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The Samaritan


“Mount Gerizim,

All the Days of Our Lives”

September/ October 2013 Vol. XIII - No 1

Your link to the Update Index

In This Issue

Future Events

 Future Events

 Sukkah

The Seventh Month 3652 - Friday Evening, October 4, 2013

 Nomination

The Festival of the Seventh Month, 3652 - Saturday, October 5,

 Inscriptions

 Pictures The Day of Atonement - Monday, Oct. 14, 2013  Shoham Stones The Festival of Succoth. 3rd Pilgrimage. - Saturday, Oct. 19  Marriage The Eighth Day - Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013  Sabbath Customs The Eighth Month 3652 - Sunday Evening, November 3, 2013  Conflicting Torahs The Ninth Month 3652 - Monday Evening, December 2. 2013  Samaritan Temple ~~~~~~~  Auction Results  In Memoriam Savory Treats in the Samaritan Sukkah  In the News By Ronit Treatman  Links  From the Editor  Scientist  Meetings  Videos  Biblio In Exodus (23:16), we are commanded to keep the harvest festival. The harvest festival referred to is sukkot. To this day, many of us build temporary booths outside, decorate them, and eat or even sleep in them. There also exists an ancient Samaritan tradition of building indoor sukkot. The Samaritans serve their guests unique treats, that hearken back to ancient Israel, during the time before the Babylonian captivity.

Con’td read with a Samaritan recipe, “Mekamar: Savory Sesame Cookies” http://blog.pjvoice.com/diary/3488/savory-treats-in-the-samaritan-sukkah Menashe Tsedaka under his Succah, October 2013 (Photo above) Also see some wonderful photos by Ori Orhof Samaritan Holidays & Feasts in Israel Sub-Categories http://orhof.smugmug.com/SamaritanHolidays-1 1 TheSamaritanUpdate.com September/ October 2013 English Translation of the Text of the Torah by the Israelis Samaritans Nominated for " National Jewish Book " 2013 - National Jewish Book Award The book 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) from Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company has recently nominated for the National Jewish Book Award for 2013.

The book received support and encouragement in the nine well known scholars in the study of the Samaritan studies, three wrote the introduction, and the rest posted words of encouragement and support on the cover. Many of these reactions bought encouragement. The book was published simultaneously in April 2013 in the U.S. and the UK for distribution in the British Isles and Europe.

Sale is also presented at international conferences for the Study of the Old Testament literature price to $ 100. It can also be purchased online at amazon.com and Eerdmans.com. It is available also in Israel from book sellers "Robinson" in Tel - Aviv and Ludwig Meyer, " Books of Jerusalem " and "Rauven No." in Jerusalem.

Winners would be invited to attend the awards ceremony on March 20, 2014, in New York. Bone candidacy for the prestigious award of the book is already a special citation.

On Sunday, November 24, 2013, will be one of four researchers participating in a panel on the Israeli version of the Samaritan Torah, with Prof. Emanuel Tov, Stephen Root and Terry Giles - in Biblical Literature International Conference, Baltimore, Md.. 9-11 in the morning. Readers are encouraged.

This medal will be awarded upon first Samaritan Prof. Steven Fine Samaritan achievement in the study of learning and the interaction between them and Jewish studies.

An Inscription from 1738 C.E. in the Office of Tkoa B. Zahra Altif Hdinfi in Nablus by Benyamim Tsedaka

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Glass slide (left) of a Damascus (Syria): Samaritan Inscription, which Text is extracted from the Old Testament, Part of an Ensemble Belonging to a Private Damascene House http://siris-archives.si.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?uri=full=3100001~!299172!0 See more ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From Israeldailypicture.com The caption reads "Jew with a Torah." Actually, the man is a Samaritan priest and the scroll is the Samaritan bible. (Torrance Collection, Medical Archives, University of Dundee) ‘We present this picture to introduce a large collection of photographs from the Scottish University of Dundee's medical archives and database, entitled "Unlocking the Medicine Chest." Amidst the historical medical records from many Scottish hospitals, clinics, infirmaries and universities is an entry Herbert Watt Torrance, Medical Missionary (1892-1977).’ ‘Dr. Herbert Torrance succeeded his father Dr. David Watt Torrance, a Scottish doctor and missionary, who established the Scots Missionary Hospital in Tiberias in the 1880s. The two doctors were dedicated to treating the poor of the Galilee -- Christians, Muslim and Jews. They also documented and photographed the diseases and injuries they encountered such as leprosy, anthrax, typhoid, and deformities, to name a few.’ http://www.israeldailypicture.com/2013/02/funny-he-didnt-look-jewishreaders.html ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Shoham Stones By Lisa Green A couple of years ago, as I was studying the book of Exodus, I began contemplating the meaning of the garments of the High Priest. It seems there is a foundation for the design of these garments. A basis for showing a relationship between the High Priest's garments and a Place. I believe a story is being told of where to find the High Priest.

