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Published on: June 1, 2009 08:48 PM
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Israel - Israel’s identity as a secular Jewish democracy is being called into question with the publication of a survey suggesting Israelis have a stronger connection to Jewish holy books than many previously thought.

The survey, carried out by the Panels Institute, shows that almost every Israeli has a complete set of Gemaras (the Bible texts), a Sidur (Jewish prayer book), or Chimushim (Five Books of Moses) in their home. Only five percent of those polled said they had none of these items.

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An overwhelming 63 percent of respondents said they had studied some sort of Jewish text in the last six months, with 22 percent of those polled saying they study on a daily basis.

The most popular classification of the Torah was as a “book of Jewish heritage,” with 80 percent of respondents from all walks of religious life identifying it as such. Just 10 percent thought it was best characterized as a means of binding Jews to Jewish law.

Only seven percent called it “a collection of legends written by human authors.”

 


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 Jun 01, 2009 at 08:09 PM Anonymous Says:

"The survey, carried out by the Panels Institute, shows that almost every Israeli has a complete set of Gemaras (the Bible texts), a Sidur (Jewish prayer book), or Chimushim (Five Books of Moses) in their home."

If almost everyone in EY has a complete set of Gemara in their home than Moishiach is clearly on his way. When I read these surveys you have to wonder who they were talking to. I suspect fewer than 20 percent of families in EY, have a complete set of gemaras. Sidurim and a Chumash, maybe, but gemarah...pleeese.

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 08:22 PM Parser Says:

I think the survey says that almost every Israeli has one or more of the three items: (1) Shas; (2) siddur; OR (3) Chumashim. It's OR, not AND.

If an Israeli only has a Siddur, but neither Chumashim nor a Shas, that Israeli still counts in the survey.

Nevertheless, it's an encouraging survey, if it's accurate.

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 08:15 PM Anonymous Says:

37% haven't done any studying in the last 6 months. That is a large number.

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 08:27 PM Anonymous Says:

Clearly Rav Kook was right. When Klal Yisroel returns to Eretz Yisroel the Kedusha will permeate the neshama of every Jew and even the most secular will soften up to Torah and Kedusha. We still have a long way to go, but clearly we are on the right path...

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 09:00 PM Anonymous Says:

I wonder who this so called panel institute is. They prob. only surveyed people in Mea Sheurim amd in Bnei Barak. Give me a break only 5 percent has none of these. You have all these real goyim living in EY.(Thousands of russians .....) Tens of thousands of childern who don't know about Shema Yisroel.
It reminds me about a story I personaly had a few years ago.
While traveling in EY as a tourist fron North to Jerusalem, I picked up a soldier for a hitch. I started to talk to him about yiddishkeit, I saw he has no idea wathsoever. I asked him if he knows Shema Yisroel. He said no. So I asked him why is he in the army, and what makes you a jew, he said because he was born in Isreal he is a jew. So to say that only 5 percent don't have a yiddish sefer is like Saadam Husain winning 95 percent of the elections.

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 08:44 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

"The survey, carried out by the Panels Institute, shows that almost every Israeli has a complete set of Gemaras (the Bible texts), a Sidur (Jewish prayer book), or Chimushim (Five Books of Moses) in their home."

If almost everyone in EY has a complete set of Gemara in their home than Moishiach is clearly on his way. When I read these surveys you have to wonder who they were talking to. I suspect fewer than 20 percent of families in EY, have a complete set of gemaras. Sidurim and a Chumash, maybe, but gemarah...pleeese.

Gemaras (the Bible texts), a Sidur (Jewish prayer book), OR Chimush

Read the article :

It says OR, so they count if they have any of these books. Most families have at least one siddur or Tanach. I am not surprised.

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 08:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Clearly Rav Kook was right. When Klal Yisroel returns to Eretz Yisroel the Kedusha will permeate the neshama of every Jew and even the most secular will soften up to Torah and Kedusha. We still have a long way to go, but clearly we are on the right path...

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 09:57 PM Pashuteh Yid Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

Clearly Rav Kook was right. When Klal Yisroel returns to Eretz Yisroel the Kedusha will permeate the neshama of every Jew and even the most secular will soften up to Torah and Kedusha. We still have a long way to go, but clearly we are on the right path...

Well said. Validates everything I have said online over last few years. Our secular brethren have deep beautiful neshamos and are bnei neviim with a living connection to our mesorah. Achdus is the key.

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 10:20 PM NO BIAS Says:

Let's not fool ourselves!!! Having a set of gemara or chumushim sitting in your book shelf collecting dust isn't worth a damn thing!!! What hashem does want from them,is to change their secular lifestyle wich is far from happening!!!

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 11:19 PM Anonymous Says:

not suprised at all. they get a siddur/ chumash when being sworn in in the army

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 Jun 01, 2009 at 11:28 PM Feh! Says:

well duh,
go to a secular state with a muslim majority (like Jordan) and you will get the same type of results.
If american jews were taught to love the torah and not israel, then america would have the same results.

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 Jun 02, 2009 at 08:42 AM Anonymous Says:

B"H for the Zionists. Had those Jews come to America, there is an 85% chance that they would be totally frei and a 50% chance that their kids would marry out.
Zionists are just great for the Jewish people.

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 Jun 02, 2009 at 10:28 AM esther Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

"The survey, carried out by the Panels Institute, shows that almost every Israeli has a complete set of Gemaras (the Bible texts), a Sidur (Jewish prayer book), or Chimushim (Five Books of Moses) in their home."

If almost everyone in EY has a complete set of Gemara in their home than Moishiach is clearly on his way. When I read these surveys you have to wonder who they were talking to. I suspect fewer than 20 percent of families in EY, have a complete set of gemaras. Sidurim and a Chumash, maybe, but gemarah...pleeese.

what is your deal man?take this for the encouraging news that it is!

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 Jun 02, 2009 at 10:36 AM Yashar Koach Yisrael ! Says:

Since my Abba was nifter just over one year ago I have learned so much gemarah thanks to the new Artscroll Shottenstein Talmud translation. I learn every day now and if can learn with so much enjoyment, so can everyone in Israel. I also have to thank Rav Perlmutter's sefer Growing with Gemara and Tools for Tosofos. There is so much available now to make learning enjoyable, bachurim like me who were lost twenty years ago have a new opportunity to learn with hasmadah and much enjoyment. Rabosai ! Start learning Torah again...

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 Jun 02, 2009 at 02:22 PM Anonymous Says:

Curious to know who the guys are that have a set of gemoras and no siddur

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 Jun 02, 2009 at 02:40 PM d Says:

Just about all Israeli childern learn some Tanach even in the secular public school system. I would also add that most Israeli Jews are traditional, some less than others. The hardcore true secular is a minority.

With the right leader (Moshiach) and guidance I'm sure the traditional Jews would return to a true Torah lifestyle.

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 Jun 02, 2009 at 03:54 PM Askupeh Says:

Reply to #11  
Feh! Says:

well duh,
go to a secular state with a muslim majority (like Jordan) and you will get the same type of results.
If american jews were taught to love the torah and not israel, then america would have the same results.

How can you love the Torah and not love Eretz Yisroel? Oraisa, Kidsho Berich Hu, “VeYisroel” Chad Hu.

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 Jun 03, 2009 at 01:37 AM Yitzchak Goodman Says:

"Gemaras" are "Bible texts"? See the Arutz Sheva or Ynet versions of this story. It means a set of Tanach.

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