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The JEWS (/dʒuːz/ ; Hebrew : יְהוּדִים‎ ISO 259-3 Yhudim, Israeli pronunciation ), also known as the JEWISH PEOPLE, are an ethnoreligious group and nation originating from the Israelites
Israelites
, or Hebrews
Hebrews
, of the Ancient Near East . Jewish ethnicity , nationhood and religion are strongly interrelated, as Judaism
Judaism
is the traditional faith of the Jewish nation, while its observance varies from strict observance to complete nonobservance.

Jews
Jews
originated as a national and religious group in the Middle East during the second millennium BCE, in the part of the Levant
Levant
known as the Land of Israel
Israel
. The Merneptah Stele appears to confirm the existence of a people of Israel
Israel
somewhere in Canaan
Canaan
as far back as the 13th century BCE (Late Bronze Age). The Israelites, as an outgrowth of the Canaanite population, consolidated their hold with the emergence of the Kingdom of Israel
Israel
, and the Kingdom of Judah . Some consider that these Canaanite sedentary Israelites
Israelites
melded with incoming nomadic groups known as 'Hebrews'. Though few sources in the Bible mention the exilic periods in detail, the experience of diaspora life, from the Ancient Egyptian rule over the Levant
Levant
, to Assyrian Captivity and Exile , to Babylonian Captivity and Exile , to Seleucid Imperial rule , to the Roman occupation and Exile , and the historical relations between Jews
Jews
and their homeland thereafter, became a major feature of Jewish history, identity and memory.

The worldwide Jewish population
Jewish population
reached a peak of 16.7 million prior to World War II
World War II
, but approximately 6 million Jews
Jews
were systematically murdered during the Holocaust . Since then the population has slowly risen again, and as of 2016 was estimated at 14.4 million by the Berman Jewish DataBank , or less than 0.2% of the total world population (roughly one in every 514 people). According to the report, about 44% of all Jews
Jews
reside in Israel
Israel
(6.3 million), and 40% in the United States
United States
(5.7 million), with most of the remainder living in Europe
Europe
(1.4 million) and Canada
Canada
(0.4 million). These numbers include all those who self-identified as Jews
Jews
in a socio-demographic study or were identified as such by a respondent in the same household. The exact world Jewish population, however, is difficult to measure. In addition to issues with census methodology, disputes among proponents of halakhic , secular, political, and ancestral identification factors regarding who is a Jew may affect the figure considerably depending on the source. Israel
Israel
is the only country where Jews
Jews
form a majority of the population. The modern State of Israel
Israel
was established as a Jewish state and defines itself as such in its Declaration of Independence and Basic Laws . Its Law of Return grants the right of citizenship to any Jew who requests it.

Despite their small percentage of the world's population, Jews
Jews
have significantly influenced and contributed to human progress in many fields, including philosophy , ethics , literature , business , fine arts and architecture , religion , music , theatre and cinema , medicine , as well as science and technology , both historically and in modern times.

CONTENTS

* 1 Name and etymology * 2 Origins * 3 Judaism
Judaism
* 4 Babylon
Babylon
and Rome * 5 Who is a Jew? * 6 Ethnic divisions * 7 Languages * 8 Genetic studies

* 9 Demographics

* 9.1 Population centers

* 9.1.1 Israel
Israel
* 9.1.2 Diaspora (outside Israel)

* 9.2 Demographic changes

* 9.2.1 Assimilation * 9.2.2 War and persecution * 9.2.3 Migrations * 9.2.4 Growth

* 10 Leadership * 11 Notable individuals * 12 See also * 13 References * 14 Further reading * 15 External links

NAME AND ETYMOLOGY

Main articles: Jew (word)
Jew (word)
and Ioudaios

The English word Jew continues Middle English Gyw, Iewe. These terms derive from Old French giu, earlier juieu, which had elided (dropped) the letter "d" from the Medieval Latin Iudaeus, which, like the New Testament Greek term Ioudaios , meant both Jews
Jews
and Judeans / "of Judea ".

The Greek term was originally a loan from Aramaic Y'hūdāi, corresponding to Hebrew : יְהוּדִי‎, Yehudi (sg.); יְהוּדִים‎, Yehudim (pl. ), in origin the term for a member of the tribe of Judah or the people of the kingdom of Judah . According to the Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
, the name of both the tribe and kingdom derive from Judah , the fourth son of Jacob
Jacob
.

The Hebrew word for Jew, יְהוּדִי‎ ISO 259-3 Yhudi, is pronounced , with the stress on the final syllable, in Israeli Hebrew, in its basic form. The Ladino name is ג׳ודיו‎, Djudio (sg.); ג׳ודיוס‎, Djudios (pl.); Yiddish
Yiddish
: ייִד‎ Yid (sg.); ייִדן‎, Yidn (pl.).

The etymological equivalent is in use in other languages, e.g., يَهُودِيّ yahūdī (sg.), al-yahūd (pl.), and بَنُو اِسرَائِيل banū isrāʼīl in Arabic
Arabic
, "Jude" in German , "judeu" in Portuguese , "juif" in French , "jøde" in Danish and Norwegian , "judío" in Spanish , "jood" in Dutch , "żyd" in Polish etc., but derivations of the word "Hebrew" are also in use to describe a Jew, e.g., in Italian (Ebreo), in Persian ("Ebri/Ebrani" (Persian : عبری/عبرانی‎‎)) and Russian (Еврей, Yevrey). The German word "Jude" is pronounced , the corresponding adjective "jüdisch" (Jewish) is the origin of the word "Yiddish". (See Jewish ethnonyms for a full overview.)

According to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language , fourth edition (2000):

It is widely recognized that the attributive use of the noun Jew, in phrases such as Jew lawyer or Jew ethics, is both vulgar and highly offensive. In such contexts Jewish is the only acceptable possibility. Some people, however, have become so wary of this construction that they have extended the stigma to any use of Jew as a noun, a practice that carries risks of its own. In a sentence such as There are now several Jews
Jews
on the council, which is unobjectionable, the substitution of a circumlocution like Jewish people or persons of Jewish background may in itself cause offense for seeming to imply that Jew has a negative connotation when used as a noun.

ORIGINS

See also: Origins of Judaism
Judaism
, Jewish history , Israelites
Israelites
, History of Ancient Israel
Israel
and Judah , and Canaan
Canaan
Map of Canaan
Canaan

A factual reconstruction for the origin of the Jews
Jews
is a difficult and complex endeavor. It requires examining at least 3,000 years of ancient human history using documents in vast quantities and variety written in at least ten near Eastern languages. As archaeological discovery relies upon researchers and scholars from diverse disciplines, the goal is to interpret all of the factual data, focusing on the most consistent theory. In this case, it is complicated by long standing politics and religious and cultural prejudices.

According to the Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
narrative, Jewish ancestry is traced back to the Biblical patriarchs such as Abraham
Abraham
, his son Isaac
Isaac
, Isaac's son Jacob
Jacob
, and the Biblical matriarchs Sarah
Sarah
, Rebecca
Rebecca
, Leah , and Rachel
Rachel
, who lived in Canaan
Canaan
. The Twelve Tribes are described as descending from the twelve sons of Jacob. Jacob
Jacob
and his family migrated to Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt
after being invited to live with Jacob's son Joseph by the Pharaoh himself. The patriarchs' descendants were later enslaved until the Exodus led by Moses
Moses
, after which the Israelites conquered Canaan
Canaan
under Moses' successor Joshua
Joshua
, went through the period of the Biblical judges after the death of Joshua, then through the mediation of Samuel
Samuel
became subject to a king, Saul
Saul
, who was succeeded by David
David
and then Solomon
Solomon
, after whom the United Monarchy ended and was split into a separate Kingdom of Israel
Israel
and a Kingdom of Judah . The Kingdom of Judah is described as comprising the Tribe of Judah , the Tribe of Benjamin , and partially the tribe of Tribe of Levi , and later adding other tribes who migrated there from the Kingdom of Israel.

Modern archaeology has largely discarded the historicity of this narrative, with it being reframed as constituting the Israelites
Israelites
' inspiring national myth narrative. The Israelites
Israelites
and their culture, according to the modern archaeological account, did not overtake the region by force, but instead branched out of the Canaanite peoples and culture through the development of a distinct monolatristic —and later monotheistic —religion centered on Yahweh , one of the Ancient Canaanite deities . The growth of Yahweh-centric belief, along with a number of cultic practices, gradually gave rise to a distinct Israelite
Israelite
ethnic group , setting them apart from other Canaanites.

