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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 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 3658 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 6448 years since Creation
Future Dates of the Samaritan Passover Sacrifice on Mount Gerizim
Thursday April 14, 2022
Wednesday May 3, 2023
Monday April 22, 2024
Friday April 11, 2025
Thursday April 30, 2026
Tuesday April 20, 2027
Other Future Events
1st Day of Counting of the Omer: Sunday, May 2 to June 20, 2021
Second Passover: Sunset on Saturday May 25, 2021
Start of the Seven Days of Shavuot (Festival of Weeks) Monday June 14, 2021
Memorial Day of Sinai Assembly Wednesday June 16, 2021
Last of the Festival of Weeks (Shavuot) Sunday June 20, 2021
[Calculated by: Priest Yakkiir ['Aziz] b. High Priest Jacob b. 'Azzi – Kiriat Luza, Mount Gerizim]
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