Fun and interesting facts: Yediot Achronot ran a multi-page spread right before Rosh Hashana about where we are as a nation, some demographic data, and some curious trivia, all wrapped around a lovely photo of what is dubbed our most international battalion, part of the Paratrooper corps. These guys range from Sabras (born in Israel) to guys who have only been here a year. Countries of origin include Guatemala, Ethiopia, France, United States, Kazakhstan, Argentina, Romania, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, and Scotland. Each is saying Happy Rosh Hashana in his language. Here’s a part of the picture:
Some interesting demographic data:
- Our entire nation consists of 7,645,500 people (up 1.8% from last year).
- 4.1 million (71.7%) are Sabra’im (born in Israel).
- 5.77 million Jews, 1.56 million Moslem Arabs, and about 315K other (Christians, Druzim, etc.).
- Life expectancy is 79.7 (men) and 83.5 (women). (Compare that to 75.7 and 80.7, respectively, from the US.)
- The most densely populated place in the country is Bnei Brak, with 21,031 people per square kilometer. (Compare that to 4,200 for Gaza!)
- Here’s my favorite one of all: in the past year, 2.5 million Israelis made international flights. Granted, many of these are repeat travelers, but stack that up against the US, with a population of 310 million and only 68 million passports issued! Yes, that is right; only 22% of Americans have passports. Shocking.
A quiet Yom Kippur: Apart from the usual hot spell that seems to always arrive in time to make the fast more difficult, it was a quiet day. Terri refused to repent for her many sins, which include lunging, chasing cats, eating garbage, rolling in stinky things, eating cow poo, carrying mouthfuls of kibble onto the bed to eat, horking up on the sofa, and shedding. Of course, I can’t question the wisdom of Wendy Francisco. May we all have a year with more wagging and less barking.