"The global Jewish population grew by more than 88,000 people over the past year, and now stands at 13.75 million, according to a new study published y Professor Sergio DellaPergola of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Though the huge number of simchas is a boon to the Jewish people, it pales in comparison to the growth rate of the rest of the world. While the Jewish population grew by 0.65% in 2012, the global population grew by almost double that – 1.26%. According to the study, one out of every 514 people in the world is Jewish – less than 0.2% of the world population.
"The report noted that the largest Jewish population in the world resides in Israel – 5.97 million, accounting for 43% of the world’s Jews. 5.46 million – 39% – live in the United States. The number of Jews living outside of Israel shrunk by over 10,000 people, due to intermarriage and aliyah. Intermarriage is a significant factor in US Jewish population rates, due to the fact that over 50% of Jews who married in the last year married outside the faith."
This morning's Jerusalem Post, on page 5, reports that one set of triplets, and seven sets of twins were born over the weekend (Shabbat I imagine).
Slowly, the master plan for the Geula is shaping before our eyes. Israel's population is growing, the ingathering is continuing, with America's Jews being the most resistant to returning Home. And now the righting of an historical wrong is getting started today:
'I am a Refugee' Campaign Launch Monday
First international conference to highlight the issue of the Jewish refugees from Arab lands being held in Jerusalem.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in conjunction with the Ministry of Pensioners Affairs and the World Jewish Congress, will hold the first international conference to highlight the issue of the Jewish refugees from Arab countries Monday at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem. Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon will speak about a plan of action to make the issue prominent in the international arena, including placing it on the United Nations' agenda and passing resolutions in parliaments around the world." read more at I Am a Refugee