The Israelites
Israelites
become visible in the historical record as a people between 1200 and 1000 BCE. It is not certain if a period like that of the Biblical judges occurred nor if there was ever a United Monarchy . There is well accepted archeological evidence referring to "Israel" in the Merneptah Stele which dates to about 1200 BCE; and the Canaanites
Canaanites
are archeologically attested in the Middle Bronze Age , There is debate about the earliest existence of the Kingdoms of Israel
Israel
and Judah and their extent and power, but historians agree that a Kingdom of Israel
Israel
existed by ca. 900 BCE :169–195 and that a Kingdom of Judah existed by ca. 700 BCE. It is widely accepted that the Kingdom of Israel
Israel
was destroyed around 720 BCE, when it was conquered by the Neo-Assyrian Empire .

The term Jew originated from the Roman "Judean" and denoted someone from the southern kingdom of Judah. The shift of ethnonym from "Israelites" to "Jews" (inhabitant of Judah), although not contained in the Torah
Torah
, is made explicit in the Book of Esther (4th century BCE), a book in the Ketuvim , the third section of the Jewish Tanakh . In 587 BCE Nebuchadnezzar II , King of the Neo-Babylonian Empire , besieged Jerusalem
Jerusalem
, destroyed the First Temple , and deported the most prominent citizens of Judah.

According to the book of Ezra
Ezra
, the Persian Cyrus the Great
Cyrus the Great
ended th Babylonian exile in 538 BCE, the year after he captured Babylon. The exile ended with the return under Zerubbabel the Prince (so-called because he was a descendant of the royal line of David
David
) and Joshua the Priest (a descendant of the line of the former High Priests of the Temple) and their construction of the Second Temple
Second Temple
in the period 521–516 BCE. The Cyrus Cylinder , an ancient tablet on which is written a declaration in the name of Cyrus referring to restoration of temples and repatriation of exiled peoples, has often been taken as corroboration of the authenticity of the biblical decrees attributed to Cyrus, but other scholars point out that the cylinder's text is specific to Babylon
Babylon
and Mesopotamia and makes no mention of Judah or Jerusalem. Professor Lester L. Grabbe asserted that the "alleged decree of Cyrus" regarding Judah, "cannot be considered authentic", but that there was a "general policy of allowing deportees to return and to re-establish cult sites". He also stated that archaeology suggests that the return was a "trickle" taking place over decades, rather than a single event.

As part of the Persian Empire , the former Kingdom of Judah became the province of Judah ( Yehud Medinata
Yehud Medinata
) with different borders, covering a smaller territory. The population of the province was greatly reduced from that of the kingdom, archaeological surveys showing a population of around 30,000 people in the 5th to 4th centuries BCE. :308 The region was under control of the Achaemenids until the fall of their empire in c. 333 BCE to Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great
. Jews
Jews
were also politically independent during the Hasmonean dynasty spanning from 140 to 37 BCE and to some degree under the Herodian dynasty from 37 BCE to 6 CE. Since the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, most Jews
Jews
have lived in diaspora .

Genetic studies on Jews show that most Jews
Jews
worldwide bear a common genetic heritage which originates in the Middle East
Middle East
, and that they bear their strongest resemblance to the peoples of the Fertile Crescent . The genetic composition of different Jewish groups shows that Jews
Jews
share a common genetic pool dating back 4,000 years, as a marker of their common ancestral origin. Despite their long-term separation, Jewish communities maintained commonalities in culture, tradition, and language.

JUDAISM

Main article: Judaism
Judaism

The Jewish people and the religion of Judaism
Judaism
are strongly interrelated. Converts to Judaism
Judaism
typically have a status within the Jewish ethnos equal to those born into it. However, several converts to Judaism, as well as ex-Jews, have claimed that converts are treated as second-class Jews
Jews
by many of the born-Jews. Conversion is not encouraged by mainstream Judaism, and is considered a difficult task. A significant portion of conversions are undertaken by children of mixed marriages, or by would-be or current spouses of Jews.

The Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
, a religious interpretation of the traditions and early national history of the Jews, established the first of the Abrahamic religions , which are now practiced by 54% of the world. Judaism
Judaism
guides its adherents in both practice and belief, and has been called not only a religion, but also a "way of life," which has made drawing a clear distinction between Judaism, Jewish culture , and Jewish identity rather difficult. Throughout history, in eras and places as diverse as the ancient Hellenic world, in Europe
Europe
before and after The Age of Enlightenment (see Haskalah ), in Islamic Spain
Spain
and Portugal
Portugal
, in North Africa
North Africa
and the Middle East
Middle East
, India
India
, China
China
, or the contemporary United States
United States
and Israel
Israel
, cultural phenomena have developed that are in some sense characteristically Jewish without being at all specifically religious. Some factors in this come from within Judaism, others from the interaction of Jews
Jews
or specific communities of Jews
Jews
with their surroundings, others from the inner social and cultural dynamics of the community, as opposed to from the religion itself. This phenomenon has led to considerably different Jewish cultures unique to their own communities.

BABYLON AND ROME

After the destruction of the Second Temple
Second Temple
Judaism
Judaism
lost much of its sectarian nature. :69 Nevertheless, a significant Hellenized Diaspora remained, centered in Alexandria
Alexandria
, at the time the largest urban Jewish community in the world. Hellenism was a force not just in the Diaspora but also in the Land of Israel
Israel
over a long period of time. Generally, scholars view Rabbinic Judaism
Judaism
as having been meaningfully influenced by Hellenism.

Without a Temple, Greek speaking Jews
Jews
no longer looked to Jerusalem in the way they had before. Judaism
Judaism
separated into a linguistically Greek and a Hebrew / Aramaic sphere. : 8–11 The theology and religious texts of each community were distinctively different. : 11–13 Hellenized Judaism
Judaism
never developed yeshivas to study the Oral Law. Rabbinic Judaism
Judaism
(centered in the Land of Israel
Israel
and Babylon) almost entirely ignores the Hellenized Diaspora in its writings. : 13–14 Hellenized Judaism
Judaism
eventually disappeared as its practitioners assimilated into Greco-Roman culture, leaving a strong Rabbinic eastern Diaspora with large centers of learning in Babylon. : 14–16

By the first century, the Jewish community in Babylonia
Babylonia
, to which Jews
Jews
were exiled after the Babylonian conquest as well as after the Bar Kokhba revolt
Bar Kokhba revolt
in 135 CE, already held a speedily growing population of an estimated one million Jews, which increased to an estimated two million between the years 200 CE and 500 CE, both by natural growth and by immigration of more Jews
Jews
from the Land of Israel , making up about one-sixth of the world Jewish population
Jewish population
at that era. The 13th-century author Bar Hebraeus gave a figure of 6,944,000 Jews
Jews
in the Roman world Salo Wittmayer Baron considered the figure convincing. The figure of seven million within and one million outside the Roman world in the mid-first century became widely accepted, including by Louis Feldman . However, contemporary scholars now accept that Bar Hebraeus based his figure on a census of total Roman citizens. The figure of 6,944,000 being recorded in Eusebius\' Chronicon . Louis Feldman, previously an active supporter of the figure, now states that he and Baron were mistaken. : 185 Feldman's views on active Jewish missionizing have also changed. While viewing classical Judaism
Judaism
as being receptive to converts, especially from the second century BCE through the first century CE, he points to a lack of either missionizing tracts or records of the names of rabbis who sought converts, as evidence for the lack of active Jewish missionizing. : 205–06 Feldman maintains that conversion to Judaism was common and the Jewish population
Jewish population
was large both within the Land of Israel
Israel
and in the Diaspora. : 183–203, 206 Other historians believe that conversion during the Roman era
Roman era
was limited in number and did not account for much of the Jewish population
Jewish population
growth, due to various factors such as the illegality of male conversion to Judaism
Judaism
in the Roman world from the mid-second century. Another factor that made conversion difficult in the Roman world was the halakhic requirement of circumcision , a requirement that proselytizing Christianity quickly dropped . The Fiscus Judaicus
Fiscus Judaicus
, a tax imposed on Jews
Jews
in 70 CE and relaxed to exclude Christians in 96 CE, also limited Judaism's appeal.

