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“Mount Gerizim, All the Days of Our Lives”
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The Samaritans call themselves
Bene-Yisrael “Children of Israel”, or
Shamerim “Observant Ones”
Hebrew: שומרונים Shomronim,
Arabic: السامريون as-Sāmariyyūn
Number of Samaritans in the World Today
The Samaritans number increase yearly
Total Samaritans in 2022 – 874 souls
January 2021 – about 850 souls
Total in 2020- 818 souls
Total in 2018 – 810 souls
Total number on 1.1.2017 - 796 persons, 381 souls on Mount Gerizim and 415 in the State of Israel, of the 414 males and 382 females.
Distribution by Personal status: Married - 372; Bachelors - 218; Bachelorettes - 170 - ages 1-78. Widowers -7; Widows- 24; 2 males divorced – 0 female divorced.
In 1.1.2016 in Mount Gerizim and the State of Israel the community numbered 785 people.
Over 2016, 12 children have been born in the community - 5 males and 7 females; 3 brides from outside the community joined by marriage to three young men, one from Mount Gerizim and two from Holon, Israel; 4 died, three males and one female.
In 1786, the Samaritans numbered approximately 100 (as mentioned by El-‘Ayyeh)
High Priest Aabed-El b. High Priest Asher, son of the High Priest Matzliach.
He is mild-mannered, pious, and a successful
businessman, may the Almighty extend his days.
“The Eldest Priest of His Brothers” [Book of
It has been 3661 years since the entrance into the Holy Land began April 1st 2022
This counting began on the Sixth Month of the Year of Creation (Samaritan’s typical calendar)
It has been 6451 years since Creation
Future Dates of the Samaritan Passover Sacrifice on Mount Gerizim
Wednesday May 3, 2023
Monday April 22, 2024
Friday April 11, 2025
Thursday April 30, 2026
Tuesday April 20, 2027
Other Future Events
The Thirteenth Month 3661 Tuesday evening, 21 March 2023
The First Month 3661 (6450) Wednesday evening, 19 April 2023
Passover Sacrifice 3661 Wednesday evening, 3 May 2023, from sunset to morning
Beginning of the days of Unleavened Bread evening 3 May.
Wednesday sunset, May 3, 2023 - The Passover Sacrifice
Thursday, May 4, 2023 - The Festival of Passover - Starts with the offering of the Sacrifice on May 3, 2023 and ends with the complete burning of the rest of the meat on early morning of May 4, 2023.
May 4-10, 2023 - The Seven Days of the Festival of Unleavened Bread
May 6, 2023 - Special Sabbath - The Sabbath of the Unleavened Bread Festival
Sunday, May 7, 2023 - The First Day of the Counting of Omer - Ending on Sunday, June 24, 2023. Each day it should be mentions the number of the day of this counting.
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 - THE FESTIVAL OF UNLEAVENED BREAD [MATZOS]
May 13, 2023 - The First Sabbath of the Seven Weeks of the Counting of the Omer
May 20, 2023 - The Second Sabbath of the Seven Weeks of the Counting of the Omer
11. May 27, 2023 - The Third Sabbath of the Seven Weeks of the Counting of the Omer
12. June 2, 2023 - Friday Sunset - The Second Passover - For those who were impure in the first Passover - The 27Th day of the Counting of the Omer.
June 3, 2023 - Please read Leviticus 19:9 - 22:33 - The Fourth Sabbath of the Seven Weeks of the Counting of the Omer
June 10, 2023 - The Fifth Sabbath of the Seven Weeks of the Counting of the Omer
June 17, 2023 - The Sixth Sabbath of the Seven Weeks of the Counting of the Omer
THE SEVEN DAYS OF SHAVUOTH [FEAST OF WEEKS] - Monday - Sunday, June 19 - June 24, 2023
Tuesday, June 20, 2023, Evening, Memorial Day of Sinai Assembly
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 - Memorial Day of Sinai Assembly - The 46Th day of the Counting of the Omer
June 23, 2023 - Special Sabbath of the Ten Commandments
June 24, 2023 - Saturday - The Festival of Weeks
The Fourth Month: evening of 17 July 2023
The Fifth Month: evening of 15 August 2023
[Calculated by: Priest Yakkiir ['Aziz] b. High Priest Jacob b. 'Azzi – Kiriat Luza, Mount Gerizim]
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