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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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Jerusalem Post Op-ed: It's time to retire the Chief Rabbinate

Jerusalem Post Op-ed: It's time to retire the Chief Rabbinate

On July 24, a voting body made up of 150 rabbis, politicians and community leaders will decide who will be the next Sephardi and Ashkenazi chief rabbis of Israel. What is this coercive institution doing to Israeli Judaism?

Huffington Post Op-ed: Why Is It so Difficult for Jews to Marry in Israel?

Huffington Post Op-ed: Why Is It so Difficult for Jews to Marry in Israel?

Rabbi Uri Regev writes in the Huffington Post about the launching of the Freedom of Marriage World Map and Israel's severe restrictions on marriage.

Where does Yesh Atid stand on freedom of marriage?

Where does Yesh Atid stand on freedom of marriage?

Yair Lapid and his party, Yesh Atid, have expressed support for Jewish pluralism in Israel in an unprecedented manner. However, they also endorsed Rabbi David Stav, a Religious-Zionist Rabbi from the Tzohar Rabbinic Organization, as the candidate for Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi. Yesh Atid and Rabbi Stav hold seemingly divergent views on pluralism and freedom of marriage in Israel. So how does this all add up?

Israel's Other Impending Election

Israel's Other Impending Election

David Stav Offers Illusion of Pluralism in Chief Rabbi Fight

Does Israel Need A Chief Rabbi?

Does Israel Need A Chief Rabbi?

The overwhelming majority of Israelis want to see its founding promises of "freedom of religion and conscience" and "equality regardless of religion" fully realized. The Chief Rabbinate of Israel, through is preventing that from happening.

US Jews must fight Israel’s policy on religious freedom

US Jews must fight Israel’s policy on religious freedom

Recent actions of Israel’s Chief Rabbinate threaten to divide the Jewish people and risk an anti-religious backlash against Judaism itself within the Jewish state. Of particular concern is the monopoly of the Chief Rabbinate over issues of personal status – particularly marriage, divorce, burial, and conversion to Judaism.

The Rabbi Miri Gold Case Demystified

The Rabbi Miri Gold Case Demystified

In this major achievment of Israel's move toward recognition of non-Orthodox rabbis, we must be careful to address challenges posed, and the road ahead.

What’s Missing from Real Dialogue between Israel and Diaspora Jewry?

What’s Missing from Real Dialogue between Israel and Diaspora Jewry?

What conversations are we refusing to have? We must understand that our unity can only be based on a celebration of diversity, even when it involves difficult controversy.

Did The Global Jewish Forum on Haredim Face the Facts?

Did The Global Jewish Forum on Haredim Face the Facts?

The Jewish Agency and Makom opened the conversation on the impact of ultra-Orthodoxy on Israel and on the Jewish People as a whole, but did they give their participants a full picture?

What was Eli Yishai thinking?

What was Eli Yishai thinking?

Eli Yishai's recent comparison of the Six Day War and the Second Lebanon War were not only offensive, they were just plain incorrect.

Human Rights Day in Israel

Human Rights Day in Israel

As we reflect on Human Rights Day, we are reminded of the dire need of Israel to acknowledge its failure in ensuring those promised in both the International Declaration of Human Rights and the Declaration of Independence of Israel itself.

Tzohar Rabbis Disingenuous In Their Campaign

Tzohar Rabbis Disingenuous In Their Campaign

Tzohar’s “victory for the Jewish People” is not in keeping with the pluralistic reality of the Jewish community in the United States from whom they have requested support.

Social justice, religious freedom and the tent protests

Social justice, religious freedom and the tent protests

Protest leaders did their utmost to stick to economic demands.

The Haredi Establishment Versus Ruth the Moabite

The Haredi Establishment Versus Ruth the Moabite

If Ruth the Moabite were alive today, no court in Israel would be able to let her convert, and King David would never have been born. The haredi establishment constitutes an almost impenetrable barrier on the road to Judaism, and its hand is very light on the trigger when it comes to overturning conversions. The time has come to dismantle the haredi monopoly.

A Free Market for Beliefs

A Free Market for Beliefs

A Hiddush program for privatizing religious services and eliminating the monopoly on them.

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