WHO IS A JEW?

Main articles: Who is a Jew? and Jewish identity

Judaism
Judaism
shares some of the characteristics of a nation , an ethnicity , a religion , and a culture , making the definition of who is a Jew vary slightly depending on whether a religious or national approach to identity is used. Generally, in modern secular usage Jews
Jews
include three groups: people who were born to a Jewish family regardless of whether or not they follow the religion, those who have some Jewish ancestral background or lineage (sometimes including those who do not have strictly matrilineal descent ), and people without any Jewish ancestral background or lineage who have formally converted to Judaism
Judaism
and therefore are followers of the religion.

Historical definitions of Jewish identity have traditionally been based on halakhic definitions of matrilineal descent, and halakhic conversions. Historical definitions of who is a Jew date back to the codification of the Oral Torah
Torah
into the Babylonian Talmud
Talmud
, around 200 CE . Interpretations of sections of the Tanakh, such as Deuteronomy 7:1–5, by Jewish sages, are used as a warning against intermarriage between Jews
Jews
and Canaanites
Canaanites
because " will cause your child to turn away from Me and they will worship the gods (i.e., idols) of others." Leviticus 24:10 says that the son in a marriage between a Hebrew woman and an Egyptian man is "of the community of Israel." This is complemented by Ezra
Ezra
10:2–3, where Israelites
Israelites
returning from Babylon vow to put aside their gentile wives and their children. Since the anti-religious Haskalah movement of the late 18th and 19th centuries, halakhic interpretations of Jewish identity have been challenged.

According to historian Shaye J. D. Cohen , the status of the offspring of mixed marriages was determined patrilineally in the Bible. He brings two likely explanations for the change in Mishnaic times: first, the Mishnah may have been applying the same logic to mixed marriages as it had applied to other mixtures (Kil\'ayim ). Thus, a mixed marriage is forbidden as is the union of a horse and a donkey , and in both unions the offspring are judged matrilineally. Second, the Tannaim may have been influenced by Roman law , which dictated that when a parent could not contract a legal marriage, offspring would follow the mother .

ETHNIC DIVISIONS

Main article: Jewish ethnic divisions Ashkenazi Jews of late 19th century Eastern Europe
Europe
portrayed in Jews
Jews
Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur (1878), by Maurycy Gottlieb
Maurycy Gottlieb

Within the world's Jewish population
Jewish population
there are distinct ethnic divisions, most of which are primarily the result of geographic branching from an originating Israelite
Israelite
population, and subsequent independent evolutions. An array of Jewish communities was established by Jewish settlers in various places around the Old World , often at great distances from one another, resulting in effective and often long-term isolation. During the millennia of the Jewish diaspora the communities would develop under the influence of their local environments: political , cultural , natural , and populational. Today, manifestations of these differences among the Jews
Jews
can be observed in Jewish cultural expressions of each community, including Jewish linguistic diversity , culinary preferences, liturgical practices, religious interpretations, as well as degrees and sources of genetic admixture . Sephardi
Sephardi
Jewish couple from Sarajevo
Sarajevo
in traditional clothing. Photo taken in 1900.

Jews
Jews
are often identified as belonging to one of two major groups: the Ashkenazim and the Sephardim . Ashkenazim, or "Germanics" ( Ashkenaz meaning " Germany
Germany
" in Hebrew), are so named denoting their German Jewish cultural and geographical origins, while Sephardim, or " Hispanics " ( Sefarad meaning " Spain
Spain
/ Hispania
Hispania
" or " Iberia
Iberia
" in Hebrew), are so named denoting their Spanish/Portuguese Jewish cultural and geographic origins. The more common term in Israel
Israel
for many of those broadly called Sephardim, is Mizrahim (lit. "Easterners", Mizrach being "East" in Hebrew), that is, in reference to the diverse collection of Middle Eastern and North African Jews
Jews
who are often, as a group, referred to collectively as Sephardim (together with Sephardim proper) for liturgical reasons, although Mizrahi Jewish groups and Sephardi Jews proper are ethnically distinct.

Smaller groups include, but are not restricted to, Indian Jews
Indian Jews
such as the Bene Israel
Israel
, Bnei Menashe
Bnei Menashe
, Cochin Jews
Cochin Jews
, and Bene Ephraim ; the Romaniotes of Greece; the Italian Jews ("Italkim" or "Bené Roma"); the Teimanim from Yemen
Yemen
; various African Jews
Jews
, including most numerously the Beta Israel
Israel
of Ethiopia
Ethiopia
; and Chinese Jews
Jews
, most notably the Kaifeng Jews , as well as various other distinct but now almost extinct communities.

The divisions between all these groups are approximate and their boundaries are not always clear. The Mizrahim for example, are a heterogeneous collection of North African , Central Asian , Caucasian , and Middle Eastern Jewish communities that are no closer related to each other than they are to any of the earlier mentioned Jewish groups. In modern usage, however, the Mizrahim are sometimes termed Sephardi
Sephardi
due to similar styles of liturgy, despite independent development from Sephardim proper. Thus, among Mizrahim there are Egyptian Jews , Iraqi Jews
Iraqi Jews
, Lebanese Jews , Kurdish Jews , Libyan Jews
Jews
, Syrian Jews , Bukharian Jews , Mountain Jews , Georgian Jews
Georgian Jews
, Iranian Jews and various others. The Teimanim from Yemen
Yemen
are sometimes included, although their style of liturgy is unique and they differ in respect to the admixture found among them to that found in Mizrahim. In addition, there is a differentiation made between Sephardi
Sephardi
migrants who established themselves in the Middle East
Middle East
and North Africa
North Africa
after the expulsion of the Jews
Jews
from Spain
Spain
and Portugal
Portugal
in the 1490s and the pre-existing Jewish communities in those regions. Yemenite Jew blows shofar , 1947

Ashkenazi Jews represent the bulk of modern Jewry, with at least 70% of Jews
Jews
worldwide (and up to 90% prior to World War II
World War II
and the Holocaust ). As a result of their emigration from Europe, Ashkenazim also represent the overwhelming majority of Jews
Jews
in the New World continents, in countries such as the United States
United States
, Canada
Canada
, Argentina
Argentina
, Australia
Australia
, and Brazil
Brazil
. In France
France
, the immigration of Jews
Jews
from Algeria
Algeria
(Sephardim) has led them to outnumber the Ashkenazim. Only in Israel
Israel
is the Jewish population
Jewish population
representative of all groups, a melting pot independent of each group's proportion within the overall world Jewish population.

LANGUAGES

Main article: Jewish languages A page from Elia Levita 's (right to left) Yiddish
Yiddish
-Hebrew -Latin -German dictionary (1542) contains a list of nations, including an entry for Jew: Hebrew : יְהוּדִי‎‎, Yiddish
Yiddish
: יוּד‎, German : Jud, Latin : Iudaeus

Hebrew is the liturgical language of Judaism
Judaism
(termed lashon ha-kodesh, "the holy tongue"), the language in which most of the Hebrew scriptures ( Tanakh ) were composed, and the daily speech of the Jewish people for centuries. By the 5th century BCE, Aramaic , a closely related tongue, joined Hebrew as the spoken language in Judea . By the 3rd century BCE, some Jews
Jews
of the diaspora were speaking Greek . Others, such as in the Jewish communities of Babylonia, were speaking Hebrew and Aramaic, the languages of the Babylonian Talmud
Talmud
. These languages were also used by the Jews
Jews
of Israel
Israel
at that time.

For centuries, Jews
Jews
worldwide have spoken the local or dominant languages of the regions they migrated to, often developing distinctive dialectal forms or branches that became independent languages. Yiddish
Yiddish
is the Judæo- German language developed by Ashkenazi Jews who migrated to Central Europe
Europe
. Ladino is the Judæo- Spanish language developed by Sephardic Jews
Jews
who migrated to the Iberian peninsula
Iberian peninsula
. Due to many factors, including the impact of the Holocaust on European Jewry, the Jewish exodus from Arab and Muslim
Muslim
countries , and widespread emigration from other Jewish communities around the world, ancient and distinct Jewish languages of several communities, including Judæo-Georgian , Judæo- Arabic
Arabic
, Judæo-Berber , Krymchak , Judæo-Malayalam and many others, have largely fallen out of use.

