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Jewish Population Stands Far Below Pre-Holocaust Numbers

“Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” says your God. “Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins.” Isa. 40: 1-2

A new report released this week by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics revealed that the global Jewish population was recorded at 14.7 million people by the end of 2018. According to the information, presented on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the total Jewish population worldwide remains well below its pre-Holocaust peak. Jews living around the world by the eve of World War II in 1939, had grown to a population of over 16.6 million. In 1948, on the eve of the establishment of the State, the number of Jews worldwide was 11.5 million, of whom 650,000 were in Israel (6%). By the end of 2018, the worldwide Jewish population had risen to 14.7 million, with 6.7 million, or 45.6%, living in the State of Israel. The second-largest Jewish population in the world is in the USA, with 5.7 million Jews, followed by France, with about 450,000 Jews. (VFI News)

We read the tragic chapters of the past that have recorded the decrease of the Jewish population due to anti-Semitic hatred and violence. Yet whether we look to the past, present or future we praise God that He is in the process of fulfilling the promise made to His people thousands of years ago: "And the Lord your God will bring you to the land that your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it, and He will make you more prosperous and more numerous than your fathers." Deut. 30:5