Maybe It’s the Cholent
Are Orthodox Jews happier with their marriages than others? Do the demands of taharas ha-mishpachah translate into a better relationship? There now is some evidence of better marriages within the Orthodox community, as reported in the Wall Street Journal:
According to the Aleinu Marital Satisfaction Survey—an anonymous online study conducted by the Orthodox Union in conjunction with a program of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles and the Rabbinical Council of California—72% of Orthodox men and 74% of Orthodox women rated their marriages as excellent or very good. By contrast, only 63% of men and 60% of women in the public at large told the General Social Survey, conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, that they were very happy in their marriages.
As we stand on the precipice of the holy day of Purim, explain, pray tell, how the chulent would explain the happiness of our sefardi, Mizrachi and Teimani co-religionists. 😉
[YA: 1) Chamin 2) Moroccan fish, instead of gefilte]
Perhaps a higher percentage of Orthodox couples are happier in their marriages than the general US population, but the OU cannot make that claim with this survey. The GSS surveys a sample of the US population, which means that it is representative of the US population. The OU survey was an anonymous online survey, which cannot claim to be representative of the Orthodox population.
Follow-up… there are NO comments on the article on the WSJ. Yeah, right. That increases the credibility factor… not.