For over sixteen centuries Hebrew was used almost exclusively as a liturgical language, and as the language in which most books had been written on Judaism, with a few speaking only Hebrew on the Sabbath . Hebrew was revived as a spoken language by Eliezer ben Yehuda , who arrived in Palestine in 1881. It had not been used as a mother tongue since Tannaic times. Modern Hebrew is now one of the two official languages of the State of Israel
Israel
along with Modern Standard Arabic
Arabic
.

Despite efforts to revive Hebrew as the national language of the Jewish people, knowledge of the language is not commonly possessed by Jews
Jews
worldwide and English has emerged as the lingua franca of the Jewish diaspora. Although many Jews
Jews
once had sufficient knowledge of Hebrew to study the classic literature, and Jewish languages like Yiddish
Yiddish
and Ladino were commonly used as recently as the early 20th century, most Jews
Jews
lack such knowledge today and English has by and large superseded most Jewish vernaculars. The three most commonly spoken languages among Jews
Jews
today are Hebrew, English, and Russian . Some Romance languages
Romance languages
, particularly French and Spanish , are also widely used. Yiddish
Yiddish
has been spoken by more Jews
Jews
in history than any other language, but it is far less used today following the Holocaust and the adoption of Modern Hebrew by the Zionist movement and the State of Israel
Israel
. In some places, the mother language of the Jewish community differs from that of the general population or the dominant group. For example, in Quebec
Quebec
, the Ashkenazic majority has adopted English, while the Sephardic minority uses French as its primary language. Similarly, South African Jews
Jews
adopted English rather than Afrikaans
Afrikaans
. Due to both Czarist and Soviet policies, Russian has superseded Yiddish
Yiddish
as the language of Russian Jews
Jews
, but these policies have also affected neighboring communities. Today, Russian is the first language for many Jewish communities in a number of Post-Soviet states , such as Ukraine
Ukraine
and Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan
, as well as for Ashkenazic Jews
Jews
in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan
, Georgia, and Tajikistan
Tajikistan
. Although communities in North Africa
North Africa
today are small and dwindling, Jews
Jews
there had shifted from a multilingual group to a monolingual one (or nearly so), speaking French in Algeria
Algeria
, Morocco
Morocco
, and the city of Tunis
Tunis
, while most North Africans continue to use Arabic
Arabic
or Berber as their mother tongue.

GENETIC STUDIES

Main article: Genetic studies on Jews

Y DNA studies tend to imply a small number of founders in an old population whose members parted and followed different migration paths. In most Jewish populations, these male line ancestors appear to have been mainly Middle Eastern . For example, Ashkenazi Jews share more common paternal lineages with other Jewish and Middle Eastern groups than with non-Jewish populations in areas where Jews
Jews
lived in Eastern Europe
Europe
, Germany
Germany
and the French Rhine
Rhine
Valley . This is consistent with Jewish traditions in placing most Jewish paternal origins in the region of the Middle East. Conversely, the maternal lineages of Jewish populations, studied by looking at mitochondrial DNA , are generally more heterogeneous. Scholars such as Harry Ostrer and Raphael Falk believe this indicates that many Jewish males found new mates from European and other communities in the places where they migrated in the diaspora after fleeing ancient Israel. In contrast, Behar has found evidence that about 40% of Ashkenazi Jews originate maternally from just four female founders, who were of Middle Eastern origin. The populations of Sephardi
Sephardi
and Mizrahi Jewish communities "showed no evidence for a narrow founder effect." Subsequent studies carried out by Feder et al. confirmed the large portion of non-local maternal origin among Ashkenazi
Ashkenazi
Jews. Reflecting on their findings related to the maternal origin of Ashkenazi
Ashkenazi
Jews, the authors conclude "Clearly, the differences between Jews
Jews
and non- Jews
Jews
are far larger than those observed among the Jewish communities. Hence, differences between the Jewish communities can be overlooked when non- Jews
Jews
are included in the comparisons."

Studies of autosomal DNA , which look at the entire DNA mixture, have become increasingly important as the technology develops. They show that Jewish populations have tended to form relatively closely related groups in independent communities, with most in a community sharing significant ancestry in common. For Jewish populations of the diaspora, the genetic composition of Ashkenazi
Ashkenazi
, Sephardi
Sephardi
, and Mizrahi Jewish populations show a predominant amount of shared Middle Eastern ancestry. According to Behar, the most parsimonious explanation for this shared Middle Eastern ancestry is that it is "consistent with the historical formulation of the Jewish people as descending from ancient Hebrew and Israelite
Israelite
residents of the Levant
Levant
" and "the dispersion of the people of ancient Israel
Israel
throughout the Old World ". North African , Italian and others of Iberian origin show variable frequencies of admixture with non-Jewish historical host populations among the maternal lines. In the case of Ashkenazi
Ashkenazi
and Sephardi Jews (in particular Moroccan Jews ), who are closely related, the source of non-Jewish admixture is mainly southern European , while Mizrahi Jews show evidence of admixture with other Middle Eastern populations and Sub-Saharan Africans . Behar et al. have remarked on an especially close relationship of Ashkenazi Jews and modern Italians . Jews
Jews
were found to be more closely related to groups in the north of the Fertile Crescent (Kurds, Turks, and Armenians) than to Arabs.

The studies also show that persons of Sephardic Bnei Anusim origin (those who are descendants of the "anusim " who were forced to convert to Catholicism ) throughout today's Iberia
Iberia
( Spain
Spain
and Portugal
Portugal
) and Ibero-America ( Hispanic America and Brazil
Brazil
), estimated at up to 19.8% of the modern population of Iberia
Iberia
and at least 10% of the modern population of Ibero-America, have Sephardic Jewish ancestry within the last few centuries. The Bene Israel
Israel
and Cochin Jews
Cochin Jews
of India
India
, Beta Israel
Israel
of Ethiopia
Ethiopia
, and a portion of the Lemba people of Southern Africa , meanwhile, despite more closely resembling the local populations of their native countries, also have some more remote ancient Jewish descent.

DEMOGRAPHICS

Further information: Jewish population by country

POPULATION CENTERS

Main article: Jewish population
Jewish population
by urban areas

According to the Israel
Israel
Central Bureau of Statistics there were 13,421,000 Jews
Jews
worldwide in 2009, roughly 0.19% of the world's population at the time.

According to the 2007 estimates of The Jewish People Policy Planning Institute , the world's Jewish population
Jewish population
is 13.2 million. Adherents.com cites figures ranging from 12 to 18 million. These statistics incorporate both practicing Jews
Jews
affiliated with synagogues and the Jewish community, and approximately 4.5 million unaffiliated and secular Jews
Jews
.

According to Sergio DellaPergola , a demographer of the Jewish population , in 2015 there were about 6.3 million Jews
Jews
in Israel
Israel
, 5.7 million in the United States
United States
, and 2.3 million in the rest of the world.

Israel

Main article: Israeli Jews
Israeli Jews

Israel
Israel
, the Jewish nation-state, is the only country in which Jews make up a majority of the citizens. Israel
Israel
was established as an independent democratic and Jewish state on 14 May 1948. Of the 120 members in its parliament, the Knesset , as of 2016, 14 members of the Knesset are Arab citizens of Israel
Israel
(not including the Druze), most representing Arab political parties. One of Israel's Supreme Court judges is also an Arab citizen of Israel.

Between 1948 and 1958, the Jewish population
Jewish population
rose from 800,000 to two million. Currently, Jews
Jews
account for 75.4% of the Israeli population, or 6 million people. The early years of the State of Israel
Israel
were marked by the mass immigration of Holocaust survivors
Holocaust survivors
in the aftermath of the Holocaust and Jews
Jews
fleeing Arab lands . Israel
Israel
also has a large population of Ethiopian Jews , many of whom were airlifted to Israel
Israel
in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Between 1974 and 1979 nearly 227,258 immigrants arrived in Israel, about half being from the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
. This period also saw an increase in immigration to Israel
Israel
from Western Europe
Europe
, Latin America , and North America
North America
.

