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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: שומרוניםShomronim, 

Arabic: السامريون  as-Sāmariyyūn



Number of Samaritans in the World Today  

The Samaritans number increase yearly

Total Samaritans in 2024 – about 900 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)


Benyamim Tsedaka “A.B. - The Samaritan News”
Number of Samaritans in the World Today  

On January 1, 2015, the Samaritans number 777 souls.

In May 2014 the Israelite-Samaritans numbered 760 individuals, 400 in Holon, Israel and 360 in Kiryat Luza, Mount Gerizim, Samaria. On January 1, 2013 the Israelite-Samaritans numbered 756 [of them 357 in Kiryat 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



The Samaritan High Priest Aabed-El b. High Priest Asher

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 Israelite Samaritan High Priest is chosen by the Almighty based on the Torah principle:

“The Eldest Priest of His Brothers” [Book of Leviticus].



It has been 3662 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 6452 years since Creation




Future Dates of the Samaritan Passover Sacrifice on Mount Gerizim


Monday April 22, 2024

Friday April 11, 2025

Thursday April 30, 2026

Tuesday April 20, 2027



Other Future Events

2024 Events



The Tenth Month 3662 Wednesday evening January 10, 2024

The Eleventh Month 3662 Friday evening February 9, 2024

Passover Sacrifice Monday evening April 22, 2024



[Calculated by: Priest Yakkiir ['Aziz] b. High Priest Jacob b. 'AzziKiriat Luza, Mount Gerizim]



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The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah:

First English Translation Compared with the Masoretic Version

By Benyamim Tsedaka (Editor / Translator), Sharon Sullivan (Co-Editor) James H. Charlesworth (Introduction), Emanuel Tov (Foreword)



Learn about the Samaritan-Israelites

A Short History

by Benyamim Tsedaka
A.B. - Institute of Samaritan Studies
Holon, Israel


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