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28 Tishrei 5766

Age of the Jewish people


Rabbi Elchanan Lewis

Question:
At Shul, I heard repeatedly that the Jewish people were 4000 years old and I had always thought that it was over 5000 years. I know that this is 5765 so how could it only be 4000?
Thank you

Answer:
The world was created 5766 year ago.
Abraham, son of Terach father of Isaac, AKA "the first Jew", was born 1948 years later.
It is therefore a common saying that the Jews are around for almost 4000 years.


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