A trickle of immigrants from other communities has also arrived, including Indian Jews
Indian Jews
and others, as well as some descendants of Ashkenazi
Ashkenazi
Holocaust survivors
Holocaust survivors
who had settled in countries such as the United States
United States
, Argentina
Argentina
, Australia
Australia
, Chile
Chile
, and South Africa
South Africa
. Some Jews
Jews
have emigrated from Israel
Israel
elsewhere, because of economic problems or disillusionment with political conditions and the continuing Arab–Israeli conflict
Arab–Israeli conflict
. Jewish Israeli emigrants are known as yordim .

Diaspora (outside Israel)

Main article: Jewish diaspora

The waves of immigration to the United States
United States
and elsewhere at the turn of the 19th century, the founding of Zionism and later events, including pogroms in Russia, the massacre of European Jewry during the Holocaust , and the founding of the state of Israel
Israel
, with the subsequent Jewish exodus from Arab lands , all resulted in substantial shifts in the population centers of world Jewry by the end of the 20th century. Public Hanukkah menorah in Nicosia
Nicosia
, Cyprus
Cyprus
In this Rosh Hashana greeting card from the early 1900s, Russian Jews, packs in hand, gaze at the American relatives beckoning them to the United States. Over two million Jews
Jews
fled the pogroms of the Russian Empire to the safety of the U.S. between 1881 and 1924.

More than half of the Jews
Jews
live in the Diaspora (see Population table). Currently, the largest Jewish community outside Israel, and either the largest or second-largest Jewish community in the world, is located in the United States, with 5.2 million to 6.4 million Jews
Jews
by various estimates. Elsewhere in the Americas, there are also large Jewish populations in Canada
Canada
(315,000), Argentina
Argentina
(180,000–300,000), and Brazil
Brazil
(196,000–600,000), and smaller populations in Mexico
Mexico
, Uruguay
Uruguay
, Venezuela
Venezuela
, Chile
Chile
, Colombia
Colombia
and several other countries (see History of the Jews in Latin America ). Demographers disagree on whether the United States
United States
has a larger Jewish population
Jewish population
than Israel, with many maintaining that Israel
Israel
surpassed the United States
United States
in Jewish population
Jewish population
during the 2000s, while others maintain that the United States
United States
still has the largest Jewish population
Jewish population
in the world. Currently, a major national Jewish population
Jewish population
survey is planned to ascertain whether or not Israel
Israel
has overtaken the United States
United States
in Jewish population.

Western Europe
Europe
's largest Jewish community, and the third-largest Jewish community in the world, can be found in France
France
, home to between 483,000 and 500,000 Jews, the majority of whom are immigrants or refugees from North African countries such as Algeria
Algeria
, Morocco
Morocco
, and Tunisia
Tunisia
(or their descendants). The United Kingdom
United Kingdom
has a Jewish community of 292,000. In Eastern Europe
Europe
, there are anywhere from 350,000 to one million Jews
Jews
living in the former Soviet Union
Soviet Union
, but exact figures are difficult to establish. In Germany
Germany
, the 102,000 Jews
Jews
registered with the Jewish community are a slowly declining population, despite the immigration of tens of thousands of Jews
Jews
from the former Soviet Union
Soviet Union
since the fall of the Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
. Thousands of Israelis
Israelis
also live in Germany, either permanently or temporarily, for economic reasons.

Prior to 1948, approximately 800,000 Jews
Jews
were living in lands which now make up the Arab world
Arab world
(excluding Israel). Of these, just under two-thirds lived in the French-controlled Maghreb
Maghreb
region, 15–20% in the Kingdom of Iraq , approximately 10% in the Kingdom of Egypt and approximately 7% in the Kingdom of Yemen
Yemen
. A further 200,000 lived in Pahlavi Iran and the Republic of Turkey . Today, around 26,000 Jews live in Arab countries and around 30,000 in Iran
Iran
and Turkey
Turkey
. A small-scale exodus had begun in many countries in the early decades of the 20th century, although the only substantial aliyah came from Yemen and Syria
Syria
. The exodus from Arab and Muslim
Muslim
countries took place primarily from 1948. The first large-scale exoduses took place in the late 1940s and early 1950s, primarily in Iraq
Iraq
, Yemen
Yemen
and Libya
Libya
, with up to 90% of these communities leaving within a few years. The peak of the exodus from Egypt
Egypt
occurred in 1956. The exodus in the Maghreb countries peaked in the 1960s. Lebanon
Lebanon
was the only Arab country to see a temporary increase in its Jewish population
Jewish population
during this period, due to an influx of refugees from other Arab countries, although by the mid-1970s the Jewish community of Lebanon
Lebanon
had also dwindled. In the aftermath of the exodus wave from Arab states, an additional migration of Iranian Jews peaked in the 1980s when around 80% of Iranian Jews left the country.

Outside Europe
Europe
, the Americas
Americas
, the Middle East
Middle East
, and the rest of Asia
Asia
, there are significant Jewish populations in Australia
Australia
(112,500) and South Africa
South Africa
(70,000). There is also a 7,500-strong community in New Zealand
New Zealand
.

DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES

Main article: Historical Jewish population comparisons

Assimilation

Main articles: Jewish assimilation and Interfaith marriage in Judaism

Since at least the time of the Ancient Greeks , a proportion of Jews have assimilated into the wider non-Jewish society around them, by either choice or force, ceasing to practice Judaism
Judaism
and losing their Jewish identity . Assimilation took place in all areas, and during all time periods, with some Jewish communities, for example the Kaifeng Jews of China
China
, disappearing entirely. The advent of the Jewish Enlightenment of the 18th century (see Haskalah ) and the subsequent emancipation of the Jewish populations of Europe
Europe
and America in the 19th century, accelerated the situation, encouraging Jews
Jews
to increasingly participate in, and become part of, secular society . The result has been a growing trend of assimilation, as Jews marry non-Jewish spouses and stop participating in the Jewish community.

Rates of interreligious marriage vary widely: In the United States, it is just under 50%, in the United Kingdom, around 53%; in France; around 30%, and in Australia
Australia
and Mexico, as low as 10%. In the United States, only about a third of children from intermarriages affiliate with Jewish religious practice. The result is that most countries in the Diaspora have steady or slightly declining religiously Jewish populations as Jews
Jews
continue to assimilate into the countries in which they live.

War And Persecution

Main article: Persecution of Jews Further information: Antisemitism , Anti- Judaism
Judaism
, Orientalism , Christianity and antisemitism , Islam and antisemitism , History of antisemitism , and New antisemitism World War I
World War I
poster showing a soldier cutting the bonds from a Jewish man, who says, "You have cut my bonds and set me free – now let me help you set others free!"

The Jewish people and Judaism
Judaism
have experienced various persecutions throughout Jewish history . During Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
(in its later phases known as the Byzantine Empire ) repeatedly repressed the Jewish population
Jewish population
, first by ejecting them from their homelands during the pagan Roman era
Roman era
and later by officially establishing them as second-class citizens during the Christian
Christian
Roman era.

According to James Carroll , " Jews
Jews
accounted for 10% of the total population of the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
. By that ratio, if other factors had not intervened, there would be 200 million Jews
Jews
in the world today, instead of something like 13 million." The Roman Emperor Nero sends Vespasian
Vespasian
with an army to destroy the Jews, 69 CE

Later in medieval Western Europe
Europe
, further persecutions of Jews
Jews
by Christians occurred, notably during the Crusades
Crusades
—when Jews
Jews
all over Germany
Germany
were massacred —and a series of expulsions from the Kingdom of England , Germany, France, and, in the largest expulsion of all , Spain
Spain
and Portugal
Portugal
after the Reconquista
Reconquista
(the Catholic Reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula
Iberian Peninsula
), where both unbaptized Sephardic Jews
Jews
and the ruling Muslim
Muslim
Moors
Moors
were expelled.

In the Papal States
Papal States
, which existed until 1870, Jews
Jews
were required to live only in specified neighborhoods called ghettos .

