Monday, December 20, 2010

Parsha Vayichi (Genesis 47:28-The End of Genesis) I will make you fruiful and numerous.

This weeks Parsha Jacob is dying and blesses his sons and two Grandsons like his sons (Ephraim and Menashe). Jacob (also known as Israel) repeats what God told him that you will be fruitful and numerous.

Have we really fulfilled this prophecy. I don't know as the Jewish nation is only 15 million people and actually we are a very small people. Sadly we have overall low birth rates. Only 1.5 in the United States and 2.3 in Israel which means are population at the moment is actually declining slightly as you need 2.11 to keep the population steady. We have external enemies too but at the present time it is an internal issue as well as despite being able to live longer lives today then in the past many are having less children and choosing to do this unlike a few generations ago where it was more common to have a large family. 3/4 of my Grandparents came from large families.

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