A 99-year-old Ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman, Rachel Krishevsky, recently died, leaving behind some 1,400 descendants. Yes, you read that right. It seems her 11 children went on to produce 150 grandchildren for her, who then went on to have a boatload of kids, and so on.
Amazing. I will be lucky if I leave behind more than one descendant. But, then again, with the way things are going, I’m not really keen on my progeny being enslaved under an Islamic caliphate anyway.
In consideration of this story–and many others I’ve read about the prolificacy of Orthodox Jews–you’d think there would be much more than a mere single-digit percentage of Jews on this planet. Reminds me of the old Mark Twain commentary:
You will say that the Jew is everywhere numerically feeble…. When I read in the Encyclopedia Britannica that the Jewish population of the United States was 250,000, I wrote the editor, and explained to him that I was personally acquainted with more Jews than that in my country, and that his figures were without a doubt a misprint for 25,000,000. I also added that I was personally acquainted with that many there…
One Russian woman in the 18th century, Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev of Shuya, allegedly gave birth 69 children! Unbelievable.