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There are many reasons why Jews have a low population. Depending on your point of view, different reasons will be "more true" than the others. It says in the Torah that the Jewish people, will be as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sands by the sea. However, it also says that we will be a minority amongst the nations. So while we may be uncountable,...


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Total There are 13,550 seifim in Shulchan Aruch. Breakdown Orach Chaim — 4,170 Yoreh Deiah — 3,700 Even HaEzer — 1,988 Choshen Mishpat — 3,692 Methodology I looked at the beginning of every siman where it says how many seifim are in that siman. I input all the data into an Excel sheet and let it calculate the totals. In Orach Chaim the original Venice ...


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A Google spreadsheet with all that information (and more!) is available here. A screenshot of the more relevant part is clipped below:


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According to Mechon Mamre: TL;DR TOTAL - 16,818 (+ 104) Hamada` - 725 Ahavah - 730 (+ 63) Zemanim - 1,738 (+ 41) Nashim - 1,207 Qedushah - 1,140 Hafla'ah - 820 Zera`im - 1,582 `Avodah - 1,537 Haqorbanot - 651 Taharah - 2,317 Nezaqim - 993 Qinyan - 1,191 Mishpattim - 1,141 Shofettim - 1,046 Hamada` - 725 Yesode'i HaTorah - 140 De`ot - 130 Talmud Torah - ...


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No, and it would be nearly impossible to determine. Every modern survey and census of Jews in America has been performed with the widest possible definition of Jew, in order to obtain the fullest and least-controversial numbers. This usually translates to counting someone as a Jew if they identify themselves as Jewish. (Source) For example, a recent ...


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Chicago Community Kollel - Parsha Encounters 4 Shevat 5768 in the name of Rabbi Yisrael Belsky Shlita, says that one may flip a coin to make a decision. When one flips a coin and makes a decision based on the results, he does not feel his decision is necessarily the right thing to do. Rather, he was undecided, and he is leaving his decision up to "...


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Having lived and studied in Crown Heights for several months--before which I believed that a significant proportion of Lubavitchers, perhaps 40% or half, did not believe the Rebbe was Moshiach--I have been surprised to find that the notion that the Rebbe is the presumptive, if not actual Messiah is very dominant in Chabad. Chabad Houses and conferences and ...


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The shortest amud is Nazir 33b which contains precisely zero words of gemara.


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Shortest Amud 1st place: Bava Kama 77a has 9 words of gemara on it and is thus the shortest amud with words of gemara on it in shas. The Tosfos that fills the page is very VERY big. A close 2nd place is Yoma 56a with 12 words. Shortest Daf The Shortest Daf in shas that has words on both pages is Nedarim 45a-b which has 69 words (not including Hadran ...


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The Chida notes that no Tannaim or Amoraim were named Avraham (however, see mention of אברם חוזאה in Gittin 50a). The quote from the Chida follows (Shem ha-Gedolim in his entry for Mar R. Avraham Gaon): וראה זה חדש שלא מצינו בתנאים שבמשנה והבריתא תנא ששמו אברהם וגם מאמוראים לא מצאתי כעת בס' יוחסין... גם שם יצחק בתנאים שבמשנה לא יש מי ששמו יצחק, אך בבריתא ...


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I believe this would make an enjoyable web-scraping project, which might yield a more easily reproducible (and checkable) result. I've scraped the numbers from WikiSource, and gotten a total for Orach Chaim of 4175 (one away from Sam's answer). The fact that people have gotten such disparate answers implies to me that different editions might count se'ifim ...


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TofeeqAhmad, I appreciate your changes to the question. The answer, however, remains that mass murder and an aversion to proselytizing have prevented much growth. At our very founding, according to our tradition and the text of the Torah, 70 people went down to Egypt as a family/tribe and developed into a small nation within a nation. We grew by leaps and ...


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Considering Monica's point about year distributions, here's a refinement of Gershon's data (using the frequency table on Remy Landau's Hebrew Calendar page, here): Tzom Gedaliah falls on Monday or Thursday in the year types גכה, זחא, זשג, גכז, זחג, זשה. This is 40.08% of all years. Asarah B'Teves can't occur on Monday, but it can be on Thursday, only in the ...


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There are 304,805 letters in the Torah. There are 79,976 words in the Torah. There are 5,888 or 5,845 verses in the Torah. Bereishit (Genesis) 12 Sidrot 50 Chapters 1,534 Verses Shmot (Exodus) 11 Sidrot 40 Chapter 1,209 Verses Vayikra (Leviticus) 10 Sidrot 27 Chapters 859 Verses Bamidbar (Numbers) 10 Sidrot 36 Chapters 1,288 Verses ...


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So I decided to try counting for Orach Chaim ,and surprisingly did not take long at all (one hour around). I used excel to calculate the sum of all the seifim in all the simanim. Orach Chaim = 697 simanim which has a total of 4174 seifim. The avg amount is 6.04 seifeim in a siman. The max is 52 and min is 1. The other 3 are a work in progress.


