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Survey: Record number of Israeli Jews believe in God

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posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 07:20 PM
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First comprehensive study in a decade: 70 percent of respondents believe the Jews are the 'Chosen People.'



The study, conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute's Guttman Center for Surveys and the Avi Chai Foundation, is based on interviews with 2,803 Israeli Jews.



80% of Israeli Jews say God exists.

70% say Jews are the chosen People.

65% say the Torah and mitzvot (religious commandments ) are God-given.

56% believe in life after death.


This change in self-identification was also reflected in the proportion of those subscribing to traditional Jewish beliefs. For instance, 55 percent said they believe in the coming of the Messiah, up from 45 percent in 1999 but similar to 53 percent in 1991, while 37 percent said that "a Jew who does not observe the religious precepts endangers the entire Jewish people," up from 30 percent in 1999 but again similar to the 1991 figure of 35 percent.

The study's authors cited two reasons for the rise in religiosity. One is that immigrants from the former Soviet Union, who contributed to the drop in religiosity from 1991 to 1999, have now assimilated into Israeli society. Various studies have found that this process of assimilation has resulted in Soviet immigrants becoming more traditional. The second reason is the demographic change caused by the higher Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox birthrates.


Fri, January 27, 2012 -- Haaretz
Jewish Surveys


No Mention of Zionism




posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 07:35 PM
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What.....80% believe in God, 70% believe they are the "chosen people", yet only 56% believe in an afterlife? So, 24% of Israeli Jews believe in a God, but believe that death is the end?

What is the purpose of believing in God then? That means that they don't believe they will be held accountable for their actions after death. What a strange survey!



posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 07:37 PM
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Originally posted by FissionSurplus
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What.....80% believe in God, 70% believe they are the "chosen people", yet only 56% believe in an afterlife? So, 24% of Israeli Jews believe in a God, but believe that death is the end?

What is the purpose of believing in God then? That means that they don't believe they will be held accountable for their actions after death. What a strange survey!


Good Observation !

It does seem a bit odd at that.



posted on Jan, 26 2012 @ 10:26 PM
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Originally posted by FissionSurplus
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What.....80% believe in God, 70% believe they are the "chosen people", yet only 56% believe in an afterlife? So, 24% of Israeli Jews believe in a God, but believe that death is the end?

What is the purpose of believing in God then? That means that they don't believe they will be held accountable for their actions after death. What a strange survey!


There is a reason. It comes from the old testament. Heaven for mortals only came about with Jesus, not before. Untill Jesus, none would rise from the dead. Thats what Ive gathered in my own digging.


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posted on Jan, 27 2012 @ 04:03 AM
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Judaism is a religion.

Shouldn't all Jews believe in God?



posted on Jan, 27 2012 @ 04:10 AM
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Survey : 80 % of surveys are done for pushing an agenda.



edit on 27-1-2012 by 12voltz because: (no reason given)



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