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May 26, 2007
August 4, 2009 10:55 AM
without the Jew to keep Hashem's Torah, there would be no reason for the world to exist. Without the Jews, the world would cease to exist; that's why Hashem would never completely destroy the Jewish people, they're are the main players on the world stage, reluctantly or not.
April 7, 2009 2:01 PM
Since when is there a "secret" to Jewish survival? We are here today because we believe in G-d!
March 1, 2009 7:22 PM
a jew in every show
I don't think that even one show on tv doesn't have a Jewish influence.
November 14, 2007 1:59 AM
The Jews had a wise grandfather called Abraham who made non revocable covenant with the Creator of the Universe.Don,t break yourself sore on an immovable rock-get a covenant or maybe a wise grandfather!
Pastor Angelo M. Beard,
November 2, 2007 9:07 AM
There is no secret to the Jewish survival it is The God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob. The Holy Bible tells us that, just believe.
September 17, 2007 5:18 PM
It's always been worse
It was worse in Egypt than the Exodus, the Pale was worse than the War of Independence, etc. You think now it bad, it's been worse!
August 28, 2007 2:17 AM
There is a plan!
Jewish people are central to the Almighty's plans and the world's future.
August 18, 2007 12:51 AM
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July 6, 2007 1:18 AM
RE: the secret of Jewish survival [is persecution]
The persecution is only to compensate for our nation's lack of commitment to the Contract we made 3,000 years ago at Mt. Sinai. Personally, I'd rather stick to the contract.
June 19, 2007 2:12 PM
Yes, we survived...
Because we have the Commandments. And some of us had the audacity to live by them. Sure, there were times in our history where we were not permitted to live them openly, but the important part has always been living them in our hearts. And, of all the laws, sure, there are many that are all important, including our covenant and the shma, but also the kosher laws. I have found that when I do not keep the kosher laws, I get into trouble. And, by that I mean, if I eat something that even I think is kosher, and it really is not, then I am in big trouble, and it has even put me into hospital. Yes, we are different, and no we are not different, but we have been taken apart for a reason--and all the while I feel it has been to do what he has asked us to do. for all of us individually, it is unique, and all of us toegther, it is the same as it ever has been.
June 17, 2007 12:11 AM
June 15, 2007 7:47 AM
the secret of Jewish survival
The secret to Jewish survival is the constant opposition and prosecution by other peoples; it confirms the need to be where and what we are....
June 5, 2007 1:08 AM
The secret to Jewish survival is of course your sense of humor!!
June 5, 2007 12:21 AM
The steadfast longing for God.
June 2, 2007 9:06 AM
The secret of jewish survival is not with the jews but with a great G-d who never changes, who will always remain faithful to His covenant with Abraham, despite our unfaithfulness
May 31, 2007 8:57 AM
Who needs to say more?
May 31, 2007 8:14 AM
always seeking Hashem
There has always been times when portions of Jewish population have been less than attentive to Torah. Yet, Jews always do look to heaven and "speak" to Hashem, recognizing that He controls the world. Our egos and "stubborness" have been our "curse" but it also has been our blessing. G-ds promise, also historic is the controller of our destiny.
May 31, 2007 12:43 AM
Secret to Jewish Survival!
The secret to Jewish survival? Thats simple."Mitzvot are the candle - and Torah is the light." (Proverbs 6:23)The Torah states when you light the Menorah, be sure that the six outer lamps face the center (numbers 8:2). What do the six outer lamps represent, and why must they all face the seventh center stem? The six outer branches represent the six fields of knowledge: medicine, physics, mathematics, art, psychology and sociology. These are essential fields of scholorship. Basically the Torah is telling us that society cannot rest on knowledge alone. Unless the information is focused and directed toward the center stem - (symbolizing G-d, Torah and Spirituality.) otherwise its a disaster like history has taught us about the mighty empire of Greece.So the secret to Jewish survival is that we have kept knowledge with wisdom intertwined, and have a clear moral direction that includes G-d.Bernard Aybout.
May 30, 2007 8:23 PM
Being the willing servents of the one true G-d and the beautiful favor that comes with that.
