Jewish year of 5778 to begin Wednesday evening into Thursday; Israel’s population grew 1.8% in past year; Netanyahu: It’s time of reflection, and we look back with wonder at the miraculous rebirth of our nation, and we look ahead with pride to the remarkable contributions Israel will continue to make to all nations. (Photo: CC), September 20, 2017.
Jews worldwide will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, on Wednesday evening into Thursday evening, welcoming the Hebrew year of 5778.
Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of both the Hebrew month of Tishre and “high holidays”, which end with Yom Kippur ten days after the new year begins. Prayer services are held in synagogues and festive meals held, the dipping of apples in honey symbolizing a new, sweet year. The shofar is blown first on Rosh Hashanah and last at the end of Yom Kippur.
As with each new year, Israel’s Interior Ministry Population Registry released statistics on Israel’s growing population, which currently stands at 8,743,000, the population growth at 1.8% in the past year.
Of the population, 6.5 million of Israel’s citizens are Jewish and 1.8 million Arab.
In the past year, 181,405 babies were born with 53, 579 couples getting married.
Just shy of 26,000 immigrants made aliyah (Jewish immigration) to Israel in 2016, majority from the former Soviet Union followed by France and the United States.
Israel’s population is predicted to pass 10 million by 2024.
During his UN General Assembly address Tuesday, Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed Rosh Hashanah and Israel’s contributions to the globe. He stated:
“Tomorrow evening, Jews around the world will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of our new year. It’s time of reflection, and we look back with wonder at the miraculous rebirth of our nation, and we look ahead with pride to the remarkable contributions Israel will continue to make to all nations.
You look around you and you will see those contributions every day – in the food you eat, the water you drink, the medicines you take, the cars you drive, the cell phones you use, and in so many other ways that are transforming our world.
You see it in the smile of an African mother in a remote village, who, thanks to an Israeli innovation, no longer must walk eight hours a day to bring water to her children.
You see it in the eyes of an Arab child, who was flown to Israel to undergo a life-saving heart operation.
And you see it in the faces of the people in earthquake-stricken Haiti and Nepal who were rescued from the rubble and given new life by Israeli doctors.
As the prophet Isaiah said… ‘I have made you a light unto the nations, bringing salvation to the ends of the earth.’
Today, 2,700 years after Isaiah spoke those prophetic words, Israel is becoming a rising power among the nations. And at long last, its light is shining across the continents, bringing hope and salvation to the ends of the earth.”
If you haven’t already, ,make sure to watch and read Amir’s blog post “God’s Calendar: The True Meaning of Rosh Hashana“, his commentary on the coming Feast of Trumpets known to the Jews as Rosh Hashana.