Thursday, August 19, 2004


Member of a community of Jews, now nearly extinct, that claims to be related by blood to those Jews of ancient Samaria who were not deported by the Assyrian conquerors of the kingdom of Israel in 722 BC. The Samaritans call themselves Bene-Yisrael (�Children of Israel�), or Shamerim (�Observant Ones�), for their sole norm of religious observance is the Pentateuch (first five books


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