Hiddush News, January-March 2015

Hiddush News, January-March 2015

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How Do Israelis Feel About Having Chareidim in the Coalition?

A poll commissioned by the Hiddush NGO carried out by the Rafi Smith Institute shows most Israelis would prefer seeing the new coalition that excludes chareidim.

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How Do Israelis Feel About Having Chareidim in the Coalition?

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Poll: 62% of Jewish Israelis Prefer Government Without Haredi Parties

62% of the Jewish population prefer to establish a government without the religious parties and with the parties from the center or left. Only 38% support the establishment of the government of the right-wing/Haredi. 87% of the Jewish public prefer the position of head of the Finance Committee be given to the chairman of the Kulanu party, Moshe Kahlon and not to United Torah Judaism. Only 13% support the giving of the position to United Torah Judaism.

Poll: 62% of Jewish Israelis Prefer Government Without Haredi Parties

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Hiddush Poll: The Public Wants Kahlon, Not United Torah in Charge of Finance

Data supplied by a survey conducted by the Rafi Smith Polling Institute for "Hiddush – Freedom of Religion in Israel" has found that 62% of Israelis support a government without the haredi parties; 87% preferring that control of the Knesset Finance Committee be given to Kulanu, rather than United Torah Judaism (UTJ).

Hiddush Poll: The Public Wants Kahlon, Not United Torah in Charge of Finance

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Number of working Orthodox women on the rise

Over the past few years more and more ultra-Orthodox women are seeking work in the secular Israeli labor market, though not everyone in ultra-Orthodox society accepts this.

Number of working Orthodox women on the rise

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Shas promises its voters 'key to heaven'

“Rabbi Ovadia Yosef won’t forgive you in this world or the world to come if you don’t vote Shas.”

Shas promises its voters 'key to heaven'

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Kashrut: How newly imposed regulations impact hotels

The Chief Rabbinate has published new kashrut regulations for hotels that, unlike the old regulations, focus mainly on kashrut.

Kashrut: How newly imposed regulations impact hotels

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Chief Rabbinate removes ban on Christmas trees in Israeli hotels

The removal of the Christmas tree restriction came in response to a petition from Hiddush.

Chief Rabbinate removes ban on Christmas trees in Israeli hotels

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Israeli hotels no longer banned from mounting Christmas trees

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has backed down on its long-standing prohibition against placing Christmas trees in the country’s hotels, as well as other rules related to the Jewish Sabbath and holidays.

Israeli hotels no longer banned from mounting Christmas trees

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Israel ends ban on hotels having Christmas trees

Chief Rabbinate curbs kashrut supervisors' authority to food only, after religious-freedom NGO threatens court action.

Israel ends ban on hotels having Christmas trees

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Israel's Chief Rabbinate Backs Down On Christmas Tree Ban In Hotels

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate has backed down on its long-standing prohibition against placing Christmas trees in the country’s hotels, as well as other rules related to the Jewish Sabbath and holidays.

Israel's Chief Rabbinate Backs Down On Christmas Tree Ban In Hotels

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UTJ Ad Pulled After it Promised Blessings to Voters

Ad promising voters 'long life, sustenance, children, and blessings' pulled after Hiddush organization turns to Elections Committee.

UTJ Ad Pulled After it Promised Blessings to Voters

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Religion and state: Not on Israel’s campaign agenda

The problem for advocates of religious pluralism is that change probably isn’t coming.

Religion and state: Not on Israel’s campaign agenda

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Rabbis Allow XMas Trees in Kosher Israeli Hotels

Kashruth certification under Israel's Chief Rabbinate at local hotels is going to look -- and be -- vastly different from now on. Heads up, everyone.

Rabbis Allow XMas Trees in Kosher Israeli Hotels

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