Monday, October 15, 2012

Hebrew U study: 13.75 million Jews in the world

YNet   The global Jewish population reached 13.75 million in the past year, with an increase of 88,000 people, a study by Hebrew University Professor Sergio DellaPergola reveals.

According to the study, one out of every 514 people in the world is Jewish, less than 0.2% of mankind.

About 43% of the world’s Jewish community lives in Israel, making Israel the country with the largest Jewish population.

The Israeli Jewish population stands at 5,978,600, up 1.8%; the Arab population numbers at 1,636,600, up 2.4%; and the rest of the population including Christians and non-Jews reached 318,000 people, up 1.3%. Israel’s Jewish population makes up 75% of the state’s total people.

1 comment :

  1. mixing apples and orangesOctober 15, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    This number is really a mixing of apples and oranges. In most countries,
    the people being counted are those who self-identify as Jews. In EY,
    it's the people the rabbanut counts as Jews.

    The number of non-Jews in the chu"l count is far far greater than those
    in the EY count. So, when Prof Della-Pergola or YNet concludes "About
    43% of the world's Jewish community lives in Israel", the percentage of
    halachic Jews in EY is far higher.

    It has probably reached rov. And all the rishonim's discussion of
    shemitah, yovel, and tu"m deOraisa, and whether it depends on the shevatim
    being back in their own nachalos or not, is now halakhah lemaaseh.


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