What percentage of our entire lives are we Jewish?
According to my good friend Alexa, the average American lives approximately 80 years or 29,220 days (this includes leap years).
During these 29,200 days, how many days does the typical American Jew practice being Jewish?
According to Alexa’s close friend, Google Assistant, each year most American Jews observe four Jewish holidays: Rosh HaShana, Yom Kippur, eight days of Chanukah and seven days of Pesach. This translates into 1360 days during one’s lifespan.
Let us assume the typical American Jew goes to synagogue twice a year. This translates into 160 days during one’s lifespan.
Most American Jews have a Jewish presence during their major lifecycle events: births, weddings and funerals. And finally, most American Jews have either a bar or bat mitzvah ceremony.
Altogether, the average American Jew celebrates being Jewish a total of 1484 days during his or her lifetime.
In other words, Judaism plays a vital role in the life of a typical American Jew 1484 days out of 29,200 days or 5%. 95% of the time Judaism plays little or no role in the daily lives of most American Jews.
1484 days of our lives Judaism plays an important role.
27,716 days of our lives Judaism plays a limited role.
For the typical American Jew, do these statistics matter?
Does Jewish lives matter?