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What does it mean to be a "Jewish" State?

Minister of Culture Miri Regev (no relation), who is responsible for the official celebrations, invited the public to sign on to the country’s Declaration of Independence. Are she and her colleagues in the Knesset truly committed to its principles, particularly to the commitment to inclusion and diversity…or is this just another PR stunt?

What does it mean to be a "Jewish" State?

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Passover: Today's battle for religious freedom

Last week, Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef, explained a point of ritual by likening a black child born to white parents to a “monkey.” Immediately following the publication of his racist remarks, a storm erupted. It was widely broadcast, including by JTA, Newsweek and the Palestinian media.

Passover: Today's battle for religious freedom

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79% Israelis anti Haredi draft-dodging legislation

A new survey reveals how strongly the Israeli public is opposed to the demand of the ultra-Orthodox parties to pass a new 'Basic Law: Torah study', as well as an amendment to the Defense Service Law to legalize the continued draft dodging of most yeshiva students.

79% Israelis anti Haredi draft-dodging legislation

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Is the Tzohar organization promoting pluralism?

The Zionist Orthodox Tzohar rabbinic organization announced that it is launching a kosher supervising entity that will compete with the Chief Rabbinate.

Is the Tzohar organization promoting pluralism?

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Thanks to Hiddush - a serious loophole closed

The Just this week, on Tuesday, following Hiddush's petition, the Knesset approved regulations that would, for the first time, put a halt to the mass phenomenon of false claims of religiosity aimed at receiving exemptions from military service.

Thanks to Hiddush - a serious loophole closed

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Rabbis are undermining the foundations of the State

Defense Minister Liberman reacted to recent public pronouncements of leading Israeli rabbis from the "Zionist ultra-Orthodox" camp that were aimed against women's military service.

Rabbis are undermining the foundations of the State

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Are American Jews obsessed with the Kotel?

At this time, we want to share with you an important exposition of the debate over the place of the Kotel controversy in the American Jewish public discourse and American Jewry's efforts at influencing Israeli policies.

Are American Jews obsessed with the Kotel?

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Shabbat wars flare up at the Knesset

The approaching vote over the “Market’s Bill”, labeled by the public as a “Shabbat Bill” is representative of the mounting public and political debate over the clash of religion and state.

Shabbat wars flare up at the Knesset

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Hiddush: Ending fraudulent IDF religious exemption

Six years after the enactment of an amendment to the Security Service Law to establish a process for revoking thousands of women's exemptions for falsely claiming to having religious lifestyles that conflict with IDF service, the law has remained a dead letter. The prerequisite regulations have not been enacted, and the amendment could not be implemented.

Hiddush: Ending fraudulent IDF religious exemption

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Which institutions do Israelis trust?

This week, the annual Israel Democracy Index was published by the Israel Democracy Institute, underlining that Israelis harbor deep distrust for their politicians, the media, and the Chief Rabbinate but are generally favorably inclined toward the courts and presidency.

Which institutions do Israelis trust?

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Taub Center Report: Israel's Haredim in Higher Education

A recent report by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel sheds light on another important dimension of the official statistics on Haredim in Higher Education that are so frequently cited by government officials.

Taub Center Report: Israel's Haredim in Higher Education

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Scandal: Chief Rabbi Yosef of Holon convicted

In the last couple days, a new chapter was added to the never ending saga of Israeli religious leaders who view the law as merely a suggestion. Whether for personal benefit or political opportunism, they do not hesitate to deviate from law and common norms.

Scandal: Chief Rabbi Yosef of Holon convicted

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The Kotel controversy - Uri Regev's perspective

Many are following the twists and turns of the Kotel controversy with great interest and often anxiety. While grateful to the Jewish Week for featuring my take on the current state of the controversy, Uri feel that further contextualization is needed.

The Kotel controversy - Uri Regev's perspective

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The religion-state aspects of Israel's Nation-state bill

Next week the Knesset Special Committee on the Nation-State Bill (formally, 'Basic Law: Israel - The Nation-State of the Jewish People') will be deliberating on the revised draft bill, which was initiated by fourteen MKs from the Likud, Jewish Home, Yisrael Beiteinu, and Kulanu parties.

The religion-state aspects of Israel's Nation-state bill

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Hiddush scores victory in Jerusalem district court

Hiddush just scored a victory in the Jerusalem District Court in a freedom-of-information case, involving a huge amount of governmental grant monies, exceeding one hundred million NIS, provided to mostly Orthodox religious outreach organizations

Hiddush scores victory in Jerusalem district court

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