Basically the ultra religious believe this world is a phase for the next life in heaven. They believe the only way to get into heaven is by knowing Torah. You can be a rocket scientist, but if you don't know Torah you're an ignorant. Basically the man studies Torah 24/7. He finds a woman who will work and tend to the house and kids. By doing so she allows him to worry only about Torah and thus he buys a ticket to heaven for both of them. With a mentality like that, while their respective belief, is.. well... you're not going to see a change soon, and that way of life is going to be aggressively defended. The average children per family is around 5 and they're supported by a low pay of the wife and the government's pay for families of many children.
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