6 Million Jews
Rafi, among others, had recently noted that we are at - or almost at - the point of 6 million Jews living in Israel. (I also noted this with a link a few months ago too.)
Rav Fish, in his latest, notes a few things about this, the first of which he said previously:
- The previous Belzer Rebbe, after the Holocaust, told the Kloisenberger Rebbe that Mashiah will come when we fill what we had lost.
- Targum Yonatan on Shemot 12:37-38 (and see the Peirush Yonatan there) tells us that there were 3,600,000 Jews who left Egypt, plus 2,400,000 Erav Rav who left Egypt. Altogether, there were 6 million.
- The book צִיּוּנִים בְּדֶרֶךְ הַחַיִּים (written by a Rav in Milwaukee) says that during the reign of King David, there was a population of 6 million, based on Shemuel Bet 24:9, which tells us that there were 1,300,000 men from the ages 30-50.