The Jews – A Blessing to the Nations

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Only 13.5 million Jews in the World Today

There are approximately 13.5 million Jews in the world. That is less than ¼ of 1 percent of the world population. The following is just the beginnings of their contributions to the world.

Nobel Prizes

  •  Chemistry (32 prize winners, 20% of world total, 29% of US total)
  •  Economics (28 prize winners, 41% of world total, 53% of US total)
  •  Literature (13 prize winners, 12% of world total, 27% of US total)
  •  Peace (9 prize winners, 9% of world total, 10% of US total)4
  •  Physics (49 prize winners, 26% of world total, 37% of US total)
  •  Physiology or Medicine (54 prize winners, 27% of world total, 40% of US total)

Anthropology

  • Jews are the subjects of about thirty percent of the forty-two biographical entries contained in The Dictionary of Anthropology.

Medicine

  • Among the many Popes who maintained Jewish personal physicians were Martin IV, Nicholas IV, Boniface VIII, Alexander VI, Julius II, Leo X, Clement VII, Paul III, Gregory XV, Urban VIII, and Innocent X.

Computer Technology

  • The co-invention of BASIC by John Kemeny. Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz+ developed this popular programming language.
  • The co-invention of the Internet by Leonard Kleinrock, Paul Baran, and Robert Kahn.
  • The invention of Google by Sergey Brin and Larry Page*.
  • The invention of DNA computing by Leonard Adleman.
  • The invention of quantum computing by Paul Benioff, Richard Feynman, and David Deutsch.
  • The co-founding of the field of artificial intelligence by Marvin Minsky, Herbert Simon*, and John McCarthy*.

Mathematics

  • Another indicator is the nearly 50% Jewish makeup of the combined membership of the divisions of mathematics and applied mathematical sciences of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Music

  • Approximately forty percent of the membership of the Songwriters Hall of Fame are Jewish.
  • Of the one hundred leading virtuoso performers of the twentieth century…2/3 of the violinist, half the cellist, 40 percent of the pianist, and 25 percent of the leading conductors are Jewish.

Philosophy

  • The roots of Western civilization lie in Athens and Jerusalem. From the latter came Judaic monotheism and its expression in the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, which are the ultimate source of many, if not most, of the metaphysical concepts underpinning the world view, values, and sensibility of the Western mind. According to the Book of Genesis, the world is the product neither of chance, nor of necessity; rather, it is created ex nihilo in a deliberate act of will by a God who is transcendent to it, and whose absolute unity is the ground of all existence. The God of the Hebrew Bible is, furthermore, supra-personal, not sub-personal; i.e., God is not portrayed as a principle or as a material force or process, but rather as a Being possessing intelligence, freedom, and will. Man, who is cast in God’s image, shares in God’s freedom and creativity, from which follows the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the human person. The world that is created is the best of all possible worlds that are consistent with human freedom. But a world open enough to accommodate the full expression of human freedom will also be one that is inevitably vulnerable to both moral and natural evil. It is, consequently, a very imperfect world, a world forever suspended between the poles of nothingness and paradise. History is the arena in which the story of human freedom is to be played out; and it is intended to be a narrative of purpose, creativity, and progress. But to attain the blessings of freedom and its limitless possibilities, humanity is required to conform to the system of moral normativity revealed at Sinai. Israel is to spread this word, but not by conquest, nor by proselytization. Rather, by simply conducting itself according to the precepts of the Torah, Israel is to lead by example, thereby becoming “a light unto the nations.”1 The God of Israel is thus immanent, not in nature, but in human history.

Religion

Though Jews have had a huge impact on the world you cannot say they have had too much of an impact as far as religion in the respect of Judaism catching on in the world. There are only about 14 million people in the world who say they practice Judaism. Again, this number is less than ¼ of 1 percent of the world population.

Therefore you might conclude that their contribution to religion is quite small, that is unless you include the contribution of the Jew named Jesus of Nazareth and his Jewish disciples. In the current world population this band of Jews are responsible for bringing 2.2 billion non Jews to faith in the one mono theistic Hebrew God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This makes up about 1/3 of the population of the world and another example of a Jew making a mega impact on the world.

Written by Clay J. Mize (Jan. 2012)

The following sources were used to prepare this article: such as
Jewishvirtuallibrary.org
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
Jinfo.org

  • Joel Mize

    The Jewish record of intelligence & academic achievement is not only unexcelled, but not even approached by other cultures. Why is there so much envy & hate toward them ? Do the Jews bear responsibility for this often harsh condemnation (for greed; too much world influence, etc.) that is continually aimed at them ?

    • Clay J Mize

      Hi Joel, To me the hatred toward Jews seems irrational. To blame someone for doing well and gaining influence makes no sense, unless it is a jealousy based hatred. I would prefer to celebrate their contributions.

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