Elazar ben Tsedaka ben Yitzhaq

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Elazar ben Tsedaka ben Yitzhaq

Elazar ben Tsedaka ben Yitzhaq (Hebrew: אלעזר בן צדקה בן יצחק‎) (January 16, 1927 – February 3, 2010) was the Samaritan High Priest from 2004 until his death. He was born in Nablus. He succeeded his cousin Saloum Cohen in 2004. According to tradition he is the 131st holder of this post since Aaron. [1]

During his time in office, he would lead the Samaritan community in their annual Passover ritual sacrifice of sheep. [2][3]

Before retirement he worked as a mathematics teacher. His funeral in February 2010 was attended by Israeli and Palestinian officials, who noted his major efforts in helping to guide his community, and to serve as a bridge between Israeli and Palestinian communities.[4]

Elazar presiding over the Samaritan Passover at Mount Gerizim.
Preceded by
Saloum Cohen
Samaritan High Priest
Succeeded by
Aharon ben Ab-Chisda ben Yaacob


  1. ^ Sarah Irving. "Palestine". Books.google.com. p. 226. Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  2. ^ "Re-enacting Passover Exodus at Mt. Gerazim - Travel - Jerusalem Post". Jpost.com. 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  3. ^ "Samaritans honour rituals of their 3000-year-old faith - World". Theage.com.au. 2007-05-05. Retrieved 2017-01-25.
  4. ^ Hartman, Ben (February 15, 2010). "Samaritans mourn their high priest". The Jerusalem Post.

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