Islam and Judaism
Judaism
have a complex relationship. Traditionally Jews
Jews
and Christians living in Muslim
Muslim
lands, known as dhimmis , were allowed to practice their religions and administer their internal affairs, but they were subject to certain conditions. They had to pay the jizya (a per capita tax imposed on free adult non- Muslim
Muslim
males) to the Islamic state. Dhimmis had an inferior status under Islamic rule. They had several social and legal disabilities such as prohibitions against bearing arms or giving testimony in courts in cases involving Muslims. Many of the disabilities were highly symbolic. The one described by Bernard Lewis as "most degrading" was the requirement of distinctive clothing , not found in the Quran
Quran
or hadith but invented in early medieval Baghdad
Baghdad
; its enforcement was highly erratic. On the other hand, Jews
Jews
rarely faced martyrdom or exile, or forced compulsion to change their religion, and they were mostly free in their choice of residence and profession.

Notable exceptions include the massacre of Jews
Jews
and forcible conversion of some Jews
Jews
by the rulers of the Almohad dynasty in Al-Andalus in the 12th century, as well as in Islamic Persia , and the forced confinement of Moroccan Jews to walled quarters known as mellahs beginning from the 15th century and especially in the early 19th century. In modern times, it has become commonplace for standard antisemitic themes to be conflated with anti-Zionist publications and pronouncements of Islamic movements such as Hezbollah
Hezbollah
and Hamas
Hamas
, in the pronouncements of various agencies of the Islamic Republic of Iran , and even in the newspapers and other publications of Turkish Refah Partisi ." Jews
Jews
in Minsk
Minsk
, 1941. Before World War II
World War II
some 40% of the population was Jewish. By the time the Red Army retook the city on 3 July 1944, there were only a few Jewish survivors.

Throughout history, many rulers, empires and nations have oppressed their Jewish populations or sought to eliminate them entirely. Methods employed ranged from expulsion to outright genocide ; within nations, often the threat of these extreme methods was sufficient to silence dissent. The history of antisemitism includes the First Crusade which resulted in the massacre of Jews; the Spanish Inquisition
Spanish Inquisition
(led by Tomás de Torquemada ) and the Portuguese Inquisition
Portuguese Inquisition
, with their persecution and autos-da-fé against the New Christians and Marrano Jews; the Bohdan Chmielnicki Cossack
Cossack
massacres in Ukraine
Ukraine
; the Pogroms backed by the Russian Tsars ; as well as expulsions from Spain, Portugal, England, France, Germany, and other countries in which the Jews
Jews
had settled. According to a 2008 study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics , 19.8% of the modern Iberian population has Sephardic Jewish ancestry, indicating that the number of conversos may have been much higher than originally thought.

The persecution reached a peak in Nazi Germany
Germany
's Final Solution , which led to the Holocaust and the slaughter of approximately 6 million Jews. Of the world's 15 million Jews
Jews
in 1939, more than a third were killed in the Holocaust. The Holocaust—the state-led systematic persecution and genocide of European Jews
Jews
(and certain communities of North African Jews
Jews
in European controlled North Africa ) and other minority groups of Europe
Europe
during World War II
World War II
by Germany and its collaborators remains the most notable modern-day persecution of Jews. The persecution and genocide were accomplished in stages. Legislation to remove the Jews
Jews
from civil society was enacted years before the outbreak of World War II
World War II
. Concentration camps were established in which inmates were used as slave labour until they died of exhaustion or disease. Where the Third Reich conquered new territory in Eastern Europe
Europe
, specialized units called Einsatzgruppen murdered Jews
Jews
and political opponents in mass shootings. Jews
Jews
and Roma were crammed into ghettos before being transported hundreds of miles by freight train to extermination camps where, if they survived the journey, the majority of them were killed in gas chambers. Virtually every arm of Germany's bureaucracy was involved in the logistics of the mass murder, turning the country into what one Holocaust scholar has called "a genocidal nation."

Migrations

Etching of the expulsion of the Jews
Jews
from Frankfurt on 23 August, 1614 . The text says: "1380 persons old and young were counted at the exit of the gate" Jews
Jews
fleeing pogroms, 1882

Throughout Jewish history, Jews
Jews
have repeatedly been directly or indirectly expelled from both their original homeland, the Land of Israel
Israel
, and many of the areas in which they have settled. This experience as refugees has shaped Jewish identity and religious practice in many ways, and is thus a major element of Jewish history. The incomplete list of major and other noteworthy migrations that follows includes numerous instances of expulsion or departure under duress:

* The mythical patriarch Abraham
Abraham
is described as a migrant to the land of Canaan
Canaan
from Ur of the Chaldees after an attempt on his life by King Nimrod
Nimrod
. * The Children of Israel
Israel
, in the Biblical story whose historicity is uncertain, undertook the Exodus (meaning "departure" or "exit" in Greek) from ancient Egypt
Egypt
, as recorded in the Book of Exodus
Book of Exodus
. * Assyrian policy was to deport and displace conquered peoples, and it is estimated some 4,500,000 among captive populations suffered this dislocation over 3 centuries of Assyrian rule. With regard to Israel, Tiglath-Pileser III
Tiglath-Pileser III
claims he deported 80% of the population of Lower Galilee , some 13,520 people. Some 27,000 Israelites, 20–25% of the population of the Kingdom of Israel
Israel
, were described as being deported by Sargon II , and were replaced by other deported populations and sent into permanent exile by Assyria, initially to the Upper Mesopotamian provinces of the Assyrian Empire, * Between 10,000 and 80,000 people from the Kingdom of Judah were exiled by Babylonia
Babylonia
, then returned to Judea by Cyrus the Great
Cyrus the Great
of the Persian Achaemenid Empire
Achaemenid Empire
, and then many were exiled again by the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
. * The 2,000 year dispersion of the Jewish diaspora beginning under the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
, as Jews
Jews
were spread throughout the Roman world and, driven from land to land, settled wherever they could live freely enough to practice their religion. Over the course of the diaspora the center of Jewish life moved from Babylonia
Babylonia
to the Iberian Peninsula
Iberian Peninsula
to Poland to the United States
United States
and, as a result of Zionism , back to Israel
Israel
. * Many expulsions during the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
and Enlightenment in Europe, including: 1290, 16,000 Jews
Jews
were expelled from England, see the ( Statute of Jewry ); in 1396, 100,000 from France; in 1421 thousands were expelled from Austria. Many of these Jews
Jews
settled in Eastern Europe
Europe
, especially Poland. * Following the Spanish Inquisition
Spanish Inquisition
in 1492, the Spanish population of around 200,000 Sephardic Jews
Jews
were expelled by the Spanish crown and Catholic church , followed by expulsions in 1493 in Sicily (37,000 Jews) and Portugal
Portugal
in 1496. The expelled Jews
Jews
fled mainly to the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
, the Netherlands, and North Africa
North Africa
, others migrating to Southern Europe
Europe
and the Middle East. * During the 19th century, France's policies of equal citizenship regardless of religion led to the immigration of Jews
Jews
(especially from Eastern and Central Europe). * The arrival of millions of Jews
Jews
in the New World
New World
, including immigration of over two million Eastern European Jews
Jews
to the United States from 1880 to 1925, see History of the Jews
Jews
in the United States and History of the Jews
Jews
in Russia
Russia
and the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
. * The pogroms in Eastern Europe, the rise of modern antisemitism , the Holocaust, and the rise of Arab nationalism all served to fuel the movements and migrations of huge segments of Jewry from land to land and continent to continent, until they arrived back in large numbers at their original historical homeland in Israel. * The Islamic Revolution of Iran
Iran
caused many Iranian Jews to flee Iran. Most found refuge in the US (particularly Los Angeles, California and Long Island, New York ) and Israel. Smaller communities of Persian Jews
Jews
exist in Canada
Canada
and Western Europe. * When the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
collapsed , many of the Jews
Jews
in the affected territory (who had been refuseniks ) were suddenly allowed to leave. This produced a wave of migration to Israel
Israel
in the early 1990s.

Growth

A man praying at the Western Wall
Western Wall

Israel
Israel
is the only country with a Jewish population
Jewish population
that is consistently growing through natural population growth , although the Jewish populations of other countries, in Europe
Europe
and North America, have recently increased through immigration. In the Diaspora, in almost every country the Jewish population
Jewish population
in general is either declining or steady, but Orthodox and Haredi Jewish communities, whose members often shun birth control for religious reasons, have experienced rapid population growth.

