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Three battle fronts: The Kotel, Conversion, and Shabbat

Three battle fronts: The Kotel, Conversion, and Shabbat

Israel's religion and state conflict is viewed as a key component of shaping Israel's path. Recent days have provided us with a good cross section of the scope, depth, motivations, impact, and potential consequences of this ongoing saga.


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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.

Hiddush's Supreme Court petition stops illegal funding to ultra-Orthodox draft dodgers

Hiddush's Supreme Court petition stops illegal funding to ultra-Orthodox draft dodgers

Hiddush's petition to the Supreme Court resulted in the landmark decision to freeze funding to yeshiva students who do not draft into the army. This is a necessary step to achieving equality in sharing the burden between all sectors of Israeli society.

The American Jewish Committee workshop: A step of exceptional importance

The American Jewish Committee workshop: A step of exceptional importance

The American Jewish Committee brought together leaders and scholars from America and Israel to form a strategic path towards freedom of religion in Israel and equality between Israeli and Diaspora Jewry.

Rabbi Uri Regev's op-ed on the Rabbi Avi Weiss saga: The battle must continue!

Rabbi Uri Regev's op-ed on the Rabbi Avi Weiss saga: The battle must continue!

American Jewry has much to learn from the latest fiasco between the Israeli Chief Rabbinate and American Orthodoxy. It reveals their potential for positive change and provides a powerful model for achieving freedom of religion and equality in Israel.

Nine Reasons why Hiddush is beginning 2014 on the right foot

Nine Reasons why Hiddush is beginning 2014 on the right foot

Within the first few weeks of 2014, there have already been several noticeably positive strides regarding religion and state in Israel.

Israel's circumcision controversy: an opportunity for change

Israel's circumcision controversy: an opportunity for change

Until Israel's Supreme Court intervened, an Israeli mother was fined $150 by Israel's Supreme Rabbinical Court of Appeals for every day she did not circumcise her son. The case is not over yet and serves as a key indicator of the growing influence of Israel's rabbinical courts.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, “Audacious Hospitality” and Real Jewish Unity

Prime Minister Netanyahu, “Audacious Hospitality” and Real Jewish Unity

Netanyahu’s message regarding Jewish unity left much to be desired. Will American Jewry buy Netanyahu’s shiny wrapping, or look inside to find a disturbingly bare box.

What Jewish leaders need to know: Israel’s marriage laws are discriminatory

What Jewish leaders need to know: Israel’s marriage laws are discriminatory

Israel's Chief Rabbinate disregards and disrespects Jewish leaders and their communities around the world. Israel must end their monopoly and embrace its promise for “freedom of religion and conscience... and equality” as a blueprint for a modern democratic Jewish state.

Israel's religion and state conflict take the Knesset's winter session by storm

Israel's religion and state conflict take the Knesset's winter session by storm

Knesset lawmakers are starting up the winter session right where they left off; equality in sharing the burden, accesibility of religious services, and public transportation on shabbat were immediately addressed by several cabinet members.

To Reach Diaspora, Make Israel Welcoming to All Jews

To Reach Diaspora, Make Israel Welcoming to All Jews

In a Jewish Daily Forward op-ed, Rabbi Uri Regev writes that Israeli and American Jewish leadership's blind eye to religious freedom in Israel will endanger Israel's relationship with the next generation of American Jewry.

2013: The year that Religion and State finally took center stage

2013: The year that Religion and State finally took center stage

Hiddush Chair Stanley Gold and CEO Rabbi Uri Regev introduce the 2013 Religion and State Index, highlighting some of the most fascinating religion and state trends in Israel.

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