue XIV, Bible, Hebrew Studies and Rabbinics (1816-1948) from the libraries of the late Chief Rabbi Dr J H Hertz, E N Adler, Dr A Buchler and other well known Scholars including Biblical Archaeology, Grammars & Dictionaries, Karaitica, Liturgica and Samaritan Literature. Oxford, 1949. 48 pp. 3169 items. Pages yellowed. Rosenthal catalogues were produced by the legendary Dr Ettinghausen during a period when the UK played an important role in the Hebrew book trade.
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