BENYAMIM TSEDAKA IS HEAD OF THE ISRAELITE SAMARITAN INFORMATION CENTRE
About Benyamim (Benny) Tsedaka
1944 Benyamim Tsedaka was born in Nablus, Israel.
In June 1963 he graduated from the Kibbutz Teachers’ College, Tel Aviv.
January 1966 saw Benny discharged from the Israel Air Force after full military service.
Since 1966 to the present day he has hosted general-interest tourists and academic groups visiting Israelite Samaritan sites in Holon, and Mount Gerizim.
From 1967-1971 Benny completed studies in the History of the People of Israel, and Bible Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Since December 1969 to the present day he has been Chief Editor of the bi-weekly newspaper A.B The Samaritan News.
From 1971-1994 Benny worked for the Jewish Agency as an advertising buyer. In addition he worked on Public Relations in Israel and abroad.
Then, in 1975 Benny became a senior member of the Jewish Agency’s Committee of Employees.
Benyamim Tsedaka, Choir Director
Since 1980 to the present day he has conducted and organised the Israelite Samaritan Music Ensemble (The Choir).
From 1981 to the present day Benny has headed The A.B Institute of Samaritan Studies.
Since 1982 to the present day he has lectured worldwide on the Israelite Samaritans.
From 1983 to the present day Benny has been Honorary Chairman of the Samaritan Basketball Team in Holon, Israel.
In 1985 he founded SES (Société d’Études Samaritaines), The Society of Samaritan Studies.
Since 1985 to the present day he has contributed to international conferences of Biblical and Samaritan Studies (SBL, EABS, SES), in Paris.
From 2007 to the present day Benny has Chaired the Samaritan Medal Committee for Peace and Humanitarian Achievements.
Benyamim Tsedaka, Historian
Benyamim Tsedaka is not only an elder of his people, but also a historian. He has published more than 100 books and over 2000 articles on Israelite Samaritan life, in Hebrew and English. The Internal University Computer in Israel has collated his writings under Samaritans.
Since 1982 Benny dedicates two months each year to lectures in Israel and abroad. He lectures in Hebrew, Arabic or English.
Benny also authored the Samaritan entries in Encyclopedia Judaica, Encyclopedia of Zionism (in English). In addition, he wrote the entries for The Hebrew Encyclopedia (Jerusalem), and Encyclopedia Britannica for Youth (in Hebrew).
Eerdmans published Benny’s Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah in May 2013. For the first time, the reader sees the Samaritan Pentateuch and the Masoretic (Jewish) version, side by side, in English. Moreover, the texts are laid out in parallel columns, with important differences noted.
Collated Facebook articles by Benny, including photograph of Benny with Ben-Gurion (mostly in Hebrew).
The History of the Israelite Keepers Based on Their Own Sources
The History of the Israelite Keepers Based on Their Own Sources is the third major work of Benny’s distinguished writing career. It was published (in Hebrew) in 2015. Benny dedicates his book to the Israelite Samaritan community, the Israelite Keepers of the title.
A Complete Commentary on the Torah
Benny has also written A Complete Commentary on the Torah (2017, in Hebrew), comprising a five-volume commentary on the Israelite Samaritan Torah.
Each year Benny delivers lectures and workshops on Samaritan-related topics to universities, Christians, Jews and secular groups in Europe, North America and South America.
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