Monday, April 10, 2006

Globes: Secular Jews a Minority in Israel

From Globes:
Secular Jews a minority in Israel
Central Bureau of Statistics: 11% of the Jewish population defined itself as very religious, 42% as religious.
Zeev Klein 10 Apr 06 13:36

8% of Jews in Israel define themselves as haredi (ultra-orthodox), 9% as religious, and 39% as traditional in a Central Bureau of Statistics 2002-2004 social survey, published yesterday.

The Central Bureau of Statistics says religious and observant Jews comprise the majority of Israel’s Jewish population, with secular Jews comprising a minority of 44%. 1.5% of secular Jews say they are atheists.

The survey also found that the proportions of the Jewish population that defines itself as either secular or haredi increased in 2002-04, indicating religious polarization.

58% of haredi men said their primary activity was study at yeshiva (houses of Jewish learning), compared with 9% of all Jewish men. 11% of the Jewish population defined itself as very religious, 42% as religious, 21% as not very religious, and 18% as not religious at all.

Among Israeli Arab women, the degree of religious observance is in inverse proportion to participation in the labor force: 5% of religiously observant Arab women work, compared with 36% of non-religious Arab women.


Blogger James Fletcher Baxter said...

The missing element in every human 'solution' is
an accurate definition of the creature.

The way we define 'human' determines our view
of self, others, relationships, institutions, life, and
future. Important? Only the Creator who made us
in His own image is qualified to define us accurately.
Choose wisely...there are results.

Many problems in human experience are the result of
false and inaccurate definitions of humankind premised
in man-made religions and humanistic philosophies.

Each individual human being possesses a unique, highly
developed, and sensitive perception of diversity. Thus
aware, man is endowed with a natural capability for enact-
ing internal mental and external physical selectivity.
Quantitative and qualitative choice-making thus lends
itself as the superior basis of an active intelligence.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. His title describes
his definitive and typifying characteristic. Recall
that his other features are but vehicles of experi-
ence intent on the development of perceptive
awareness and the following acts of decision and
choice. Note that the products of man cannot define
him for they are the fruit of the discerning choice-
making process and include the cognition of self,
the utility of experience, the development of value-
measuring systems and language, and the accultur-
ation of civilization.

The arts and the sciences of man, as with his habits,
customs, and traditions, are the creative harvest of
his perceptive and selective powers. Creativity, the
creative process, is a choice-making process. His
articles, constructs, and commodities, however
marvelous to behold, deserve neither awe nor idol-
atry, for man, not his contrivance, is earth's own
highest expression of the creative process.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. The sublime and
significant act of choosing is, itself, the Archimedean
fulcrum upon which man levers and redirects the
forces of cause and effect to an elected level of qual-
ity and diversity. Further, it orients him toward a
natural environmental opportunity, freedom, and
bestows earth's title, The Choicemaker, on his
singular and plural brow.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by
nature and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of
Criteria. Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive
characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the natural
foundation of his environments, institutions, and re-
spectful relations to his fellow-man. Thus, he is orien-
ted to a Freedom whose roots are in the Order of the

Let us proclaim it. Behold!
The Season of Generation-Choicemaker Joel 3:14 KJV


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