With roughly 15 million Jews in a world of 7.7 billion people, we make up less than .2% of the world population. However, despite our small size, we’ve been recognized with over 20% of the Nobel Prizes for contributions to the sciences, medicine, literature, economics, and peace. Most Jews tend to believe not only in a strong core religious education, but in higher education and lifelong learning, and others excel even when starting out and innovating from their garages. From Abraham and Moses to Einstein and Freud, and even to today’s Jews leading the Technology revolution–such as Steve Ballmer, Sergey Brin, Michael Dell, Larry Ellison, Larry Page, and Mark Zuckerberg–the Jewish contribution is truly unparalleled.
Until Mashiach, there will always be some people that hate on us and want to destroy us–perhaps and unfortunately, that’s just who they are. But we choose not be anyone else but Jews, because that’s who we are–and there is every reason to be ourselves, maintain our faith of thousands of years, continue to make awesome contributions that benefit mankind, and be forever proud to be a Jew.
So working in a place with scientific geniuses and even a history of Nobel Prize winners is serious business.
I see things that I don’t know what they are.
I meet people that I don’t understand what they do.
But in all cases, I am in awe of the smart and good people and the work they are doing to advance us.
Here was an example this week in randomly meeting someone and starting up a conversation:
Andy: Hi. I’m Andy. What do you do here?
Him: I’m [so and so]. I do neutron scattering.
Andy: [Gulp followed by big smile] I know absolutely nothing about that.
Him: Well, what do you do?
Andy: I’m doing process engineering and enterprise service management.
Him: [Smile] I know absolutely nothing about that.
Get the picture.
One for the books right.
In another instance, when asked what their group does, someone leans into me and goes:
I really like this poster graphic outlining Jewish history and key figures from Genesis until modern times.
While there is already a lot of information on here such major events in Jewish history, world events, Jewish historical figures, Jewish literature and Jewish population, I would suggest adding major Jewish contributions to the world from Einstein to Freud, from Columbis to Salk.
Also, I found that 23% of all Nobel Prizes (or 193 people) between 1901 and 2013 were awarded to people of Jewish descent–and the awards were across the fields of chemistry, economics, literature, peace, physics, and medicine.
We are not a very large people–just .2%–in terms of population, but we have a very rich history–a mixture of persecution and contribution.
Thank you Minna Blumenthal for sending me the link to this!