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How many Jews are there in the world today?

According to Mark Twain’s 1898 article in Harper’s Magazine, Jews are "a nebulous dim puff of star-dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way". He goes on to say : "The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away ; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone ; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew ; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality ?"

Are Jews really only one percent of the human race ?

Current studies indicate that Jews only make up 0.02 percent of the world population, far less than even Mark Twain’s estimation in 1898. Even the current estimates of 18 million is declining. According to a 2002 study by the Jewish Agency, "the number of Jews in the world is declining at an average of 50,000 per year."

Where have all the Jews gone ?

This website attempts to look at some of the possibilities, offer some answers and ultimately pose additional questions.

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