This Day, November 20, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin


November 20
331 BCE (21st of Kislev, 3431): According to the Talmud, Simeon the Just destroyed the Samaritan Temple at Mount Gerizim. The Samaritans had undermined the efforts during the post-exilic period and this move was as much about establishing political sovereignty as it was about wiping out a “high place” intended to compete with Jerusalem. The victory was marked by a minor festival called Mt. Gerizim Day.

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