Some students in the a recent geography class that I covered asked me regarding the differences that exist between normative rabbinic Judaism and Samaritan Judaism. We covered the Fall of Samaria at the hands of Assyria by Shalmaneser V and Sargon II. This is a nice article regarding differing Samaritan tradition regarding Sukkoth.
Ancient Samaritans celebrate different Sukkot in West Bank
by Saud Abu Ramada, Hua Chunyu, Emad Drimly
NABLUS, West Bank, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) — As Jewish people all around Israel are celebrating their traditional feast of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), in northern West Bank, Samaritans, a small religious sect who consider themselves descendants of the ancient northern Kingdom of Israel, are also celebrating Sukkot, but in a somehow different way.
In the village of Kiryat Luza on Mount Gerizim near the West Bank city of Nablus, the Samaritan priest and Director of Samaritan’s Museum Husney W. Kohen and his family have built theirin-door Sukkah (Tabernacles) with fruits of the holy land. Kohen said the sukkah was built to recall the same Tabernacle build by ancient Israelites after they left Sinai Desert in Egypt 3,500 years ago.
Priest Kohen considers himself as one of the best among his people in building up the sukkah. According to Kohen and his family, the sukkah was made up of 300-400 kg of fruits, and it took them eight hours to put the sukkah together.
The Samaritan sect celebrate Sukkot every year, just as the world’s Jews do. Although, the basic principles of the two sects are the same, however, each celebrates their own feast differently. See rest here: Ancient Samaritans celebrate different Sukkot in West Bank.
Go here to see a wonderful photo blog on the Samaritan celebration of Shavuot: Captured: The Annual Holiday of Shavuot
*Karaite Jews preparing for Sukkot
Karaite Jews prepare for Succot with a lemon twist
By GIL SHEFLER
300 people are expected to attend holiday services at the ancient Karaite synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.
According to mainstream or rabbinical Judaism the answer is correct. But if you ask Karaite Jews, members of an ancient Jewish movement which strictly adheres to the Bible and ignores the Talmud and rabbinical law, the answer is more complicated.
“The Torah does not talk about hadass, but of etz avot, which is boughs of thick trees and can be from any tree, not just the myrtle,” Maor Dabah, the educational coordinator for the Universal Karaite Judaism Movement, told The Jerusalem Post last week.
“There’s no disagreement over the arava. Regarding the lulav, the command is to use the palm-shaped date. But the lulav isn’t palm-shaped,” he said.
What about the etrog, the revered citron which is the prize possession of many Jewish families during the holiday and can fetch prices of up to a few hundred dollars on the market? Karaite Jews disregard it completely.
“Again, Torah does not use the word etrog. It talks about peri etz hadar, that’s mean ‘fruit of goodly tree’ and can be any fruit which is new and fancy. Citron etrogs are relatively new imports; there were none in the Land of Israel during the First Temple, so we use regular lemons, oranges or olives instead. From Nehemia 8:14 we can easily learn that the commandment of the Four Species of Succot is to build the succa from them, and not to play with them by our hands.” See rest here:
HT: J. Lauer!