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An astonishing revelation from Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics

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New Year Stats
An astonishing revelation from Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics
The 71 in 5771 is depicted in Hebrew letters as "ayin-alef," which may be translated as "look at the thousands."

This year on the Jewish calendar is the 5771st since Creation. The new year part, the "71," is depicted in Hebrew letters as "ayin-alef," which may be translated as "eye the thousand" – i.e., "look at the thousands."

On September 6, 2010, three days before Rosh Hashanah 5771, at 14:25, Globes (Israel's foremost business magazine) reported on its website:

Israel's population totals 7,645,500 on the eve of 5771, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported today. This number includes 5,770,900 Jews, 1,559,100 Arabs and 315,500 others.

Further research reveals that the daily birth rate of Jews in Israel is 309, and of deaths is 100. Therefore, to establish the (almost) exact total Jewish population in Israel when 5771 began, we have to add 627 (309-100, x 3) to the up-to-but-not-including Sept. 6 reported total. This yields 5,771,527! 1,000 times the year 5,771 = 5,771,000 – almost exactly the number of Jews in Israel (plus a little extra in our favor!).

"May the L-rd G‑d increase you 1000 times more…" (Deut. 1:11) – especially this year 5,771!

Shmuel-Simcha Treister is a lawyer from New Zealand who made aliya to Safed with his family in 1993 to study Zohar. He continues doing so to this day. He also works in the Ascent multi-media center.
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