Monday, May 14, 2007
Samaritans, who split from Judaism over 2,000 years ago, hold prayers at dawn on top of Mount Gerizim near the northern Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus. The worshippers were celebrating the last day of their Passover. The central point of Samaritan religion is Mount Gezerim outside of Nablus and references in their version of the Torah refer to this mountain as opposed to Mount Moriah as the Torah used by Jews and later adopted by Christians does. An estimated 700-1,000 Samaritans are alive today and live primarily in and around Nablus.