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Religious extremism emanating from Israel

Religious extremism emanating from Israel

Not content to exert their influence within the Haredi community, fundamentalist religious leaders and their sponsors have taken to attacking the Modern Orthodoxy community, which extols the virtues of Torah together with modernity and secular education.


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Reserve combat soldier returns from war protesting that he cannot marry his fiancée because of Orthodox marriage monopoly

Reserve combat soldier returns from war protesting that he cannot marry his fiancée because of Orthodox marriage monopoly

Yet another heartbreaking story about an Israeli couple unable to marry in Israel because of the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate's monopoly on marriage. The answer is simple: freedom of marriage!

Religion's pervasive role in Operation Protective Edge

Religion's pervasive role in Operation Protective Edge

Operation Protective Edge was accompanied by several occurences that signify opportunities for progress as well as serious challenges that must be addressed.

Is Tel Aviv still known for its draft-dodgers? It's worth a re-examination

Is Tel Aviv still known for its draft-dodgers? It's worth a re-examination

Once known for its allegedly low enlistment rates, Tel Aviv high school graduates have one of the highest IDF draft levels in Israel.

Hiddush expresses fury over gender-segregated shelters at rabbinical court

Hiddush expresses fury over gender-segregated shelters at rabbinical court

Gender segregation in the bomb shelter of an Ashdod Rabbinical Court building is a potentially fatal reminder of the need to criminalize the exclusion of women in the public sector.

Interior Minister Gideon Saar jeopardizes accessibility to Tel Aviv convenience stores on Shabbat

Interior Minister Gideon Saar jeopardizes accessibility to Tel Aviv convenience stores on Shabbat

Interior Minister nixes amendment that would allow small markets and convenience stores to operate on Shabbat in Tel Aviv. Hiddush CEO Rabbi Uri Regev wonders if this is a move for ultra-Orthodox political support.

Hiddush slams Shas leader's attack on women's higher education

Hiddush slams Shas leader's attack on women's higher education

Rabbi Shalom Cohen, Shas's new spiritual leader wrote a letter which forbids women from entering academic studies. Hiddush foresees a split in the Sephardic ultra-Orthodox party.

Finance Minister Yair Lapid: Israel cannot be the only western country without religious freedom

Finance Minister Yair Lapid: Israel cannot be the only western country without religious freedom

The Israeli Finance Minister spoke at the Israeli Reform Movement's 50th Anniversary and renewed his commitment to religious freedom and denominational equality.

The Israeli government's plan for the Room of the Last Supper sets a new paradigm for inter-religious harmony

The Israeli government's plan for the Room of the Last Supper sets a new paradigm for inter-religious harmony

Despite protests from fundamentalist religious groups, this decision could have a positive impact on interfaith relations in Israel.

Hiddush's advocacy efforts result in historic success for gender equality in Israel's religious councils

Hiddush's advocacy efforts result in historic success for gender equality in Israel's religious councils

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MK Stern's Conversion Proposal will extend and strengthen the Orthodox conversion monopoly

MK Stern's Conversion Proposal will extend and strengthen the Orthodox conversion monopoly

Hiddush's criticism of the latest law proposal to reform Israel's conversion system is joined by unlikely choir of varying vantage points.

Hiddush releases guide to the Equality in Sharing the Burden Law: Nothing but defects and exemptions

Hiddush releases guide to the Equality in Sharing the Burden Law: Nothing but defects and exemptions

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Hiddush report demonstrates dire need to close the gender gap in Israel's religious councils

Hiddush report demonstrates dire need to close the gender gap in Israel's religious councils

Hiddush CEO Rabbi Uri Regev turned to the Ministry of Religious Services to emphasize the need for proper implementation of gender equality in Israel's religious establishment

Hiddush heads the opposition against recognizing Chabad's emissary work as Israeli national service

Hiddush heads the opposition against recognizing Chabad's emissary work as Israeli national service

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Unfolding circumcision controversy makes the case for civil marriage and divorce in Israel

Unfolding circumcision controversy makes the case for civil marriage and divorce in Israel

In light of the recent developments in Israel's circumcision controversy, Hiddush CEO Rabbi Uri Regev points out that this dispute could be easily handled outside of the rabbinical courts if civil marriage and divorce were allowed for Israelis.

Prime Minister Netanyahu promises 'audacious hospitality' to American Jewry, but how serious is he?

Prime Minister Netanyahu promises 'audacious hospitality' to American Jewry, but how serious is he?

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