Some amazing facts about Jews

  • Judaism is one of the oldest religions in the world.
  • Judaism is the only religion in the world that has a land that it is attached to and lost and is in the process of regaining it back.
  • The original language of Judaism is Hebrew, and is still used by Jews today.
  • Jews have 613 commandments, outlined in the Torah , as opposed to non-Jews 7 .
  • At the age of 13, Jewish boys become responsible for their own action, and usually hold a ceremony to commemorate their rite of passage from childhood into adulthood, when they become bar mitzvah (for boys) or bat mitzvah (for girls at age 12).
  • The seventh day of the week is the Sabbath. Jews are commanded to keep the Sabbath as a day of rest, as G-d rested after six days of creating the world.
  • Gematria is the name of a system of Jewish numerology, assigning a numerical value to letters and is used to demonstrate concepts.
  • The Sanhedrin, the chief court of law in the ancient Jewish tradition comprised of 71 rabbis.
  • The Western Wall is a large retaining wall that is left of the second Jewish Temple, built in Jerusalem by King Herod. It is located on the western side of the Temple Mount. Jews gather there daily for prayer and celebration.
  • In Judaism there are 4 different New Year days; Rosh Hashanah the beginning of creation, Tu B’Shevat for the trees (counting of growth), Passover the beginning of the Jewish people and Elul the year of counting cows.
  • Medicinal Marijuana is Considered Kosher.
  • There is a theory that the rulers of the first Feudal state of Eastern Europe, the Khazars, converted en masse to Judaism in the 8th Century and we have the philosophic book called the Khazar.
  • In Judaism, finding someone a job that enables self-sufficiency is considered the highest form of charity; there are 8 levels.
  • The Vulcan salute, used by Mr. Spock on Star Trek, was taken from the Priestly Blessing of Judaism.
  • In Judaism, you don’t need to be Jewish to get into the “next world” (Heaven).
  • At least 400 descendants of Nazis have converted to Judaism and moved to Israel.
  • Christmas ham, originally a pagan tradition, was endorsed by the Catholic Church as a test of truthful conversion from Judaism.
  • “Shabbat elevators” stop at every floor to avoid pressing buttons, which is considered “doing work” on Shabbat, thus forbidden, in Judaism.
  • Giraffes are kosher for eating, according to Judaism. Some say we don’t know where to cut the neck so we don’t eat them.
  • In Judaism, there’s a blessing thanking God for having the ability to excrete.
  • With peanuts introduced to their diets earlier (mostly in the form of the snack, Bamba), babies in Israel are 10 times less likely to suffer from a peanut allergy than Jewish children in the UK and USA.
  • Israel is alone in having revived an unspoken language as its national tongue.
  • Israel is one of only two countries that began the 21st century with a net gain in the number of its trees.
  • Some buses and stations around Israel bear the inscription “You shall rise before the aged and show deference to the old” — a quote from Leviticus intended to encourage courtesy among passengers.
  • An estimated million notes are left in the Kotel each year — and cleaned out before Pesach and Rosh Hashanah.
  • Israeli bank notes have Braille on them.
  • The glue on Israeli stamps is kosher.
  • Per square kilometer, Israel has one of the highest levels of bird traffic in the world. Over 500 million migrating birds cross its airspace.
  • Every year, an Israeli Arab hotel manager called Jaaber Hussein buys all of the state’s chametz for Pesach.
  • There are around 273 kibbutzim in Israel.
  • The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth The Dead Sea is also 8.6 times saltier than the ocean.
  • Israel has the highest number of museums per head in the world.
  • More than nine out of 10 Israeli homes use solar power to heat water.
  • People who keep Shabbat can buy car insurance which doesn’t cover Saturdays, making it cheaper.
  • The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is the world’s oldest continuously used cemetery
  • The diet of animals at the biblical zoo of Jerusalem is altered over Pesach in accordance with kashrut.
  • It was common for Jewish rabbis to use an abbreviated form of their name.Rashi, for instance, is Rabbi Shlomo ben (son of) Yitzhak.
  • The last name Cohen means “priest” and unless the name has been changed; it means that  from the father the family came from Aaron the brother of Moshe.
  • Again, unless the name has been changed; all Horowitz, Hurowitz and other variations are from one family and are Levim – from the tribe that Cohen also came from Levy.
  • The English term “messiah” comes from the Hebrew word, “mashiach” which means to anoint based on the oil poured on King David’s head when he was anointed by Shmuel to be king and when the Mashiach comes he will be anointed with olive oil on his head when he will be recognized.
  • The Hebrew word for “commandment” is mitzvoth.
  • In 1984, members of this Jewish community were airlifted to Israel in a secret mission known as “Operation Moses” from Ethiopia.
  • At least 194 Jews and people of half- or three-quarters-Jewish ancestry have been awarded the Nobel Prize,1 accounting for 22% of all individual recipients .
  • Jewish Population (2014) Historic Jewish Population … 29,700,000. 8,000. 0.03 %
  • If you want to boycott Israel you would have to live without many inventions the world depends on.

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