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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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Hiddush's 2016 findings and data on marriage

In the past year, Hiddush focused on the battle for marriage freedom in Israel as our leading cause, conducting a comprehensive series of surveys and studies that highlighted a clear trend: the Israeli Jewish public supports marriage freedom.

Hiddush's 2016 findings and data on marriage

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The gap between public will and Government policy

This present analysis presents you with the gap between the Coalition parties (who claim to represent the "will of the people") and their very own voters.

The gap between public will and Government policy

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‘Tzviut’ – not ‘tzniut’! (Hypocrisy, not modesty)

A key focus of Hiddush's work is gender equality. It occupies much of our advocacy efforts and here we highlight extreme manifestations of the extent of women's exclusion in mainstream sectors of ultra-Orthodox society and media.

‘Tzviut’ – not ‘tzniut’! (Hypocrisy, not modesty)

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Knesset Internal Affairs Committee Chair stoops even lower!

MK David Amsalem, a senior member of Netanyahu's Likud party, in his official capacity as Chairman of the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee, attempted to sabotage the agreement because it offends his religious sentiments.

Knesset Internal Affairs Committee Chair stoops even lower!

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Orthodox Rabbis Support Egalitarian Kotel Section

Hiddush's review of the comments regarding the Western Wall made by the Prime Minister, the Speaker of the Knesset, and the Head of the Opposition teaches us much about how Israel's political leadership prefers to deal with crises in relations to the Diaspora: it's called "Damage Control."

Orthodox Rabbis Support Egalitarian Kotel Section

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Views of the Zionist Orthodox Community

In this issue, we dig down into two critical issues explored in the 2016 Index: The Israeli public's increasing support for marriage freedom, and the Zionist Orthodox community's views on religion & state matters

Views of the Zionist Orthodox Community

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The 2016 Israel Religion & State Index

Increased support for religious freedom and equality; increased opposition to governmental policies

The 2016 Israel Religion & State Index

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AJC-JPost pluralism survey of USA and Israeli Jews

A significant development in the arena of religion and state is a recent study conducted by the Jerusalem Post and the AJC, which was published last Friday. Hiddush analysis of the report is available here.

AJC-JPost pluralism survey of USA and Israeli Jews

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The number of unmarried couples living together up by 29%

Figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics reveal the rise in the number of unmarried couples living together. Ironically, the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly is undermining the institution of family in Israel!

The number of unmarried couples living together up by 29%

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3/4 Israelis would prefer egalitarian wedding ceremonies

74% of Israeli Jews would prefer to have egalitarian wedding ceremonies for themselves or their children, including an egalitarian exchange of wedding rings and an egalitarian Jewish marriage contract.

3/4 Israelis would prefer egalitarian wedding ceremonies

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JPost to Israeli leadership: stop alienating Diaspora!

The Jerusalem Post's new editor, Yaakov Katz, wrote a powerful editorial under his own name, urging Israel's rabbinic and political leadership to stop alienating Diaspora Jewry.

JPost to Israeli leadership: stop alienating Diaspora!

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An open letter to Natan Sharansky

As praiseworthy as Mr. Sharansky's solidarity with Rabbi Lookstein was at the demonstration and in the media, it is high time for the Jewish Agency's leader to consider that a more inclusive step is necessary.

An open letter to Natan Sharansky

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Who is a Jew? Direct impact on Diaspora Jewry!

Even mainstream, renowned American Orthodox rabbis like Rabbi Haskel Lookstein are not "frum" enough for Israel's rabbinic establishment, which enjoys total control over major areas of Jewish life in the Jewish State!

Who is a Jew? Direct impact on Diaspora Jewry!

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