December 21, 2010
As seen in The Jewish Week
Christians, Muslims and Jews
We were mentioned the most – especially (in relative terms) during the 1650 to 1750 period – though the trends change significantly if the singular of these words are used (i.e. “Christian, Muslim, Jew”). We are not sure if this is “Good or Bad for the Jews” as the context of the references is unclear. Interestingly, mentions of Muslims don’t begin to appear until the 1940s and ‘50s.
Israel and Palestine
Israel trends down until 1945 at which point usage skyrockets again, while Palestine peaks during WWII, but then falls off. The concept of Israelis and Palestinians both begin to enter common usage in the 1960s.
God, Food, Sex and Drugs
The big guy (no gender intended) beats alternative diversions. He has slipped in recent times, but still remains the king of content.
Basic Jewish Food Groups
Bagel is the dominant winner by a shmear. Seasonal matzah is second with kugel and gefilte fish consistent laggards.