Photo and caption by Einat Kalinin
Three times a year members of small community of Samaritans that leads its history from the Biblical times, accent the sacred mountain of Gerizim for a night prayer waiting for the first rays of sun and the High Priest. Ancient ceremony is few thousands years old and has not changed for centuries. Samaritans claim that they are the only community that has lived in the Holy Land and has not departed it for the last 3.5 thousands of years. The world population of Samaritans is around 900, all of them live in Israel and consider themselves real descendants of Old Testament Jews.
Location: Israel (Palestinian territory), Kiryat Luza, mount Gerizim