Hiddush News, April-June 2015
Following a month-long uproar amid claims that officials in the Chief Rabbinate were trying to remove Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin from his post due to his moderate views, the Council of the Chief Rabbinate approved his five-year extension on Monday.
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Ambiguities in wording of resolution have elicited both support and adamant opposition from both the more liberal and conservative sides of the religious divide.
More than two-thirds of Israelis object to the removal of a Conservative rabbi from a bar mitzvah ceremony for disabled children intended to take place at the Israeli president’s residence.
Survey finds that 71 percent of Israeli Jews disapprove of President Reuven Rivlin’s decision to exclude a Conservative rabbi from a bar mitzvah ceremony for disabled children.
Hiddush has published a media release directed at visitors to Israel, hotels and agencies in Israel, calling upon them to exercise their rights and demand to be permitted to be mechalel Shabbos.
The Haredi community is excited about the new bill being promoted by Shas Chairman and Minister of the Economy, Aryeh Deri. As reported in Globes, the bill will require each government ministry to allocate 5% of its available jobs to Haredi candidates.
An initiative for gender-segregated tracks at universities is gaining momentum among the religious Zionist movement, but the academic authorities are vehemently opposed. Will it prevail over their protests?
Sources say Eisenkot will take rabbis out of education, put Education Corps back in, after rabbinate criticized for attempting to preach religious, political messages to units.
Government set targets for the interim years before full implementation is set to take effect for the military enlistment year of June 2014 to June 2015.
After two years in the opposition, Israel's ultra-Orthodox parties, Shas and the United Torah Judaism, managed to secure their spots in the new Israeli government formed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month.
Two ultra-Orthodox news outlets concealed the faces and bodies of female ministers in pictures of Israel’s new cabinet Thursday, renewing public debate over the practice.
The media narrative concerning Shas leader Arye Dery’s return to the cabinet – 22 years after an indictment previously forced him to quit – is that, for the first time, a person jailed for a criminal offense is now a serving Israeli minister.
A Charedi mayor of an Israeli town decided to cancel a planned bar mitzvah ceremony for four boys with autism because the ceremony would be taking place in a Conservative, rather than an Orthodox, synagogue.
A poll conducted for the Hiddush religious pluralism lobbying group shows Likud voters as displeased with the coalition agreement the party signed with the haredi political party United Torah Judaism.
A newly released Hiddush survey revealed 80 percent of secular Israelis do not want to get married through the rabbinate, with most instead preferring civil marriages, the latest evidence of the widening gap between secular Jews and Israel’s state religious establishment.
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