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U.S. State Department Religious Freedom Report

The US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2016, released last week, diplomatically pans the lack of progress by the Israeli government toward increased religious freedom.

U.S. State Department Religious Freedom Report

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How to bring 21% of Haredi households out of poverty

We turn back to addressing one of the key manifestations of the unholy link between religion and the economy. This time, it follows on the publication of a review by the Ministry of Finance's Chief Economist department, according to which increasing participation in the workforce among ultra-Orthodox Jews and Arabs will reduce the poverty level in Israel by 21%.

How to bring 21% of Haredi households out of poverty

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Labor Chair Gabbay: Recognize Reform conversions!

This week Shas leader and Interior Minister Rabbi Aryeh Deri turned to Israel's Attorney General, demanding that the mandatory guidelines regarding the exclusion of women in the public sphere be suspended and reconsidered.

Labor Chair Gabbay: Recognize Reform conversions!

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The Chief Rabbinate's Black List - How to respond

Newly elected Labor party leader Avi Gabbay has made the following public declarations on freedom of marriage, religionization, and public transportation on Shabbat. Will his Labor party finally take a stand?

The Chief Rabbinate's Black List - How to respond

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2/3 Israelis oppose government's Kotel decision

If you weren't on Mars this week, there is high likelihood that you are aware of the fierce storms engulfing Israel and world Jewry under the blazing summer sun. Every self-respecting Jewish organization issued a statement, and the language ranged from dismay to deplore, although most were lacking when it came to taking action.

2/3 Israelis oppose government's Kotel decision

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Support for same-sex marriage/civil unions - record high of 79%!

The amazing results of our recent public opinion survey on same-sex marriage tell of an increasingly liberal Jewish Israeli public, even as the political scene becomes nastier, less tolerant, and less inclusive. We are proud that Hiddush’s data raises tremendous interest around the world, as you can see by the broad media coverage that our survey received.

Support for same-sex marriage/civil unions - record high of 79%!

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The "Calamity of Israel's Independence"

The recent Hiddush survey for Yom Ha'Atzmaut indicates that most of the public aspires to fully realize the Declaration of Independence's promise of freedom of religion and equality for all, rejects the politicization of these fundamental issues, and trusts the Supreme Court.

The "Calamity of Israel's Independence"

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Supreme Court: Tel Aviv shops may open on Shabbat

Israel's High Court of Justice ruled in favor of Tel Aviv’s battle to expand facilities open to the secular public on Shabbat, saying that the municipality can permit mini-markets to operate on the Jewish day of rest.

Supreme Court: Tel Aviv shops may open on Shabbat

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Israel's growing Religion & State frictions

Israel's Supreme Court has handed down two decisions that demonstrate the critical importance of an independent civil judiciary, but the Government Coalition continues to capitulate to the ultra-Orthodox political parties.

Israel's growing Religion & State frictions

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Theocratic rejection of Israel's civil judiciary

The Prime Minister must either stop the incitement against non-Orthodox Judaism from within his own government or sever his political alliance with those who wage war against world Jewry and block Netanyhu's own public commitment to ensure that all Jews feel at home in Israel.

Theocratic rejection of Israel's civil judiciary

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90% dissatisfied with Israeli rabbinical courts' dealings with Agunot

90% of the adult Jewish public is dissatisfied with the Israeli Rabbinical Courts' way of dealing with Agunot and women whose husbands refuse to grant them divorces.

90% dissatisfied with Israeli rabbinical courts' dealings with Agunot

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Chief Rabbi Yosef attacks Israel's civil courts

Last week at a national rabbinic conference, Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef declared that rabbis should warn the Israeli public that in the event of legal disputes, they should take their cases to the rabbinical courts, rather than to Israel's civil courts.

Chief Rabbi Yosef attacks Israel's civil courts

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Shocking Rabbinic Court ruling regarding a battered wife

Last week, we saw one of the most shocking and deplorable examples of why this authority should urgently be withdrawn.

Shocking Rabbinic Court ruling regarding a battered wife

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78% Israeli public: Let businesses run on Shabbat!

It is anticipated that on Sunday the cabinet will be presented with ultra-Orthodox demands to entrust the decision regarding the municipal ordinance to Shas's leader Interior Minister Rabbi Arye Deri.

78% Israeli public: Let businesses run on Shabbat!

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Supreme Court cases & the religion-state divide

This week, our newsletter focuses on a number of petitions before the Supreme Court, which touch upon different aspects of the unholy alliance of religion and state in Israel.

Supreme Court cases & the religion-state divide

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