What Others Can Learn from Israel about Having Children

Raising birthrates requires a commitment to values greater than individual self-interest.

Israeli children at a farm in March 2018. Gershon Elinson/Flash90.

Israeli children at a farm in March 2018. Gershon Elinson/Flash90.

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May 14 2018
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Sarah Rindner teaches English literature at Lander College in New York and blogs at Book of Books.


Ofir Haivry’s account of demographic trends in Israel is as heartening and uplifting as his picture of trends in the rest of the Western world is bleak and depressing. Inextricable from his argument about the meaning of Israel’s high fertility rates is his analysis of how the country’s cultural norms, which include a specifically Israeli style of parenting, may contribute to its fertility bonanza.

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