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Jewish Culture

A little about the real Israel...

Jewish and Israeli culture is incredibly varied and diverse. Not only do you have the Arab - Israeli conflict in the Land itself, often spilling over the borders into the wider world scene, but also immense diversity within the Jewish people themsleves.

 

There are the Modern Orthodox, Ultra-Orthodox, Haredi Orthodox, Lubavitcher, Reform, Conservative, Liberal and completely secular. Each with its own myriad of ideas, beliefs, and traditions.

 

Add to that the prophetic volume of new immigrants making aliyah to Israel from literally the four corners of the world, then you are bound to end up with cultural, linguistic, educational, philosophical, behavioural and ethnic diversity on a massive scale.

 

There are some helpful numbers and fact, below, to help illustrate the point, and our very own recipes section where you can literally smell and taste the diversity that is the Jewish people, and Israel today.

Eclectic Cuisine

Eclectic tastes are inevitable with people returning from the four corners of the world

Israel is a small country - just under 280 miles from top to bottom and an average of just 37 miles across. It's demographic, however, is extremely diverse as its cosmopolitan society has been gathered as a literal fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.

  

The diversity of contributing nations to the population of Israel is inevitably reflected by the infinite range of cuisine available in the country. The country itself is famous for its fresh fruit and vegetables (the Jaffa orange has long been a well-known symbol of the country).

 

We hope you enjoy trying out some of our recipes taken from the huge diversity of Israeli and Jewish cuisine. Some are traditionally Jewish, some are more modern creations from Israel.

 

Check out our selection to get you in the mood for some great culinary ideas from around the Jewish world, and from the heart of the Promised Land itself.

Geography

Eretz Isra'el
  • Israel is only 1/6 of 1% of the landmass of the Middle East.
  • Israel is roughly half the size of Lake Michigan.
  • The Sea of Galilee, at 695 ft. below sea level, is the lowest freshwater lake in the world.
  • The Dead Sea is the lowest surface point on earth, at about 1,373 feet below sea level.
  • Israel is the only nation in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees.
  • Jericho is the oldest continuously inhabited town in the world.
  • The Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is the oldest, continually used cemetery in the world.

Demographics

Aliyah leads to a broad mix of peoples and cultures
  • Israel 's population is half the size of Metro New York City.
  • Israel has only 2% of the population of the Middle East.
  • Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees per capita in the world.
  • Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation in the world - by a large margin.
  • Israel has the highest number of scientists and technicians per capita in the world - by a large margin.
  • Israel has the highest number of engineers per capita in the world.
  • Israel has the highest number of PhD's per capita in the world.
  • Israel has the highest number of physicians per capita in the world.
  • Israel has the largest percentage of its workforce employed in technical professions in the world.
  • Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation in the world, per capita.
  • Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the Christian population has grown over the last 50 years.
  • Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Christians, Muslims and Jews are all free to vote.
  • Israel is the only country in the Middle East where women enjoy full political rights.

Economics

The New Israeli Shekel (NIS)
  • Israel has the largest number of start-up companies per capita in the world.
  • Israel is the world's largest wholesale diamond centre, finally surpassing Antwerp in the 1970's. Most of the cut & polished diamonds in the world come from Israel.
  • Israel has the largest number of NASDAQ listed companies outside of the US and Canada.
  • Israel was the first country to have a free trade agreement with the United States.
  • Apart from the Silicon Valley, Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies in the world.

Technology

Israeli Development of the Pentium 4 Processor
  • The cell phone was developed in Israel at Motorola's largest development centre.
  • The Voice Mail technology was developed in Israel.
  • In the early 80's, IBM chose an Israeli-designed computer chip as the brains for its first personal computers.
  • The first anti-virus software for computers was developed in Israel in 1979.
  • Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed in Israel by Microsoft.
  • Both the Pentium-4 and Centrino processors were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel.
  • The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.
  • Israel has the highest number of home computers per capita in the world.
  • The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ was developed in 1996 by 4 young Israelis.
  • Israel was the first Middle Eastern country to launch a satellite, the Ofek 1, on September 19, 1988.

Culture

Israel - home of cultural diversity
  • Hebrew is the only case of a dead national language being revived in all of world history. Hebrew had not been spoken as a native tongue by anyone for centuries. Today it is the native tongue of millions of people.
  • Israel has more museums per capita than any other nation in the world.
  • Israel has more orchestras per capita than any other nation in the world.
  • Israel publishes more books per capita than any other nation in the world.
  • Israel publishes more books translated from other languages than any other nation in the world.
  • Israel reads more books per capita than any other nation in the world.
  • The most independent and free Arabic press in the Middle East is in Israel.

Military and Defence

The Israeli Merkeva Tank
  • Israel has the largest fleet of F-16 aircraft outside of the US .
  • Israel has the world's most impenetrable airline security.
  • Israel spends more money per capita on it's own protection than any country in the world.

Agriculture and Science

Leading the world in agricultural techniques
  • Israel's dairy cows are the most productive dairy cows in the world. They average 25,432 pounds of milk per cow per year, compared to just 18,747 pounds from American cows; 17,085 from Canadian cows; 13,778 from European Union cows; 10,207 from Australian cows; and 6,600 from Chinese cows.
  • Israel has more in-vitro fertilization per capita than anywhere in the world, and it's free.
  • Israelis, per capita, are the world's biggest consumers of fruits and vegetables.

Israel and the United Nations

Of the 175 UN Security Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel.

 

Of the 690 UN General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.

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