Thursday, November 15, 2012

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.

5 Comments:

At Thu Nov 15, 11:33:00 AM 2012, Anonymous Yochanan said...

And 6 million were killed during the Holocaust. Is there a connection?

 
At Thu Nov 15, 12:15:00 PM 2012, Blogger yaak said...

Yochanan, that's what was meant in the first bullet point.

 
At Thu Nov 15, 02:47:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Yaak,

There is an interesting article on World Net Daily titled "12th-century rabbi predicted Israel's future" It is about R' Yehuda HaChasid predicting the events of 1917-1967 and 1967-2017.
I would be interesting in hearing your thoughts on the article.
Kol tuv,
AZ

 
At Thu Nov 15, 03:20:00 PM 2012, Blogger yaak said...

AZ,

A very interesting article indeed. Thanks for sharing. I may post it later.

 
At Thu Nov 22, 09:34:00 PM 2012, Blogger in the vanguard said...

It may appear at first thought that Targum Yonansan's figure is odd, for, after all, every birth was with sextuplets...

On the other hand, we must remember no less than 80% of Yidden never made it out, and for them the darkness plague is when their "lights went out" too.

 

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