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Worldwide Jewish Population Growth is roughly 0%

Monday, January 11th, 2010

The global population grows by roughly 1.4% each year, yet in a recent study, the global Jewish population grew by just 0.3%. That means the Jewish population is shrinking, compared to the rest of the world’s population.

Of the 13.3 million Jews in the world, almost 40% live in Israel, and a whopping 46%(6.5 million) live in the United States! In all, 90% of the Jewish population resides in just five countries — The U.S., Israel, France, Canada, Britain and Russia.

Prior to World War II, the Jewish population was over 17 million people. It dropped to nearly 11 million following the Holocaust, and although it rebounded to 12 million within 13 years, it took another 40 years to gain another million people.

What does the future hold for the Jews? One study suggested that by 2080 the Jewish population in Israel would double to roughly 10 million Jews, while the American Jewish population would decline by almost one-third.

Food for thought as you choose between Jdate and to find your beshert :)

To read more about these statistics, please visit our source. All statistics are based on a 2001 study. Statistics vary.

The original latkes were cheese — not potato!

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Any historian worth his weight in potatoeswould tell you that the potato was a new-world food, introduced to Europe well after the story of Hanukah took place 2200 years ago.  Thus, it was pretty difficult for anyone to make potato latkes back in the old-world.

It is therefore believed that the first fried pancakes at Hanukah time were made of cheese and egg, rather than the delicious potato concoctions we enjoy today.

Wanna try a cheese latke?  You’ll find a few cheesy recipes here, as well as all sorts of other strange latke blends, you probably never knew existed!

Hanukah can be spelled 17 different ways!

Monday, November 30th, 2009

It’s actually a hebrew word.  It means “dedication”.  But, as they say, ask three Jews a question and you’ll get four opinions, or, in this case, 17.

We did some sluething and found, on of all places, a quiz that spelled them all out:

Chanuccah, Channuka, Channukah, Chanuka, Chanukkah, Chanuko, Hannuka, Hannukah, Hanuka, Hanukkah, Hanukka, Hannukka, Kanukkah, Khannuka, Khannukah, Khanukkah, Khanukkah.

Not sure what the qualifications are for one spelling being “correct” and another not, but there you go.  Happy early Khannukkah!

Jews give thanks more than 100 times a day

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

With Thanksgiving coming up, we got to thinking about whether Jews should be celebrating this secular holiday.  The answer — we basically do, everyday!

Think about it… from the time we wake up to the time we go to sleep, it’s thank you, thank you, thank you.  Our morning prayers thank God for everything from standing to having the strength to wake up.  At each meal, we thank God for having food, and then again after the meal, for having had food.  When it’s all said and done (assuming you’ve said and done it all), the proposed Jewish day includes more than 100 “thank you’s”.

So, this Thanksgiving, know that the only thing that really differentiates this day from all other days is somewhere in the ballpark of 4,000 calories.

“Daven” is Latin!

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

“Daven” is a Yiddish word that means “to pray”.  We might say that we are going to “Daven Mincha”, which means that we will pray the afternoon service, Mincha.

Where did the word daven come from?  Not from Yiddish!  It’s origins are actually Latin!  It comes from the word “divine”, and helps us remember who we are praying to when we daven.

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Thursday, November 12th, 2009

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Of the 660 Nobel prizes from 1901 – 1990, 160 have been won by Jews.

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

In the end, Jews win more Nobel prizes than any other ethnicity. They win 40x more than should be expected of them, based upon their small population numbers.

“shul” actually means “school”

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

We use the word “shul” because that’s what our grandparents said… but why did they say it?

The word “shul” is derived from the Yiddish word for “school”, and helps to emphasize the importance of study in the synagogue.