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Hiddush fighting for gender equality and pluralism

The Jerusalem Municipality deleted the list of synagogues in the city from the municipality's website in order to avoid publicizing non-Orthodox synagogues and non-Jewish houses of worship – Hiddush launching a worldwide petition drive and planning further legal action.

Hiddush fighting for gender equality and pluralism

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Think you're Jewish? Well, think again!

The world is definitely changing, but one thing does not seem to change: The battle for religious freedom and equality in Israel is continuing as if there were no pandemic… clearly and adversely impacting Israelis, as well as American and world Jewry.

Think you're Jewish? Well, think again!

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The “Who is a Jew?” War is Back!

It has not been long since the establishment of Israel’s new government, and issues of religion and state have come to the fore. These explosive issues have toppled governments in the past, and even the last three elections were largely due to the demands of the ultra-Orthodox parties in regards to the drafting of yeshiva students and the matter of “Who is a Jew”.

The “Who is a Jew?” War is Back!

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The Imminent Political/Legal Explosion

Together with many in the United States and Israel, we are watching with dread and pain the increasing devaluation of human life. The killing of George Floyd and Iyad El Halek has hit us all. We also cannot turn a blind eye to the connection they bear to the plague of racism, which intensifies the moral and social wounds.

The Imminent Political/Legal Explosion

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A coalition that will escalate Jewish disunity

The 35th government has begun its term. Up until the last minute, there was no certainty of that. Israel could very well have been dragged into a fourth round of elections. In fact, disputes over cooperation between the Likud and the remnants of ‘Blue & White’ remain.

A coalition that will escalate Jewish disunity

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"The State of Israel is but a Co-op Board" ???

This week, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected all of the petitions against Benjamin Netanyahu's continued tenure as prime minister due to the pending criminal charges against him, as well as those against the coalition agreement between the Likud and Blue & White.

"The State of Israel is but a Co-op Board" ???

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Emergency government and national unity?

This week marked ‘Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day’, which was established by the Knesset in 1951. This day and ‘Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism’ (next week) are the only two official memorial days of the State of Israel by law.

Emergency government and national unity?

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What’s behind the spread of Corona among Haredim?

We are living in a calamitous time, a period of uncertainty that not only threatens the lives and safety of millions of people, but that has already caused the economic and social dislocation of so many and changed the world around us overnight.

What’s behind the spread of Corona among Haredim?

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Israeli elections: insights and lessons

The formula for success in Israel’s March ’20 elections: Declare your party’s commitment to the fight for religious freedom & equality. 54% of the Israeli Jewish public responded that such a commitment by the parties running for election would increase the likelihood of their voting for those parties.

Israeli elections: insights and lessons

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Rabbi Meir Mazuz: Supreme Court Justices are beasts and mosquitoes

February 17, 2020: Channel 12 exposes the greatly esteemed Rabbi Meir Mazuz attacking the Israeli Supreme Court. This is the very same rabbi that PM Netanyahu courted for support before the Likud primaries!

Rabbi Meir Mazuz: Supreme Court Justices are beasts and mosquitoes

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1 of every 7 J'lem children attend illegal schools

The Israeli ultra-Orthodox media’s reaction to Hiddush’s petition to the Israeli Supreme Court on the matter of the State’s failure to ensure that upwards of 40,000 children in Jerusalem receive educations at legal, state recognized schools was predictably full of vitriol.

1 of every 7 J'lem children attend illegal schools

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Rabbinic and Legal networks fighting for freedom

The outrageous attack on Russian Jews and Russian converts to Judaism by the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yitzchak Yosef, requires a strong rebuke. This kind of hurtful and heartless outburst characterizes the all too frequent statements by Israeli rabbinic figures with state-backed power to use their positions as a bully pulpit.

Rabbinic and Legal networks fighting for freedom

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Chief Rabbi Yosef: "Russian Olim are Goyim!"

Almost every news broadcast in recent days, whether on radio or television, has included a segment on the scandalous statements made by Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, denigrating the olim from the former Soviet Union, as well as the numerous public and political reactions to his vile, violent message.

Chief Rabbi Yosef: "Russian Olim are Goyim!"

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Huge numbers of gentile family members make Aliyah

Hiddush wishes all of you a bright holiday, celebrating the cause of religious freedom. May our elected representatives finally represent the core values of the State of Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State and commit to fully realize religious freedom and equality. It befits the spirit of the holiday of Chanukah and the values of Israel's Declaration of Independence.

Huge numbers of gentile family members make Aliyah

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Where are Israeli Jews now on Religion & State?

The “Status Quo” is an affront to the will of the public: 63% want a civil unity government; 71% support public transportation on the Sabbath; 69% support establishing civil marriage and divorce in Israel

Where are Israeli Jews now on Religion & State?

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