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  4/19/2013, Iyar 9, 5773

Samaria Jewish Leaders Mourn Passing of Samaritan


Chairman Gershon Mesika of the Samaria (Shomron) Regional Council reacted, Friday to the passing of High Priest Aharon Ben Av Hisda of the Samaritan (Shomronim) community by calling it a serious blow to the Samaritan community. He extended a verbal embrace to members of the community.

Deputy Council Chairman Yossi Dagan, in charge of relations with the Samaritan community, said the council takes care, every year, to help the community carry out its observance of the Passover sacrifice, scheduled five days from now and that a meeting was held 10 days ago to finalize this year's ceremony. He said the council will help the Samaritans in their grief as well.

The Samaritans are a demographically shrinking group - once close to a million and now less than a thousand strong - whom the Talmud traces to the peoples brought to northern Israel by the Assyrians. They keep what they call the Samaritan Torah and most live in the city of Shechem in Samaria, where their yearly Passover sacrifice is a well-known ritual.