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Non-halachic Reform Jews are those whose mother was not Jewish, yet they consider themselves Jewish because of either a heterodox conversion or patrilineal descent. We can mostly figure out the demographics from particular questions asked in certain surveys. According to the 2013 Pew Study on American Jews, 10% of American adults who identify their religion ...


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Three words in Tanach are tied for the longest word, at 11 letters each: וְהָאֲחַשְׁדַּרְפְּנִים in Esther 9:3, וּכְתוֹעֲבוֹתֵיהֶן in Yechezkel 16:47, and וְכַעֲלִילוֹתֵיכֶם in Yechezkel 20:44 (source).


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According to the Mishna Sedura, the breakup is as follows: Zeraim: 75 prakim with a total of 683 mishnayot Moed: 88 prakim with a total of 681 mishnayot Nashim: 71 prakim with a total of 570 mishnayot N'zikin: 74 prakim with a total of 685 mishnayot Kodshim: 91 prakim with a total of 590 mishnayot Taharot: 126 prakim with a total of 1015 mishnayot Grand ...


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Assuming you are asking regarding the standard (Christian) chapters, there are many chapters that are never cited in the Babylonian Talmud, such as Exodus 37, Joshua 23, Ezra 5, Chronicles I chapter 6, and Chronicles II chapter 8 (see e.g. here). That said, he would have covered an overwhelming majority of Tanach.


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From what I can tell off of Sefaria's Connections visualization, by skimming through each Sefer individually and noting the Perakim with no connections, the chapters one will not learn with this method are: Shemos 37 Yehoshua 23 Shmuel I:27, I:29, and II:4 Melachim II:1 and II:16 Yeshaya 15 Yirmiya 20, 35, and 45 Yechezkel 6, 12, 30, 35, and 42 Nachum 3 ...


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The largest cluster of lessons is 67. This occurs in a section of commentary covering the large majority of the book of II Samuel. Now for some more details: We have commentaries from Gersonides on the Scriptural books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Job, Proverbs, Ruth,...


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It is very difficult to find accurate statistics on divorce, and differences between countries are so great that any answer can only be useful from a specific countries' perspective. Finding prevalence statistics specifically focused on shidduchim is even harder. On of the problem of using divorce statistics is that part of the high reported rates of divorce ...


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TOTAL: 13,533 Orach Chaim (697 chapters): 4,108 Yoreh Deah (403 chapters): 3,685 Even HaEzer (178 chapters): 1,986 Choshen Mishpat (427 chapters): 3,754 I used the Shulchan Aruch in one volume mentioned in a comment by Oliver and counted the seifim. I scanned the page (optically) and mentally added as I turned the pages. Usually when I got to a high ...


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Edit: The longest section of Gemora between Mishayos in the Bomberg edition of Shas is from the first Mishna in Chelek 90a till second Mishna Chelek 107b (about 17.5 daf) The first mishna in Sanhedrin 2a- 2b till the next Mishna in the second chapter 18a is the second longest gap (16.5 daf). Pesachim 99b- 114b (14.5 daf) Bava Basra 42b- 56a (14 daf) Rosh ...


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In the US, about 1.5% of self-identified Orthodox Jewish adults say they had a formal conversion, according to data from Pew's 2013 survey of American Jews. This amounts to about ~7000 people. (According to this article, the RCA says that 1275 people had converted with an RCA-affiliated beit din over a seven-year period, although, as the article says, plenty ...


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I used the data from hebcal.com/hebcal and the linux command line to see how many times the various fasts actually fell on Monday or Thursday. First, I downloaded the Event Lists for the years 5514 through 5572. I started from 5514 because, according to the website, results for year 1752 C.E. and before may not be accurate. "Hebcal does not take into ...


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Here's the list of the longest to shortest Masechtot in the Talmud Yerushalmi based off the amount of daf per Masechta. (Source: Sefaria, which uses the text of Mechon Mamre, which is based on the Pietrkov edition.) Shabbos - 92 (1a-92b) Yevamos - 85 (1a-85a) Ketubot - 72 (1a-72a) Pesachim - 71 (1a-71b) Berachos - 68 (1a-68a) Eruvin - 65 (1a-65b) Terumot -...


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Answer: Levites: 4%, Priests: 4%. A scientific article which deals with the genetics of priests and Levites quotes a book from 1999 (not available for reading online) which estimates Levites and priests each at 4% of the general Jewish population. Source: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000292970763626X#bbib6 Referenced book: "The genetic ...


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For what its worth. I corresponded a while ago (through the official chabad website) with regards to the issue of the Rebbe being moshiach and the proliferation of this ideology within chabad. The responses I received were as follows: No, the official Chabad officials do not hold that the Rebbe is Moshiach. There is no underground movement which ...


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I think there are 304805 letters in a Sefer Torah but 304850 or 304848 letters in the text as found in a famous manuscript, the 'Leningrad codex', which many academics use. Sefaria is based on the Leningrad codex from tanach.us. I haven't seen a list of the differences, but an example is האלילם/האלילים in Leviticus 19:4.


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