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Money laundering in the ultra-Orthodox world

Both in Israel and in the USA, money laundering is a common phenomenon in the ultra-Orthodox community. Just as MK Rabbi Gafni fought tooth and nail to protect ultra-Orthodox free loan societies from oversight, so too did the American ultra-Orthodox community lobby for the 2018 prison reform law passed by the US Congress and signed by President Trump.

Money laundering in the ultra-Orthodox world

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Haredi employment is down; Haredi poverty is up

The Chief Rabbinate has finally heeded, under threat of litigation, Hiddush's demands regarding their excessive kashrut dictates.

Haredi employment is down; Haredi poverty is up

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Rabbis issue statement: abolish Chief Rabbinate!

As rabbis representing the full spectrum of Jewish denominational life, we no longer expect any flexibility, decency or inclusiveness from a body controlled by a monopoly that represents such a small, fundamentalist sliver of the Jewish rainbow.

Rabbis issue statement: abolish Chief Rabbinate!

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Shaked won: The Jewish has beaten the democratic

The Israeli media has recently been discussing a new ruling by the Supreme Court, in which the Court approved the decision of the Rabbinical Courts regarding the ownership of a residence shared by a couple who are currently going through divorce proceedings.

Shaked won: The Jewish has beaten the democratic

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21 MKs respond to Pittsburgh- “Time for Equality”

At the initiative of the Israeli Reform and Masorti movements, together with several MKs, a meeting was called on November 7, 2018. The goal was to strengthen Israel-Diaspora ties, advance religious tolerance, and recognize all streams of Judaism.

21 MKs respond to Pittsburgh- “Time for Equality”

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It’s time for American Jewry to speak up and act!

A few days ago PM Netanyahu, in NY to deliver a forceful speech at the UN and meet with world leaders, also met with a small group of top level American Jewish leaders.

It’s time for American Jewry to speak up and act!

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A Revolutionary Conversion Ruling?

In a few days, as the Knesset returns from its summer recess, we should all be expecting the resurgence of the "Who is a Jew" battle.

A Revolutionary Conversion Ruling?

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2018 Israel Religion & State Index just released!

68% support Diaspora Jewish involvement in advancing freedom of religion and equality in Israel

2018 Israel Religion & State Index just released!

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84% want to enshrine the principle of equality into a Constitutional Law

Contrary to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s refusal – 84% of the public wants to anchor the principle of equality into a Constitutional Law. Also: parties that herald giving the Declaration of Independence constitutional force would receive additional public support.

84% want to enshrine the principle of equality into a Constitutional Law

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Hiddush blocks Chief Rabbi's conflict of interest

This week, Hiddush received a statement from the Office of the Attorney General, confirming that our request had been received and that detailed instructions had been given to the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, regarding the official restrictions imposed upon him in his handling of kashrut issues due to a conflict of interest.

Hiddush blocks Chief Rabbi's conflict of interest

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Religion-state facets of the Nation-state bill

The Nation-state Law has captured the headlines for quite some time now, culminating in its adoption by the Knesset yesterday. There are a number of facets to this bill, which should be highlighted as far as matters of religion-state and Israel-Diaspora relations are concerned.

Religion-state facets of the Nation-state bill

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Draft controversy renews pressure to muzzle Court

Drafting Haredi yeshiva students is an ages-old controversy, which is reignited every few years, stirring up the political arena. The new challenge that has emerged, as was the case in the past, has come from the Supreme Court.

Draft controversy renews pressure to muzzle Court

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The Lesson For Diaspora Jews In Israel’s Deplorable Conversion Law

The best that can be said about the proposed State Conversion Bill is that it is destined to be thrown away into the waste bin that Israeli politics has designated for the recommendations of committees appointed mostly to put out political fires.

The Lesson For Diaspora Jews In Israel’s Deplorable Conversion Law

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Likud Minister fed up with Haredi ultimatums

Our readers have come to expect Hiddush underscoring the unacceptability of ultra-Orthodox political shenanigans, extortion and coercion. However, this week, we heard comparable sentiments expressed by a leading Government Coalition member - Likud Minister Akunis.

Likud Minister fed up with Haredi ultimatums

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