The region grew by 12,964 people in 2018 to 448,672—a 3 percent increase, down from a 3.4 percent increase in 2017, a 3.9 percent growth in 2016, a 4 percent growth in 2015 and a 4.2 percent increase in 2014.
Nachi Weiss has written a book about how he has been risking his life night after night to visit the Tomb of Joseph, the Biblical character he has adopted as his personal role model. Weiss does this in the belief that Joseph, more than any other Biblical character, is the key to bringing the Messiah.
There is only one day in the Jewish year when it is quite safe for children to ride their bicycles – of course with a suitable helmet and preferably knee and shoulder pads – in the usually busy streets and highways of Israel. It is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which will be observed this year – from sunset on Tuesday, September 18 and will end about 25 hours later on Wednesday 19.