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The Samaritans of Nablus

12/05/2012

Nablus, Samaritans_Samaritan Passover sacrifice marked in NablusSamaritan Passover sacrifice marked in Nablus, 5th of May 2012. Photo AFP/ JAAFAR ASHTIYEH

During the entire week following the Feast of the Passover, the Samaritans remain encamped on Mount Gerizim. On the last day of the encampment they begin at dawn a pilgrimage to the crest of the sacred mount. Before setting forth on this pilgrimage, however, the men spread their cloths and repeat the creed and the story of the Creation in silence, after which, in loud voice they read the Book of Genesis and the first quarter of the Book of Exodus, ending with the story of the Passover and the flight from Egypt.
John D. Whiting, The National Geographic Magazine, Jan 1920

As of November 30, 2011, there were 745 Samaritans, half of whom reside in their modern homes at Kiryat Luza on Mount Gerizim, which is sacred to them, and the rest in the city of Holon, just outside Tel Aviv.
There are also four Samaritan families residing in Binyamina-Giv’at Ada, Matan and Ashdod.
The entire Samaritan population is divided into only four families (Cohen, Tsedakah, Danfi and Marhib).

* Samaritan Passover sacrifice marked in Nablus

* Ancient site near Nablus ‘too problematic’ to open
Mount Gerizim is sacred to the Samaritans who regard it, rather than Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, as the location chosen by God for a holy temple.

* Mount Gerizim

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