Gallup on Happiness, Continued

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Jews are the happiest group in America, and frum Jews are the happiest Jews! The New York Times continues in its coverage of the Gallup Well-Being Study

The bad news is that fewer Jews (far, far fewer) identified themselves as very religious than members of all other religious groups

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Raymond
4 years 5 months ago

Speaking of the vast majority of Jews not being Shomer Shabbat, I have a very simple question I would like to ask here, and that is the following. I think it is safe to assume that the overwhelming majority of Jews who are not observant, are that way due to sheer ignorance. While having knowledge of Judaism does not guarantee that a person will be religious, it at least substantially increases such a possiblity.

And so, my question is, why is it that most Jews here in America know next to nothing about Judaism? Doesn’t it strike any of you as odd, that we Jews, who are the People of the Book, who even when completely secular have multiple college degrees, and yet most of our fellow Jews are so ignorant when it comes to our own Torah values and its interaction with the history of our people? I am not asking a rhetorical question at all here; I really would like to know the cause of this strange dichotomy.

Tal Benschar
4 years 5 months ago

“It is not obvious to me that a very religious person should be happier. One who believes that one must account for ones actions to one who can’t be fooled and knows everything could be depressed worrying how one could answer the questions from a cross examiner who can’t be fooled and before a judge where one can’t plead the 5th amendment.” – Mycroft

You have a good point, but on the other hand, at least there is a Judge. If you do not believe, then in the end life is merely “a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”

For us, notwithstanding the Yom ha Din, we can still say “Ashreinu, Mah Tov Chelkeinu, U-Mah Naim Goraleinu.”

lacosta
4 years 5 months ago

>The bad news is that fewer Jews (far, far fewer) identified themselves as very religious than members of all other religious groups

—- well, it would only be bad ‘news’ if this were different than in the past eg conservative temple membership down x %. but this isn’t saying there are fewer frum jews than 5-10 yr ago , is it? no one is denying that the statistical percentage of frum jews has remained roughly constant for decades….

joel rich
4 years 5 months ago

see: http://www.cross-currents.com/archives/2011/03/06/census-and-non-census/
we must guard against accepting only those polls we’re “happy” with.
KT

mycroft
4 years 5 months ago

It is not obvious to me that a very religious person should be happier. One who believes that one must account for ones actions to one who can’t be fooled and knows everything could be depressed worrying how one could answer the questions from a cross examiner who can’t be fooled and before a judge where one can’t plead the 5th amendment.