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Conversion bill to reject all conversions outside of Israel's Rabbinate

Conversion bill to reject all conversions outside of Israel's Rabbinate

A measure submitted earlier this month by the Interior Ministry led by Rabbi Aryeh Deri, head of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, is a blatant effort to circumvent a March 2016 Supreme Court ruling that allowed those undergoing private Orthodox conversions in Israel to become citizens under the Law of Return.


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Conversion – Time to go beyond the rhetoric

Conversion – Time to go beyond the rhetoric

The leader of the Tzohar rabbinical organization, Rabbi David Stav, and his colleagues threw a shock grenade into the volatile religion/state arena this week.

U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Israel and religious hypocrisy

U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Israel and religious hypocrisy

Even as we celebrate with our brothers and sisters in North America, we are disheartened that only some of the Jewish organizations at the forefront of this battle for equality and defense of marriage have been active or even supportive when it comes to advocating for marriage freedom in Israel.

Sacrificing Israel's economy at the altar of yeshiva studies and politics

Sacrificing Israel's economy at the altar of yeshiva studies and politics

The cataclysmic consequences of the irresponsible policies pursued by most Israeli governments when it comes to the dictates of their religious coalition partners have been reinforced by a major study of Israel’s economy through 2059, published recently by Assaf Geva, a senior Finance Ministry economist.

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.”

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