David Brooks Discovers Hasids

I don’t have much to say about David Brooks’ kinda weird walking tour of Midwood Jews, but this stuck out to me:

Nationwide, only 21 percent of non-Orthodox Jews between the ages of 18 and 29 are married. But an astounding 71 percent of Orthodox Jews are married at that age. And they are having four and five kids per couple. In the New York City area, for example, the Orthodox make up 32 percent of Jews over all. But the Orthodox make up 61 percent of Jewish children. Because the Orthodox are so fertile, in a few years, they will be the dominant group in New York Jewry.

Um, David, by “Because the Orthodox are so fertile” you meant “Because the Orthodox prohibit pre-marital sex and believe birth control is immoral,” but I guess that’s just splitting hairs.