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Israeli democracy under fire

Hiddush unearths ultra-Orthodox bill to increase stipends for non-working yeshiva students. The sad thing is - neither MKs from the coalition nor MKs from the opposition spoke out against this publicly. That role fell upon Hiddush once again.

Israeli democracy under fire

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Chief Rabbinate perverting Sukkot with religious bigotry

One year ago, Chief Rabbi Lau preached to the Pope during his visit to Israel, proclaiming Israel's greatness in protection of religious freedom, and now he himself aimed to curtail Christian pilgrim prayer services in the Jerusalem Arena.

Chief Rabbinate perverting Sukkot with religious bigotry

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Hot off the press: the 2015 Israel Religion & State Index

Hiddush is pleased to present the findings of the 2015 Israel Religion and State Index. The good news, illuminated by the Index, is the continually increasing Israeli public support for freedom of religion and equality of burden.

Hot off the press: the 2015 Israel Religion & State Index

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State budget: More $$ for religious institutions

The state budget for yeshivas is expected to grow by 419 million shekels, an increase of some 75%! This is a clear blow to the heart of Israel’s future, and a slap in the voters' faces.

State budget: More $$ for religious institutions

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Hiddush featured by The Times of Israel

Hiddush's promising Supreme Court case was featured by the Times of Israel in July. Read about this, as well as Hiddush's analysis of how Israelis from the Former Soviet Union think about matters of religion and state.

Hiddush featured by The Times of Israel

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Hiddush Battles religious coercion at High Court

Last week, at a Supreme Court hearing for a petition submitted by Hiddush representing ourselves and an ultra-Orthodox citizen of the ultra-Orthodox city of Elad, the Justices set the stage for a critically important confrontation over the clash of religion and state in Israel.

Hiddush Battles religious coercion at High Court

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Sacrificing Israel's economy at the altar of politics

A new Finance Ministry report determined that the Israeli government's policies, particularly as illustrated in the 2015 coalition agreements that Hiddush analyzed, are leading Israel surely into economic bankruptcy.

Sacrificing Israel's economy at the altar of politics

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How do coalition agreements impact religion & state?

Hiddush's thorough analysis of the 2015 coalition agreement clauses on matters of religion & state is now available!

How do coalition agreements impact religion & state?

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Hiddush Analysis: Coalition agreement with UTJ

Coalition agreements were signed last night between the Likud and United Torah Judaism, and Kulanu, the party of Moshe Kahlon. Netanyahu’s deadline to form his government is imminent.

Hiddush Analysis: Coalition agreement with UTJ

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Religion & State: Progress & Challenges

Often, we are asked, "why is it, if the majority of Israelis feel this way, that the body politic does not heed them?"

Religion & State: Progress & Challenges

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Legal violations before elections: Hiddush Acts!

With the pending March 2015 elections, we at Hiddush find ourselves the only "warriors" trying to stem the flood of religious manipulation and corruption for political gain.

Legal violations before elections: Hiddush Acts!

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Gathering Forces before the Elections

The elections are more than three months away, but the religious parties are already milking the government for all it's worth. And on top of that, rabbis are calling upon the Chief Rabbinate to support excommunication notices for those who turn to the civil courts.

Gathering Forces before the Elections

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USA Jews donate to Bibi's political campaign

In advance of the March 17th elections, Hiddush has turned to Justice Joubran, the Chair of the Central Elections Commission, urging him to take a strong stand against the ultra-Orthodox parties' manipulation of voters' religious beliefs... enough corruption already!

USA Jews donate to Bibi's political campaign

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Voters Respond: Ultra-Orthodox Parties - in or out?

Our most recent poll indicates that 62% of voters do not want either of the ultra-Orthodox parties in the next government coalition, and 74% do not want to increase funding for yeshivas. But the big question is - who will the undecided voters choose on March 17?

Voters Respond: Ultra-Orthodox Parties - in or out?

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Giving Tuesday: Give Israel a Chance

Netanyahu dissolved his government coalition and called for new elections in March 2014. His likely partners in the next coalition will be the ultra-Orthodox parties. Still, two-thirds of Israelis oppose this unholy union. Please support Hiddush so that we can continue the urgent fight for religious freedom.

Giving Tuesday: Give Israel a Chance

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