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To a great extent, certain segments of our world – charedim have it much better on this now – although at times they had disasters with this – the Jewish world in Eastern Europe between the World Wars – the decline in שמירת שבת was frightening – today they have a strong hold on their people, but in the Modern Orthodox world it’s more common. Sometimes people then draw the conclusion – why didn’t I become charedi 30 years ago – but usually when that conclusion is drawn it’s too late, and that doesn’t always work, either.
1. Are there any studies available that support the assertion that current OTD rates differ between the MO and chareidi community? Between the US and Israel chareidi communities?
2.It will be interesting to see longitudinal studies of OTD rates when the demographic chickens come home to roost in Eretz Yisrael (hopefully mashiach will come first and this won’t be an issue)