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A Haredi Supreme Court Judge - What does that really mean?

A Haredi Supreme Court Judge - What does that really mean?

There is therefore need for further thinking as to the prerequisites for serving in the state’s judicial institutions in general, and the Supreme Court in particular.


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80% of secular Israeli Jews prefer not to get married via Orthodox Rabbinate

80% of secular Israeli Jews prefer not to get married via Orthodox Rabbinate

The consistent rise in the number of Israeli Jews who would have preferred to marry outside the Orthodox Rabbinate has been monitored in Hiddush’s multi-year polling on freedom of marriage.

Overwhelming majority of voters STILL want Ultra-Orthodox Parties out of coalition

Overwhelming majority of voters STILL want Ultra-Orthodox Parties out of coalition

According to a March 24 poll conducted by Rafi Smith Polling Institute for Hiddush – Freedom of Religion in Israel, 62% of Israelis support a government without the ultra-Orthodox parties; 87% prefer that control of the Knesset Finance Committee be given to Kulanu, rather than United Torah Judaism (UTJ).

The Rabbinate’s animosity toward Christianity

The Rabbinate’s animosity toward Christianity

International acceptance and global Jewish support for Israel as both a Jewish and democratic state must be founded upon respect for all faiths and an embrace of Jewish diversity.

Overwhelming majority of voters want Ultra-Orthodox Parties out of coalition

Overwhelming majority of voters want Ultra-Orthodox Parties out of coalition

According to a December 3 poll, 62% of Israeli voters do not want the ultra-Orthodox parties in the next government, and 74% do not want to increase public funding for yeshivas. But most importantly: how will the undecided voters sway the upcoming March 17 elections?

Values we should expect from the chief rabbis of Jerusalem

Values we should expect from the chief rabbis of Jerusalem

There is grave concern that instead of the necessary attributes for those fit to serve as Jerusalem’s chief rabbis, the selection will instead be based upon political deals and ulterior motives.

Christian intolerance towards the Jews of Huxley

Christian intolerance towards the Jews of Huxley

Jewish organizations, as expected, come to the defense of the Jewish community of Huxley, as Christian leaders attempt to ban their prayer event. But what would Jewish organizations do in the reverse situation?

Israeli news series demonstrates the urgency of freedom of marriage

Israeli news series demonstrates the urgency of freedom of marriage

Israel's Channel 10 News ran a four-part series about the issue of marriage in Israel and the Chief Rabbinate's monopoly over this basic right. The timing and content serve as a major boost for efforts for freedom of marriage.

D'var Torah for Parashat Re'eh: Thou shalt fight racism!

D'var Torah for Parashat Re'eh: Thou shalt fight racism!

Rabbi Uri Regev writes about the weekly torah portion in relation to recent events that endanger both Judaism and democracy in Israel

Op-ed: The Shabbat Ordinance

Op-ed: The Shabbat Ordinance

In his latest op-ed, Rabbi Uri Regev suggests that wile addressing the Shabbat prohibitions and limitations – let’s not forget the need to invest in alternative, contemporary ways to enhance the positive spirit of Shabbat.

Hiddush praises world Jewry's growing support for marriage freedom in Israel

Hiddush praises world Jewry's growing support for marriage freedom in Israel

Recent developments that promote freedom of marriage in Israel point to a renewed and strengthened partnership between Israeli and Diaspora communities and organizations.

Supreme Court strikes down discriminatory stipends for yeshiva students

Supreme Court strikes down discriminatory stipends for yeshiva students

The petition initiated by Hiddush and partnering organizations demonstrated the failure of Israel's previous government coalition.

Hypocrisy and self-righteousness?

Hypocrisy and self-righteousness?

Should Israelis and world Jewry be satisfied with the chief rabbis’ pronouncements during Pope Francis’s recent visit to Israel? On the surface, the answer is “yes.”

Hiddush celebrates Israeli independence and great strides for gender equality

Hiddush celebrates Israeli independence and great strides for gender equality

Israel's Day of Indepedence in 2014 marks the 66th anniversary of the date when Israel's founding promise of "freedom of religion and conscience" was declared in the Israeli Declaration of Independence. Hiddush is still work tirelessly to help Israel in fully realizing that promise.

The Haredi Draft Law: Problems and concerns

The Haredi Draft Law: Problems and concerns

Now that the Haredi draft law has been passed and implemented, the Israeli public will slowly realize that there is no equality in this law, only disappointment.

The Law for Equality in Sharing the Burden will do exactly the opposite of its intent

The Law for Equality in Sharing the Burden will do exactly the opposite of its intent

As the Shaked Committee finishes up its final touches on preparing the Haredi Draft Law for its final votes in the Knesset, the Israeli public will slowly realize that there is no equality in this law, only dissapointment.

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