Samaritan Writing and Mezuzah (doorpost)
 
 
The Samaritan writing is in fact the ancient Hebrew one. According to the Samaritan tradition, using this writing god has brought the commandments onto the tablets of the covenant and Moses wrote the Torah.
 
The Samaritan alphabet is comprised from 22 letters like Modern Hebrew, excluding the finals. Over the years, the Samaritan writing became squarer and more resembling the Modern Hebrew writing.
 
 Like any other modern writing, it has both a printed and a handwritten form, large letters and small letters. The large letters appear in the Torah books while small letters are usually found in prayer books.
 
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Samaritan's Mezuza

The Samaritans hold a 3,600 year old bible (written 13 years following the Israelite arrival at Canaan). This scroll was written in small letters on lambskin using the common ink mixture of that time. This scroll was written in ancient Hebrew writing which is- the Samaritan writing.

This book was written by Aaron's great grandson (Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazer, the son of Aaron the chief priest), saying in that acrostics between the verses-"I, Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazer, the son of Aaron the chief priest… 13 years to the arrival of Israel at Canaan". This ancient scroll is kept at the Samaritan synagogue on Mt. Grizim in a glass frame and is only taken out on Passovers, Shavuot and Sukkoth.
 
The scripture rolled inside the Samaritan doorpost is also written in ancient Hebrew and unlike it is accustomed with the common doorposts; Samaritans may fill theirs with any selected biblical verses found in any Samaritan household. Some even prefer to frame those verses and hang them on a living room wall or even inscribe those verses on some high quality, styled wooden plate and hang it in the entrance hall. The doorposts are found in every Samaritan household as well as the synagogue.
 

The Ketubah (marriage contract), and virtually every other official religious document of the congregation is written in those holly letters. Samaritans do not use this language in everyday life yet with regards to prayers, blessings and matters of sacredness in general; Samaritans will only use Ancient Hebrew.

The sound of this written language is much the same as that of Modern Hebrew.

 

 
 
 

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Samaritan's Writing
 
 
 
Tefilim
 
Samaritans do not wear Tefillin, claming the command of wearing them in the book of Deuteronomy to address the spiritual sense as oppose to its Jewish literal interpretation. Instead, Samaritans conduct a privet prayer each morning and evening.
 
 
 

 
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