There’s a new religion arising in Western nations – Jediism – based on the “Star Wars” movies.
Its existence was noted in 2001 when, in a British census, thousands of citizens wrote it in as their belief system.
By 2010 there were 400,000 “Jedis” in the United Kingdom, putting it in the top five of all religions there.
Now there are 53,000 in New Zealand, 70,000 in Australia and 55,000 in Canada. In 2015, the Temple of the Jedi Order in Texas was registered and granted tax-exempt status by the U.S. government.
Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf believes Jediism has the attributes of established religions.
“There is a phenomenon of books and films that have totally captured the public’s attention: Tolkien, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Narnia,” Apisdorf said in an interview with Breaking Israel News. “These are all about the eternal