World Jewish Population is Up
By Micah Halpern
Thursday September 13, 2018
I've Been Thinking:
New numbers are in.
According to the Jewish Agency, the Jewish population increased over the last year by 100,000. The total number of Jews in the world is now 14.7 million people.
There are 6.6 million Jews living in Israel.
8.1 million Jews live in the Diaspora, that means they live outside of Israel.
Of that number, 5.7 million live in the United States.
The second largest population outside of Israel is France where 453,000 Jews currently live.
The third largest Jewish community outside of Israel is Canada with 391,000 Jews.
The lessons gleaned from these numbers are important. But, numbers can be deceptive. The question needs to be asked: What activity do these 14.7 million people actually practice? In other words, what criteria was used in labeling someone Jewish?
The answer is that these 14.7 million people classify themselves as Jewish.
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