Search results for tag " Conversion"

  • Conversion bill to reject all conversions outside of Israel's Rabbinate
    Written by Uri Regev on 18/05/2017
    A measure submitted earlier this month by the Interior Ministry led by Rabbi Aryeh Deri, head of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, is a blatant effort to circumvent a March 2016 Supreme Court ruling that allowed those undergoing private Orthodox conversions in Israel to become citizens under the Law of Return.

  • Committee to determine criteria for recognizing Orthodox Diaspora rabbis
    Written by on 14/12/2016
    The Council of the Chief Rabbinate and the rabbinical judges of the Supreme Rabbinical Court convened Wednesday and established a joint committee to draft criteria for recognizing the weddings, divorces and conversions of rabbis in the Diaspora.

  • An open letter to Natan Sharansky
    Written by Uri Regev on 16/07/2016
    Mr. Sharansky, you praised the rabbinate for “connecting the Jewish state with Judaism.” Sadly, you are wrong, for the monopolistic and coercive rabbinate is alienating Israeli Jews from Judaism.

  • Israeli religious court goes off the deep end
    Written by on 13/07/2016
    Why would a rabbinic court in the world’s only Jewish state do something that would blatantly turn off most of the world’s Jews?

  • Rabbi Haskel Lookstein's degrading experience
    Written by Uri Regev on 30/06/2016
    If we needed any further reminder that the issue of "Who is a Jew" hits directly home in North America, the recent news regarding the refusal of the Israeli Rabbinic courts to accept Rabbi Haskel Lookstein's conversions is the most recent case in point.

  • Landmark conversions ruling is a victory for religious freedom in Israel
    Written by Uri Regev on 10/04/2016
    The Israeli Supreme Court’s recent landmark ruling on conversion represents another blow to the Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s monopoly on religious affairs; it strengthens a pluralistic approach to Judaism; and it upholds the principles of religious freedom and the rule of law.

  • 2015 Religion and State Index
    Written by on 16/09/2015
    The good news, illuminated by the 2015 Israel Religion & State Index, is the continually increasing Israeli public support for freedom of religion and equality of burden. The bad news is the gaping divide between the public’s will on matters of religion and state and the Government’s coalition agreements.

  • 2015 Religion & State Index - support for religious freedom rises
    Written by on 16/09/2015
    The good news, illuminated by the 2015 Israel Religion & State Index, is the continually increasing Israeli public support for freedom of religion and equality of burden. The bad news is the gaping divide between the public’s will on matters of religion and state and the Government’s coalition agreements.

  • Conversion – Time to go beyond the rhetoric
    Written by Uri Regev on 13/08/2015
    The leader of the Tzohar rabbinical organization, Rabbi David Stav, and his colleagues threw a shock grenade into the volatile religion/state arena this week.

  • MK Stern's Conversion Proposal will extend and strengthen the Orthodox conversion monopoly
    Written by on 19/03/2014
    Hiddush's criticism of the latest law proposal to reform Israel's conversion system is joined by unlikely choir of varying vantage points.

  • Rabbi Uri Regev at LimmudNY 2014: Who is a Jew?
    Written by on 16/03/2014
    Rabbi Uri Regev speaks at the 2014 LimmudNY Conference on the hot question of "Who is a Jew?"

  • Professor Aharon Barak: Israel must civilly recognize non-Orthodox converts as Jewish
    Written by on 14/01/2014
    While serving as Israeli Supreme Court Chief Justice, Professor Barak argued in favor of recognizing non-Orthodox converts as Jews, a precedent which has paved the way for other positive steps for religious pluralism in Israel.

  • A rapidly growing number of Israelis support Jewish pluralism and equality in Israel
    Written by on 10/09/2013
    The 2013 Religion and State Index look at the standing of Reform and Conservative Judaism in Israel for the first time. The results were surprisingly optimistic and show that more and more Israelis see the need to recognize all major Jewish denominations.

  • Religion and State Update from the Knesset
    Written by on 23/06/2013
    Progress for freedom of religion in the Knesset

  • In Israel, no such thing as a civil marriage
    Written by on 12/06/2013
    Hundreds of thousands of Israelis ineligible to wed. 'Getting married is a basic right that every citizen should have,' says non-Jewish woman who immigrated to Israel from Ukraine

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