24 January 2013

The Israelites were fruitful and multiplied ...

The Israelites were fruitful and multiplied while Joseph was alive ... but after Yosef died ... "Pharoah: 'the Israelites have become much too numerous ... we must deal shrewdly with them ... devise a plan ... and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh' ... "


Jewish Population in New York Area Skyrocketing so says a 469 Page UJA-Federation of New York Study:

The data offer a glimpse of demographic trends that are reshaping the makeup of the world’s most important Diaspora Jewish community. The 469-page study, carried out by a team of sociologists and claiming to be the ”most comprehensive and detailed study ever conducted on local Jewish areas,” also shows significant changes elsewhere in the metropolitan area.

The number of Jews living in the northern Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights skyrocketed by 144 percent. The Bronx, a former bastion of Jewish life that had seen a long period of decline, is rebounding, with the number of Jews rising from 45,100 to 53,900 in the past 10 years. More Jewish families live in a single Manhattan neighborhood, the Upper West Side (43,900), than in all of Cleveland, Ohio (38,300).




From the Pesach Haggadah

"Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, but the Israelites were fruitful and multiplied greatly and became exceedingly numerous, so that the land was filled with them.

"Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt. 'Look,' he said to his people, 'the Israelites have become much too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.'

"So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly. They made their lives bitter with hard labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their hard labor the Egyptians used them ruthlessly ..."

Exodus Map from Paul Segsworth Design. [All content & design © Paul Segsworth. Antique book photography © Joe Cicak.]

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