Welcome to this week’s special chametz-free Good News Friday Pesach edition. 🙂
We start with the wonderful news that over Pesach the number of Jews living in Israel crossed the 6 million mark, making Israel the largest population centre of Jews in the world, and at the same time creating a positive mirror image to the number of Jews who were murdered in the Shoah:
Israel’s Jewish population crossed the 6 million mark during Passover, a symbolic sign of peaceful vengeance for the approximately same number of Jews who were exterminated by the Nazi regime.
The Israel Jewish community, which compromises approximately 75 percent of the total population outside of Judea and Samaria, now is the largest in the world, depending on one’s definition of “Who is a Jew?”
The American Jewish population is estimated by most sources as being 5.5 million, while it is up to 2 million larger if one includes as Jewish those who were born to Jewish fathers but not to Jewish mothers and those who were not converted according to Jewish tradition.
The largest American Jewish population center is in New York City, with approximately 2 million. followed by nearly half a million in Paris.
There are approximately 380,000 Jews in Canada, with most of them living in metropolitan Toronto. Next in Line is Britain’s 290,000 Jews.
Sadly this is not solely good news since the report goes on to tell us that the Jewish population in the rest of the world is shrinking due to assimilation. But the fact that the Jewish population in Israel is growing ever stronger is excellent news in and of itself, and is a sweet revenge against the murderous intentions of all our enemies, past and present. And of course I’m delighted that our new granddaughter can be added to this burgeoning number.
My next item for this week also concerns Israel, or more specifically, Jerusalem. Record numbers of Israelis flocked to Jerusalem during the Hol Hamo’ed days (intermediate days) of Pesach, visiting the Old City, the Biblical Zoo, and of course attending the Birkat Cohanim (Priestly Blessing) ceremony at the kotel. The Times of Israel , the Jerusalem Post and Arutz Sheva have great photo essays.
Christian tourists too have been flocking to Jerusaelm to mark Good Friday and to celebrate Easter.
And for today’s finale, I bring you Happy Pesach wishes from the soldiers of the IDF:
Shabbat Shalom, Mo’adim le’simcha and chag same’ach to all those celebrating.