Search results for tag " Orthodox"

  • 79% Israelis oppose laws to legalize draft dodging by yeshiva students
    Written by on 05/03/2018
    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.

  • Comprehensive interview with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin in Israeli media
    Written by Uri Regev on 29/08/2017
    A recent detailed interview with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin appeared in the original Hebrew in Makor Rishon, with select paragraphs translated into English below.

  • 2016 Religion & State Index: the Zionist Orthodox sector
    Written by on 14/10/2016
    Should Israeli actualize freedom of religion and conscience? - 95% of Zionist Orthodox moderates support this, as do 62% of mainstream Orthodox Zionists and 53% of Zionist ultra-Orthodox Israelis. The Index reflects the Government's total disregard for the public's will, but shows signs of hope within the moderate Zionist Orthodox community.

  • 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.

  • Separate but equal in Israel? Why should this be considered okay?
    Written by Uri Regev on 16/06/2016
    Serious questions should arise, regarding the ongoing challenge of equal rights and access for the non-Orthodox movements Israel, which continues to follow the path of this unconstitutional principle of "separate but equal."

  • 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.

  • Religious politicians abuse their authority
    Written by Uri Regev on 28/01/2016
    The Education Ministry has frozen budgeted funds for non-Orthodox and secular education initiatives. The religious politicians abuse their authority, and pour millions into one-sided brainwashing efforts. It’s time for Israeli and Diaspora leaderships to declare: Judaism, pluralism, Jewish Peoplehood and democracy are too important to be left at the mercy of sectarian interests,

  • 76% of Israeli Jews oppose new conscription law
    Written by on 26/11/2015
    Israel’s politicians have deliberately chosen to pursue legislation which is not only immoral but also unconstitutional, having been struck out twice already by the Supreme Court. The question, though, is how long it will take the Supreme Court to rule that this most recent amendment is illegal as well. Our politicians may be counting on this very fact: the wheels of justice grind slowly…

  • 76% of Israeli Jews oppose new conscription law
    Written by Uri Regev on 26/11/2015
    Israel’s politicians have deliberately chosen to pursue legislation which is not only immoral but also unconstitutional, having been struck out twice already by the Supreme Court. The question, though, is how long it will take the Supreme Court to rule that this most recent amendment is illegal as well. Our politicians may be counting on this very fact: the wheels of justice grind slowly…

  • A threatening hint: deleting women from the public sphere
    Written by on 14/06/2015
    We are once again reminded of the deleterious impact of religious fundamentalism on gender equality. We come back to this phenomenon because its seriousness is compounded by the fact that these aberrations often represent major segments of Israel’s body politic, which have now returned to the front of the political stage.

  • Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality discusses ultra-Orthodox women's health
    Written by on 20/11/2014
    According to MK Aliza Lavie's words, health conditions among ultra-Orthodox women are the lowest in Israel society, and there are barriers denying them access to treatment and reducing their awareness of health issues.

  • Report Challenges the Numbers that Show Increased Chareidi Enlistment in the IDF
    Written by on 10/09/2014
    Yeshiva World News covers Hiddush's report on plummeting haredi enlistment rates

  • Hiddush report exposes Israeli government's misleading claims about ultra-Orthodox enlistment to the IDF
    Written by on 08/09/2014
    Contrary to the claims of Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Peri, Hiddush's report demonstrates that the number of IDF recruits plummeted by close to 50% in the first half of 2014.

  • Rabbi Elli Fischer: Not All Orthodox Rabbis Oppose Civil Marriage In Israel
    Written by on 01/07/2014
    Freedom of marriage in Israel is an issue for anyone who believes in the future of Israel's Jewish and democratic identity.

  • Reuven Rivlin called Reform Judaism 'idol worship'
    Written by on 27/05/2014
    Israeli presidential candidate's 1989 visit to an American Reform synagogue was marked by his disrespectful statements about non-Orthodoxy Jewry.

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