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Religion & State was front and center at the 2017 General Assembly

Religion & State was front and center at the 2017 General Assembly

The religion-state stew is clearly boiling. This week, the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America convened in Los Angeles, and these challenges were front and center.


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The reviews began, the number of kollel students shrank

The reviews began, the number of kollel students shrank

Tightening supervision of yeshivas led within two months to a drop of 6.5% in the number of registered students. Rabbi Uri Regev: The increase in oversight reviews initiated by the finance and education ministries is sacred work

Anti-secular MK to be reinstated

Anti-secular MK to be reinstated

A former Knesset member who once called seculars "a generation of people who look like beasts and behave like two-legged animals" is to be sworn in again Monday

High Court debates Tal Law

High Court debates Tal Law

Statistics on haredi enlistment leave justices unimpressed

Women Have Right To Choose Bus Seat

Women Have Right To Choose Bus Seat

The Hiddush organization for religious freedom and equality expressed similar sentiments to the Masorti movement, saying in a statement that "the Supreme Court's decision means that sexual harassment of women in the mehadrin lines will continue."

Knesset Approves Reading Of Housing Laws

Knesset Approves Reading Of Housing Laws

Regev,"under the guise of a social law, the haredi parties are trying to pass a law to give 'free mortgages to Yeshiva students.'"

No Increase In Oversight of Yeshivas

No Increase In Oversight of Yeshivas

Education minister promised half a year ago to beef up supervision at haredi schools, but nothing was done. No sign of new inspectors for the independent school networks

Hiddush: High cost of Haredi support

Hiddush: High cost of Haredi support

A review by Hiddush – Religious Freedom for Israel has found that the government added more than a billion shekels to items that haredi parties hold dear

Regev: Hoffman’s arrest – a black day for democracy

Regev: Hoffman’s arrest – a black day for democracy

The chairwoman of Women of the Wall was taken in for police questioning after holding a prayer minyan at the start of the Jewish month of Tevet

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