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Secular military funerals permitted for first time ever

Secular military funerals permitted for first time ever

Following Hiddush's demands: the IDF regulations regarding the burial of fallen soldiers have been changed. It is now possible to hold a military funeral without religious contents in a military cemetery and - secular military funerals in civil cemeteries.


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Hiddush Releases 2014 Israel Religion and State Index; Strong desire for involvement of world Jewry in efforts for freedom of marriage

Hiddush Releases 2014 Israel Religion and State Index; Strong desire for involvement of world Jewry in efforts for freedom of marriage

Public support for freedom of religion and equality in Israel is rapidly growing. The vast majority of Israeli Jews support joint efforts between Israel and world Jewry for freedom of marriage in Israel.

Hiddush report exposes Israeli government's misleading claims about ultra-Orthodox enlistment to the IDF

Hiddush report exposes Israeli government's misleading claims about ultra-Orthodox enlistment to the IDF

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.

Hiddush analysis shows Israelis are increasingly marrying abroad to avoid Chief Rabbinate monopoly

Hiddush analysis shows Israelis are increasingly marrying abroad to avoid Chief Rabbinate monopoly

Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics recently published select data on marriages of Israelis in Israel and abroad. The Chief Rabbinate was quick to declare that the data proves that 96% of Israeli Jews marry through them. Hiddush's analysis of the data shows the full picture.

Hiddush's research and advocacy results in greater female representation in Israel's religious establishment

Hiddush's research and advocacy results in greater female representation in Israel's religious establishment

Hiddush's consistent efforts to implement gender equality in Israel's religious establishment and surrounding research have begun to pay off.

Join Hiddush in celebrating the Festival of Freedom!

Join Hiddush in celebrating the Festival of Freedom!

Hiddush is pleased to offer our friends and followers the 2014 Passover Supplement. This year, we renew the call for freedom of marriage and divorce in Israel for Israelis and all world Jewry!

Rabbi Uri Regev calls on Minister Lapid to keep tabs on Rabbi Pinto's earnings

Rabbi Uri Regev calls on Minister Lapid to keep tabs on Rabbi Pinto's earnings

Hiddush CEO calls on Israeli Finance Minister to increase supervision over funds flowing into the pockets of "Rabbis of the Stars" to prevent further criminal actions.

Forced to marry abroad: A personal perspective on Israel's marriage crisis

Forced to marry abroad: A personal perspective on Israel's marriage crisis

The lack of civil marriage and recongition of non-Orthodox marriage leaves hundreds of thousands of Israelis without any option to actualize their basic right to marriage. Millions more are forced to partake in a ceremony incongruent with their beliefs.

"Israeli public schools will be able to choose non-Orthodox rabbis and lecturers to serve as Jewish educators for their students"

Hiddush reminds Education Minister Shai Piron of his commitment to Jewish pluralism to ensure public secular schools have a free choice in hiring Jewish educators

Hiddush calls for prevention of peyot-shaving incidents in the IDF

Hiddush calls for prevention of peyot-shaving incidents in the IDF

Push for standardized notification of right to grow side locks comes after at least two haredi soldiers complained in recent months that IDF barbers had shaved their peyot.

Professor Aharon Barak: Israel's marriage laws are a clear violation of basic human rights

Professor Aharon Barak: Israel's marriage laws are a clear violation of basic human rights

Hiddush publishes excerpts from the former Israeli Supreme Court Chief Justice's forthcoming book on human dignity and constitutional rights. Professor Barak emphasizes that the Israel's marriage laws constitute a clear infringement of basic constitutional rights.

The battle against illegal religious campaign tactics in Israel's municipal elections

The battle against illegal religious campaign tactics in Israel's municipal elections

Hiddush has filed complaints against several ultra-Orthodox parties and institutions for illegally using religious methods as a means to secure votes in the 2013 municipal elections.

Hiddush takes a formative role in drafting the Equality in Sharing the Burden law

Hiddush takes a formative role in drafting the Equality in Sharing the Burden law

Hiddush's recommendations for the ultra-Orthodox draft law are actively being used by MK Ayelet Shaked and the committee tasked with drafting the Equality in Sharing the Burden law.

Hiddush releases 2013 Religion and State Index; increased support for freedom of marriage and Jewish pluralism

Hiddush releases 2013 Religion and State Index; increased support for freedom of marriage and Jewish pluralism

In the fifth consecutive Religion and State Index, there is a noticeable rise in support for non-Orthodox marriages and conversions. A majority of Israelis support equal recognition of Reform and Conservative Rabbis.

Hiddush petitions to the Supreme Court against rabbinical courts' excommunication practices

Hiddush petitions to the Supreme Court against rabbinical courts' excommunication practices

In a landmark case, Hiddush petitioned to the Israeli Supreme Court on behalf of an ultra-Orthodox resident of Elad to annul the writ of refusal issued by a rabbinical court for filing a case in Israel's civil courts.

In Hiddush's Freedom of Marriage World Map, Israel receives

In Hiddush's Freedom of Marriage World Map, Israel receives "0" for religious monopoly and severe restrictions on marriage.

45 countries, including Israel, received a grade of "0" due to severe restrictions on freedom of marriage. Hiddush CEO Rabbi Uri Regev: We cannot miss this historic opportunity for freedom of marriage in Israel.

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