May 30, 2007 6:40 PM
our soul is eternal. there is a song about the history of the Jewish people. part of the chorus states-"they may break our bodies, they may break our bones but they cannot diminish our souls." the spark of G-d within us keeps us alive. that is our secret.
May 30, 2007 10:01 AM
Not necessarily in the way you think "physically" but spiritually. Sticking to what you believe in and trying to understand why others don't understand what you believe.
Lou Ann Silva,
May 30, 2007 8:39 AM
"For ask now concerning the days that are past... Did any people ever hear the voice of GOD speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live? Or did GOD ever try to go and take for Himself a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your GOD did for you in Egypt before your eyes?" (Deut 4:32-34) "...the LORD your GOD has chosen you to be a people for Himself... The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers..." (Deut 7:6-8).Because God has chosen you and you are brothers you should make every effort to be one. A house divided against itself cannot stand.
May 30, 2007 3:39 AM
Stubborness is why we survived. Refusal to give up our hopes and dreams, our customs and culture etc. Even when being a Goy looked appealing most Jews didn't give in. That is the secret to our survival, not giving in.
Alan Bunin MD,
May 29, 2007 11:16 PM
Being happy and meaningful
Having a wholesome mission is only half of it. Only if you're having fun while trying to make the world better will you be a light unto the nations.
May 29, 2007 3:37 PM
It is simple GOD takes care of us!
It is simple GOD takes care of us!
May 29, 2007 2:40 PM
Because G-d is trully
G-d made a covenant with the people of Israel. He is faithfull and migthy. The people of Israel will never be destroyed
May 29, 2007 2:03 PM
"Chitziy Achale Bum"
I run out of arrows before I run out of the jews. Gods faithfull promise. Period(RASHI)
May 29, 2007 11:44 AM
We are superior, thats a fact.
The secret is that we are smarter then the goyim. You have to be smarte and have the brains to survive. Be quick, be intelligent, have the guts and the ever lastind desire to maintain our people for as long as the world goes round. Nobody is taking care of us just US and GOD. Every new baby born is a summary to our survival. And HOW we love them...ensures our survival. Compare a yidishe mame to a goyish mother. Our concern, kisses and embraces make all the difference for our menkind. Keep on like this, be always a yidishe mom, the our soldiers will know what to fight for. Agnes Csato (Chile)
May 29, 2007 11:17 AM
Number one is the Torah!2. Tzadikim in every generation3. Observant Jews4. There were always Jewish presence in Jerusalem5. G-d's love
Marianne Kohn Beker,
May 29, 2007 11:10 AM
Our capacity to change without giving up our jewishness is the reason of our survival
May 29, 2007 8:49 AM
The Secret Is...
Learning, teaching, knowledge leads to everything else and that's what I think keeps the Jewish people alive today.
May 28, 2007 3:33 PM
Jewish Cohesion for One and All
There are many requirements for the survival of the Jewish People but the Number One answer and way to start is Jewish Cohesion. Jews looking out for other Jews; Jews hiring other Jews; Jews supporting other Jews; and Jews living and act as One!
May 28, 2007 12:38 PM
G-d keeps us alive.
The one thing keeping us going is G-d's promise to the Jewish people. By any humanly rational calculus, we should already be gone by now, buried and forgotten for many years, if not centuries. Just our 10% (if that) understanding of the Torah keeps us going--in whatever parlous state--but if we could ever get it 100% right, not only ourselves, but the whole world would be perfected! (Well, I'm not the first guy to say that, but I thought it bears repeating).
May 28, 2007 12:47 AM
May 27, 2007 7:37 PM
One is the Loneliest Number
I think we -- the Jews -- have survived because we have preserved -- preserved our faith, our Torah, customs, dress, language, etc. Historically, it was not uncommon to have been persecuted precisely when we tried to fit it, to forget the Torah and its lessons. As if the nations were reminding us that we ARE different.
May 27, 2007 8:29 AM
So what's the secret? Hardship, oppression, expulsion, and of course our daily aches and pains. The constant kvetcing that all this causes binds us and preserves us. It's no secret, just ask any Jew how he's feeling today and then relax and enjoy. Remember that this has been going on for thousands of years.
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