Orthodox and Conservative Judaism
Judaism
discourage proselytism to non-Jews, but many Jewish groups have tried to reach out to the assimilated Jewish communities of the Diaspora in order for them to reconnect to their Jewish roots. Additionally, while in principle Reform Judaism favors seeking new members for the faith, this position has not translated into active proselytism, instead taking the form of an effort to reach out to non-Jewish spouses of intermarried couples.

There is also a trend of Orthodox movements pursuing secular Jews
Jews
in order to give them a stronger Jewish identity so there is less chance of intermarriage. As a result of the efforts by these and other Jewish groups over the past 25 years, there has been a trend (known as the Baal Teshuva movement) for secular Jews
Jews
to become more religiously observant, though the demographic implications of the trend are unknown. Additionally, there is also a growing rate of conversion to Jews by Choice of gentiles who make the decision to head in the direction of becoming Jews.

LEADERSHIP

Main article: Jewish leadership

There is no single governing body for the Jewish community, nor a single authority with responsibility for religious doctrine. Instead, a variety of secular and religious institutions at the local, national, and international levels lead various parts of the Jewish community on a variety of issues.

NOTABLE INDIVIDUALS

Main article: Lists of Jews

Jews
Jews
have made a myriad of contributions to humanity in a broad and diverse range of fields, including the sciences, arts, politics, and business. Although Jews
Jews
comprise only 0.2% of the world's population, over 20% of Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize
laureates have been Jewish or of Jewish descent, with multiple winners in each category .

SEE ALSO

* Hebrews
Hebrews

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are a people, a nation (in the original sense of the word), an ethnos" * ^ * "In the broader sense of the term, a Jew is any person belonging to the worldwide group that constitutes, through descent or conversion, a continuation of the ancient Jewish people, who were themselves descendants of the Hebrews
Hebrews
of the Old Testament." Jew at Encyclopædia Britannica * ^ "Hebrew, any member of an ancient northern Semitic people that were the ancestors of the Jews." Hebrew (People) at Encyclopædia Britannica * ^ Brandeis, Louis (25 April 1915). "The Jewish Problem: How To Solve It". University of Louisville School of Law. Retrieved 2 April 2012. Jews
Jews
are a distinctive nationality of which every Jew, whatever his country, his station or shade of belief, is necessarily a member * ^ Palmer, Edward Henry (14 October 2002) . A History of the Jewish Nation: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day. Gorgias Press. ISBN 978-1-931956-69-7 . OCLC 51578088 . Retrieved 2 April 2012. Lay summary. * ^ Einstein, Albert (21 June 1921). "How I Became a Zionist" (PDF). Einstein Papers Project . Princeton University Press . Retrieved 5 April 2012. The Jewish nation is a living fact * ^ "Facts About Israel: History". GxMSDev. * ^ A B K. L. Noll, Canaan
Canaan
and Israel
Israel
in Antiquity: A Textbook on History and Religion, A&C Black, 2012, rev.ed. pp.137ff. * ^ A B Thomas L. Thompson , Early History of the Israelite
Israelite
People: From the Written & Archaeological Sources, BRILL, 2000 pp. 275–76: 'They are rather a very specific group among the population of Palestine which bears a name that occurs here for the first time that at a much later stage in Palestine's history bears a substantially different signification.' * ^ John Day , Bloomsbury Publishing, 2005 pp. 47.5 p.48:'In this sense, the emergence of ancient Israel
Israel
is viewed not as the cause of the demise of Canaanite culture but as its upshot'. * ^ Day, pp. 31–33, p.57.n.33. * ^ Rainer Albertz, Israel
Israel
in Exile: The History and Literature of the Sixth Century B.C.E. Society of Biblical Lit, 2003 pp. 45ff: 'Since the exilic era constitutes a gaping hole in the historical narrative of the Bible, historical reconstruction of this era faces almost insurmountable difficulties. Like the premonarchic period and the late Persian period, the exilic period, though set in the bright light of Ancient Near Eastern history, remains historically obscure. Since there are very few Israelite
Israelite
sources, the only recourse is to try to cast some light on this darkness from the history of the surrounding empires under whose dominion Israel
Israel
came in this period.'