Exodus 28:9-12 And you shall take the two onyx stones, and engrave on them the names of the Sons of Israel: six of their names on the one stone, and the names of the six that remain on the other stone, according to their birth. And the work of an engraver in stone, as engraving a signet, you shall engrave the two stones, according to the names of the Sons of Israel; you shall set them enclosed in settings of gold. And you shall put the two stones upon the shoulder-pieces of the ephod. They are stones of memorial for the Sons of Israel; and Aaron shall bear their names before Shehmaa on his two shoulders for a memorial.

These shoulder stones are described in Hebrew as shoham, in English as onyx. In the Torah, shoham is the same classification of stone used for the tribe of Joseph on the breastplate of the high priest. I believe the specific material of the shoulder stones directly relates to the territory of Joseph. There are two mountains in Israel which exist in the territory of Joseph. Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal. Between

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Upon entering the Land, six tribes stood on Mount Gerizim and six tribes stood on Mount Ebal.

According to the order of the birthright, Joseph was the only firstborn of the womb to stand upon the mountain of blessing, Mount Gerizim. I believe this classification is different from the order of stones on the breastplate of the High Priest. I believe this classification shows the blessing rests upon the head of Joseph, as seen in Genesis 49:26 and Deuteronomy 33:16.

If the High Priest was facing east, the right shoulder would represent Mount Gerizim, the left shoulder would represent Mount Ebal. Upon these shoulder stones was to be inscribed the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. Six on each shoulder, according to birth.

Those standing upon Mount Gerizim and inscribed on the right shoulder stone: Simeon (Shimon) 2nd of Leah, Levi (Levy) 3rd of Leah, Judah (Yehudah) 4th of Leah, Issachar (Yissaskar) 5th of Leah, Joseph (Yosef) 1st of Rachel, and Benjamin (Benyamim) 2nd of Rachel. Deuteronomy 27:12 for reference. Those standing upon Mount Ebal and inscribed on the left shoulder stone: Reuben 1st of Leah, Gad 1st of Zilpah, Asher 2nd of Zilpah, Zebulun 6th of Leah, Dan 1st of Bilhah, and Naphtali 2nd of Bilhah. Deuteronomy 27:13 for reference.

In effect, the High Priest is wearing a representation of this portion of the Land upon himself.

Twelve stones, representing each of the tribes of Israel, were taken from the Jordan River and were covered in lime. These stones were inscribed with the Commandments of the Torah and the names of the tribes of Israel. This action represents the covenant between the Almighty and Israel. Through this covenant, it is possible for Israel to be judged accordingly. I believe these stones represent the twelve stones found on the breastplate of judgment worn by the High Priest. The High Priest bears this covenant representation “between his shoulders”. I've often wondered if the land on which the stones were initially placed is a flat land and if its measurement would be to scale using the measurement of a span.

Exodus 28:15-21 And you shall make a breastplate of judgment, the work of the skilful workman; like the work of the ephod you shall make it: of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, shall you make it. It shall be square, folded double: a span in the length, and a span in width. And you shall set in it settings of stones, four rows of stones: a row of ruby, topaz, and emerald the first row;

and the second row a turquoise, a sapphire, and a diamond; and the third row a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; and the fourth row a beryl, onyx, and a jasper; they are spiraled set in gold settings. And the stones shall be according to the names of the Sons of Israel, twelve, according to their names;

They shall be like the engravings of a seal, each according to his name, for the twelve tribes.

