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Learn Hebrew History - The Good Samaritan

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

Ever heard about the Good Samaritan Parable ( mashal משל) and wondered what it means? Originally the good samaritan ( ha'shomroni ha'tov - השומרוני הטוב ) is a phrase originated in the New Testament, In the Gospel of Luke.

It describes the assistance of one person to another, given out of a desire to do well, without expecting anything in return. As simple (Pashut - פשוט) as that, just being a good (Tov - טוב) person and helping others (akh'erim - אחרים).


Here is the Parable in short: "A traveler is beaten , stripped of clothing, and left half dead alongside the road . He is laying there wishing for help. First a priest (Kohen - כהן) walks by, and then a Levite (Levi - לוי), but none of them paid any attention to the poor man. Finally, a Samaritan walked by. The Samaritan, who according to Judaism was of a lower class rank , stopped there, bandaged his wounds, watered him, brought him to an inn, and even paid the innkeeper for the stay."


The concept of "good Samaritan" became the expression of a person who helps the other immediately and without consideration. Also, this Parable is well connected to the Golden Rule which is An expression from the Torah, [ in hebrew – ve ahavta lereakh'a kamokh'a וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ] this is the principle of treating others as one would wish to be treated.

It's literal translation is "Love Your Friend As You Love Yourself".


The Good Samaritan Museum (which part of it also used as hostel) is the remnant of a hostel (akh'sania - אכסנייה) and a roadside inn that served the pilgrims on the way between Jerusalem and Jericho for about 2000 years, from the time of King Herod until the present day. The name of the site is given following the association of the inn that mentioned in the New Testament.


Those sites , are located on the way to Ein gedy, in the north part of the dead sea, and are well recommended to visit.

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