The just-released Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011 clearly shows that the Jewish population decline in New York has been stemmed by large numbers of babies born to Orthodox families in America. The heroic fertility and educational efforts of Orthodox Jews — sometimes to the point of actual impoverishment — is legendary. Ironically, it is historically the Conservative and Reform Jewish movements that have unintentionally benefited from this Orthodox Jewish investment.
Every April 15, we are reminded that many of the things we hold dear literally don't come cheap. Democracy demands its pound of flesh, or its 30 percent, and on Tax Day the bill comes due.