* ^

* Marvin Perry (1 January 2012). Western Civilization: A Brief History, Volume I: To 1789. Cengage Learning. p. 87. ISBN 1-111-83720-1 . * Botticini, Maristella and Zvi Eckstein. "From Farmers to Merchants, Voluntary Conversions and Diaspora: A Human Capital Interpretation of History." pp. 18–19. August 2006. Accessed 21 November 2015. "The death toll of the Great Revolt against the Roman empire amounted to about 600,000 Jews, whereas the Bar Kokhba revolt in 135 caused the death of about 500,000 Jews. Massacres account for roughly 40 percent of the decrease of the Jewish population
Jewish population
in Palestine. Moreover, some Jews
Jews
migrated to Babylon
Babylon
after these revolts because of the worse economic conditions. After accounting for massacres and migrations, there is an additional 30 to 40 percent of the decrease in the Jewish population
Jewish population
in Palestine (about 1–1.3 million Jews) to be explained" (p. 19). * Boyarin, Daniel, and Jonathan Boyarin. 2003. Diaspora: Generation and the Ground of Jewish Diaspora. p. 714 "...it is crucial to recognize that the Jewish conception of the Land of Israel
Israel
is similar to the discourse of the Land of many (if not nearly all) "indigenous" peoples of the world. Somehow the Jews
Jews
have managed to retain a sense of being rooted somewhere in the world through twenty centuries of exile from that someplace (organic metaphors are not out of place in this discourse, for they are used within the tradition itself). It is profoundly disturbing to hear Jewish attachment to the Land decried as regressive in the same discursive situations in which the attachment of native Americans or Australians to their particular rocks, trees, and deserts is celebrated as an organic connection to the Earth that "we" have lost" p. 714. * Cohen, Robin. 1997. Global Diasporas: An Introduction. p. 24 London: UCL Press. "...although the word Babylon
Babylon
often connotes captivity and oppression, a rereading of the Babylonian period of exile can thus be shown to demonstrate the development of a new creative energy in a challenging, pluralistic context outside the natal homeland. When the Romans destroyed the Second Temple
Second Temple
in AD 70, it was Babylon
Babylon
that remained as the nerve- and brain-centre for Jewish life and thought...the crushing of the revolt of the Judaeans against the Romans and the destruction of the Second Temple
Second Temple
by the Roman general Titus in AD 70 precisely confirmed the catastrophic tradition. Once again, Jews
Jews
had been unable to sustain a national homeland and were scattered to the far corners of the world" (p. 24). * Johnson, Paul A History of the Jews
Jews
"The Bar Kochba Revolt," (HarperPerennial, 1987) pp. 158–61.: Paul Johnson analyzes Cassius Dio's Roman History: Epitome of Book LXIX para. 13–14 (Dio's passage cited separately) among other sources: "Even if Dio's figures are somewhat exaggerated, the casualties amongst the population and the destruction inflicted on the country would have been considerable. According to Jerome, many Jews
Jews
were also sold into slavery, so many, indeed, that the price of Jewish slaves at the slave market in Hebron sank drastically to a level no greater than that for a horse. The economic structure of the country was largely destroyed. The entire spiritual and economic life of the Palestinian Jews
Jews
moved to Galilee. Jerusalem
Jerusalem
was now turned into a Roman colony with the official name Colonia Aelia Capitolina (Aelia after Hadrian's family name: P. Aelius Hadrianus; Capitolina after Jupiter Capitolinus). The Jews
Jews
were forbidden on pain of death to set foot in the new Roman city. Aelia thus became a completely pagan city, no doubt with the corresponding public buildings and temples...We can...be certain that a statue of Hadrian was erected in the centre of Aelia, and this was tantamount in itself to a desecration of Jewish Jerusalem." p. 159. * Cassius Dio\'s Roman History: Epitome of Book LXIX para. 13–14: "13 At first the Romans took no account of them. Soon, however, all Judaea had been stirred up, and the Jews
Jews
everywhere were showing signs of disturbance, were gathering together, and giving evidence of great hostility to the Romans, partly by secret and partly by overt acts; 2 many outside nations, too, were joining them through eagerness for gain, and the whole earth, one might almost say, was being stirred up over the matter. Then, indeed, Hadrian sent against them his best generals. First of these was Julius Severus, who was dispatched from Britain, where he was governor, against the Jews. 3 Severus did not venture to attack his opponents in the open at any one point, in view of their numbers and their desperation, but by intercepting small groups, thanks to the number of his soldiers and his under-officers, and by depriving them of food and shutting them up, he was able, rather slowly, to be sure, but with comparatively little danger, to crush, exhaust and exterminate them. Very few of them in fact survived. Fifty of their most important outposts and nine hundred and eighty-five of their most famous villages were razed to the ground. Five hundred and eighty thousand men were slain in the various raids and battles, and the number of those that perished by famine, disease and fire was past finding out. 2 Thus nearly the whole of Judaea was made desolate, a result of which the people had had forewarning before the war. For the tomb of Solomon, which the Jews
Jews
regard as an object of veneration, fell to pieces of itself and collapsed, and many wolves and hyenas rushed howling into their cities. 3 Many Romans, moreover, perished in this war. Therefore Hadrian in writing to the senate did not employ the opening phrase commonly affected by the emperors, 'If you and our children are in health, it is well; I and the legions are in health'" (para. 13–14). * Safran, William. 2005. The Jewish Diaspora in a Comparative and Theoretical Perspective. Israel
Israel
Studies 10 (1): 36. "...diaspora referred to a very specific case—that of the exile of the Jews
Jews
from the Holy Land and their dispersal throughout several parts of the globe. Diaspora connoted deracination, legal disabilities, oppression, and an often painful adjustment to a hostland whose hospitality was unreliable and ephemeral. It also connoted the existence on foreign soil of an expatriate community that considered its presence to be transitory. Meanwhile, it developed a set of institutions, social patterns, and ethnonational and/or religious symbols that held it together. These included the language, religion, values, social norms, and narratives of the homeland. Gradually, this community adjusted to the hostland environment and became itself a center of cultural creation. All the while, however, it continued to cultivate the idea of return to the homeland." (p. 36). * Sheffer, Gabriel. 2005. Is the Jewish Diaspora Unique? Reflections on the Diaspora\'s Current Situation. Israel
Israel
Studies 10 (1): pp. 3–4. "...the Jewish nation, which from its very earliest days believed and claimed that it was the "chosen people," and hence unique. This attitude has further been buttressed by the equally traditional view, which is held not only by the Jews
Jews
themselves, about the exceptional historical age of this diaspora, its singular traumatic experiences its singular ability to survive pogroms, exiles, and Holocaust, as well as its "special relations" with its ancient homeland, culminating in 1948 with the nation-state that the Jewish nation has established there... First, like many other members of established diasporas, the vast majority of Jews
Jews
no longer regard themselves as being in Galut in their host countries.7 Perceptually, as well as actually, Jews
Jews
permanently reside in host countries of their own free will, as a result of inertia, or as a result of problematic conditions prevailing in other hostlands, or in Israel. It means that the basic perception of many Jews
Jews
about their existential situation in their hostlands has changed. Consequently, there is both a much greater self- and collective-legitimatization to refrain from making serious plans concerning "return" or actually "making Aliyah" to Israel. This is one of the results of their wider, yet still rather problematic and sometimes painful acceptance by the societies and political systems in their host countries. It means that they, and to an extent their hosts, do not regard Jewish life within the framework of diasporic formations in these hostlands as something that they should be ashamed of, hide from others, or alter by returning to the old homeland" (p. 4). * Davies, William David; Finkelstein, Louis; Katz, Steven T. (1 January 1984). The Cambridge History of Judaism: Volume 4, The Late Roman-Rabbinic Period. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521772488 . Although Dio's figure of 985 as the number of villages destroyed during the war seems hyperbolic, all Judaean villages, without exception, excavated thus far were razed following the Bar Kochba Revolt. This evidence supports the impression of total regional destruction following the war. Historical sources note the vast number of captives sold into slavery in Palestine and shipped abroad. ... The Judaean Jewish community never recovered from the Bar Kochba war. In its wake, Jews
Jews
no longer formed the majority in Palestine, and the Jewish center moved to the Galilee. Jews
Jews
were also subjected to a series of religious edicts promulgated by Hadrian that were designed to uproot the nationalistic elements with the Judaean Jewish community, these proclamations remained in effect until Hadrian's death in 138. An additional, more lasting punitive measure taken by the Romans involved expunging Judaea from the provincial name, changing it from Provincia Judaea to Provincia Syria
Syria
Palestina. Although such name changes occurred elsewhere, never before or after was a nation's name expunged as the result of rebellion. * Dalit Rom-Shiloni, Exclusive Inclusivity: Identity Conflicts Between the Exiles and the People who Remained (6th–5th Centuries BCE), A&C Black, 2013 p. xv n.3: 'it is argued that biblical texts of the Neo-Babylonian and the early Persian periods show a fierce adversarial relationship(s) between the Judean groups. We find no expressions of sympathy to the deported community for its dislocation, no empathic expressions towards the People Who Remained under Babylonian subjugation in Judah. The opposite is apparent: hostile, denigrating, and denunciating language characterizes the relationships between resident and exiled Judeans throughout the sixth and fifth centuries.' (p. xvii)

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FURTHER READING

* Baron, Salo Wittmayer (1952). A Social and Religious History of the Jews, Volume II, Ancient Times, Part II. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America. * Carr, David
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R. (2003) . " Judaism
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in Christendom". In Neusner, Jacob; Avery-Peck, Alan J. The Blackwell Companion to Judaism. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 1-57718-058-5 . * Cowling, Geoffrey (2005). Introduction to World Religions. Singapore: First Fortress Press. ISBN 0-8006-3714-3 . * Danzger, M. Herbert (2003) . "The "Return" to Traditional Judaism at the End of the Twentieth Century: Cross-Cultural Comparisons". In Neusner, Jacob; Avery-Peck, Alan J. The Blackwell Companion to Judaism. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 1-57718-058-5 . * Dekmejian, R. Hrair (1975). Patterns of Political Leadership: Egypt, Israel, Lebanon. State University of New York Press. ISBN 0-87395-291-X . * de Lange, Nicholas (2002) . An Introduction to Judaism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-46073-5 . * Dosick, Wayne (2007). Living Judaism. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-062179-6 . * Elazar, Daniel J. (2003) . " Judaism
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as a Theopolitical Phenomenon". In Neusner, Jacob
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; Avery-Peck, Alan J. The Blackwell Companion to Judaism. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 1-57718-058-5 . * Feldman, Louis H. (2006). Judaism
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and Hellenism Reconsidered. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. ISBN 90-04-14906-6 . * Gartner, Lloyd P. (2001). History of the Jews
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in Modern Times. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-289259-2 . * Goldenberg, Robert (2007). The Origins of Judaism: From Canaan
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to the Rise of Islam. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-84453-3 . * Goldstein, Joseph (1995). Jewish History in Modern Times. Sussex Academic Press. ISBN 1-898723-06-0 . * Johnson, Paul (1987). A History of the Jews. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-06-091533-1 . * Kaplan, Dana Evan (2003) . "Reform Judaism". In Neusner, Jacob; Avery-Peck, Alan J. The Blackwell Companion to Judaism. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 1-57718-058-5 . * Katz, Shmuel (1974). Battleground: Fact and Fantasy in Palestine. Taylor Productions. ISBN 0-929093-13-5 . * Lewis, Bernard (1984). The Jews
Jews
of Islam. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-00807-8 * Lewis, Bernard (1999). Semites and Anti-Semites: An Inquiry into Conflict and Prejudice. W. W. Norton & Co. ISBN 0-393-31839-7 * Littman, David
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(1979). " Jews
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(1991). Studying Classical Judaism: A Primer. Westminster John Knox Press. ISBN 0-664-25136-6 . * Poliakov, Leon (1974). The History of Anti-semitism. New York: The Vanguard Press. * Ruderman, David
David
B. Early Modern Jewry: A New Cultural History (Princeton University Press; 2010) 326 pages. Examines print culture, religion, and other realms in a history emphasizing the links among early modern Jewish communities from Venice and Kraków to Amsterdam and Smyrna. * Sharot, Stephen (1997). "Religious Syncretism and Religious Distinctiveness: A Comparative Analysis of Pre-Modern Jewish Communities". In Endelman, Todd M. Comparing Jewish Societies. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 0-472-06592-0 . * Stillman, Norman (1979). The Jews
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