In the fourth row, the shoham/onyx stone is the eleventh stone, representing Joseph, the eleventh son of Jacob/Israel. Notice the utilization of the same onyx material is unique to the shoulder stones and Joseph's stone. All the other stones are different. I believe this is an illustration of Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal being found in the territory of Joseph. It is a representation of a physical place.

The High Priest was to wear a plate across his forehead engraved with words which translate to “Holiness to Shehmaa”.

Exodus 39:30 And they made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and wrote upon it a writing, like the engravings of a signet: Holiness to Shehmaa.

I believe this crown labels, seals, or signifies the correlating place in the Land as Holy to the Lord. I believe the reason the stones and crown were to be engraved “like the engravings of a seal” is 4 TheSamaritanUpdate.com September/ October 2013 because it is a permanent illustration of a permanent place. The illustration of this place is presented to us by the garments of the High Priest. Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal, as well as Shechem, still exist in their place in the Land. They have not been relocated. It is the resting place of the Shekinah and the resting place of the Tabernacle, the place spoken of by Moses (Moshe/Musa) and by the Almighty Himself, the place Joshua (Yush'a, the son of Nun) led the people, the place Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob retained as an inheritance. The place of Jacob’s dream of the gateway to heaven, the place where prayers are heard. This is the gathering place for the tribes of Israel, for pilgrimage to appear before the Lord, and the place in which is found the High Priest.


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Benyamim Tsedaka Opening Words to the article below:

I like to share this article shows a self-experience of a journalist who spent one Shabbat with the Israelite Samaritans. A very positive side of the Israelite Samaritan heritage.

SHABBATH‘S CUSTOMS by: Devorah Hoffman, Jerusalem, Originally written in Italian In general when I expect to go in a home that is not Jewish Shabbat, I need to ask my host a couple of questions before the time : it will be the kosher food?

And OK leave a light on for the whole of the Sabbath", because I do not use electricity of Shabbat?

Will the food be cooked in advance or on the same day on Saturday?

I was assured that the Samaritans eat only kosher food and strictly observed the Sabbath, that the Samaritans follow diligently keep the 5 Books of Moses, observed the Sabbath and the Kashrut [the food rules] in similar ways to the many orthodox Jews, while it is said in the Torah that we should not cook a lamb in its mother's milk, observant Jews have interpreted that you should not mix milk and meat together.

The Samaritans have adopted this same interpretation then do not eat milk and meat together, and how observant Jews, eat only food that is slaughtered and prepared in a manner Kosher. The Samaritans observe Shabbat, as all the other holy days biblical, just from the letter of the Torah. Do not use electricity of Shabbat, as it says in the Torah not turning the fire on the Sabbath day. For the Samaritans Shabbat is truly a moment of rest, worship and sharing with the family and the community.

When I arrived from my host, at the home of Yakov, Friday afternoon, I could feel in the air the preparations for Shabbat. The wife of Yakov was beauty salon to get her hair cut, the mother, who lives on the other side of the road, has prepared the food for Shabbat, and Yakov was preparing for Shabbat wearing his white garment. During the Saturday, all the men and boys wearing white 5 TheSamaritanUpdate.com September/ October 2013 garments, women and girls wear their best clothes.

At 18:00, the men give the welcome to Shabbath with a service composed of many songs. The Samaritans are praying in the synagogue, where you sit on the ground on pillows while women Samaritans do not attend worship services, I was invited to come and pray with men. I felt as if I had been transported back in time hundreds of years, as the ancient Hebrew that pulsated through me. It looked like a mix of Hebrew that I am aware of speaking Arabic.


After the service, I went with my guests in the home of the parents of Yakov for tea and cake. Like all of those that I have met of Shabbat, the family of Yakov was affectionate, warm, and hospitable. His parents had just returned from a trip abroad, many of their relatives and friends went still back and forth to accommodate the best welcome another time.

We withdrew after ate at 10:00 about to rest a little before the worship on Saturday morning which starts at 03:30 AM. These services may have been the highpoint of the whole experience for me. The services were outside in a park where the community of men were seated on cushions. During the service, the men sang with fervor and screamed, they bowed down at different times, and at the end, the head of the department I pull out the Torah and toured together for a few minutes.

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