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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

7 Billion Humans; 13 Million are Jews

Nadene Goldfoot
There will be 7 billion humans on this earth by next week.  In the year 2025 it is predicted that there will be 8 billion:  that is, if they can improve our planet's water purity, food and jobs issue.  There's not much we can do about the scattered earthquakes that take a toll in the population. 

In 2010 there were 5,275,000 Jews in the United States  which was 1.7% of the population.  American Jews comprised 39.3% of the world Jewish population.  At the same time, there were 5,703,700 Jews in Israel making 75.5% of Israel, which is a Jewish state.  They made up 42.5% of the total world Jewish population  There are a  few scattered in other countries. For instance, South Africa had 70,800 Jews which was 0.1% of their population.  They made up 0.5% of the total world Jewish population.   Worldwide, we had 13,421,000 Jews.  This is less than 1% of the total world population or 0.2%  . 

Way back in the 11th Century CE, Ashkenazim Jews made up only 3% of the total Jews in the world.  Most were Sepharim and Mizrakhim. 

There were only about 50,000 Jews living in Europe in  the 15th Century but by the start of the 19th Century there were 5 million. By 1931,  92% of the Jews were Ashkenazim.  We know that 6 million perished in the Holocaust of the 20th Century, basically all Ashkenazim. Today Ashkenazim make up 80% of the Jewry of the world. 

We may not have a large population, but we make up for it in having outstanding people. 


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