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The importance of the Jewish faith in Ireland

Todd Knowles

Jewish Religion is spread all over the world. Every country has its community. Focus on the Irish community. What are its specifies? How many are they? What is the place that this religion takes in Ireland?

In Ireland, the Jewish religion is not very practices. As a consequence, most of the population did not know a lot of things about it. As an example, this week, Jewish people have celebrated the “Yom Kippur” which means “the day of a whole apologizes”. In this country, the Jewish religion is not well represented. Irish people are most of the time Christian (Catholic and Protest). 

Graph by Arnaud Lauzerte
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This graph shows that Ireland is one of the countries in Europe where the Irish population is less represented. Between 1600 and 2500 people are practicing the Jewish religion. According to the 2016 Irish census, 56% of Jews lived in Dublin. These facts do not mean that this religion is not absent-minded. As an example, in the capital city, there is the Irish Jewish Museum. In this place, you could learn the history of the Jewish people in the country. It was inaugurated in 1985, by Chaim Herzog, who was the 6th president of Israël. These last years, a study has shown that the number of Jewish people in Ireland is increasing. The Jewish population has increased by 28,9% between 2011 and 2016.

What is Yom Kippur ?

It is a day where people have to do the “fast”. People are not allowed to work, to eat, to take shower or have sexual relations between 6:27 PM to 7:35 PM the following day. This year, the celebration was on the 8th and 9th of October. It begins ten days after the Jewish New Year. When believers are going to the synagogue, they have to do five mandatory services. 

The rest of the time people have to stay in the synagogue for the whole day. 

Unfortunately, a shooting happened in Halle (Germany) during the celebration of this day. A man tried to enter a synagogue but he did not succeed. He opened fire on a cemetery and a Jewish restaurant. There are two deaths. The Police spokesman announced that their agent arrested the author of the attack.

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