Hiddush News, July-September 2013
“There have been too many examples of mishandling of communal funds, in Europe and here in Israel, and ‘trust us’ is just not enough anymore."
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An editorial from the Canadian Jewish News renews the call for freedom of religion and equality and uses Hiddush's Religion and State Index to show exactly why.
93% of haredi community opposes gov't measures on religion and state.
Hiddush's 2013 Religion and State Index shows sizable segment of Jewish population highly dissatisfied with religious restrictions imposed by the state
On eve of Jewish New Year, Hiddush association's Religion and State Index shows half of public believes religious-secular tension is most serious conflict in Israeli society. About two-thirds support opening businesses on Shabbat, 62% are in favor of recognizing all types of marriages – but 61% would rather get married in Rabbinate
Court issues order compelling Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon to explain his decision to postpone yeshiva students' military draft in apparent violation of the law • Hiddush: Why is the government still funding yeshiva students?
Services included in the price hikes include marriage registration, kashrut licensing, burial, immersion in mikvaot and other ceremonies besides.
The ultra-orthodox Tov Movement’s Beit Shemesh branch holds a vote to determine its slate of candidates.
When the Israel Davis Cup team was penalized for refusing to compete on Yom Kippur, "Hiddush" advocated for freedom of religion for Israel.
State support for yeshivas, child allotments, periphery housing slashed, but other benefits are not tied to joining the workforce.
Rabbi Uri Regev castigated the Chief Rabbis and the Chief Rabbinate saying that the Chief Rabbis had declared their allegiance to the State of Israel but not to the Laws of Israel.
Meanwhile, top ultra-Orthodox rabbis dispute protesters’ claim that ancient Jewish graves lie at construction site.
Posters call haredim to go to "war" over graves; MK Lipman calls for action against “rabbis who incite to violence.”
According to haredi affairs specialist at Hiddush, Shahar Ilan, most of the 500 new recruits are "children of the newly religious, delinquents, new immigrants, members of Chabad, Breslov hasidim, and Shas supporters. In other words, the margins of haredi society."
Some argue that the fares are cheaper because Egged dare not antagonize ultra-orthodox communities.
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