Hiddush News, October-December 2016

Hiddush News, October-December 2016

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Hiddush Critical Of MK Amsellem’s ‘Ugly Dismissal Of American Jewry’

Hiddush strongly rejects the words of Interior Committee Chairman MK David Amsalem (Likud) who declared that “With all due respect to the Americans and American Jews, they cannot be influencing what goes on here. Let them get insulted if they want. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

Hiddush Critical Of MK Amsellem’s ‘Ugly Dismissal Of American Jewry’

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Recent law diminishes freedom of religion in Israel

A recent law passed in the Knesset, on who can use publicly funded mikvaot (ritual baths) has been a setback for religious freedom in Israel. The new law bans non-Orthodox rabbis from using public mikvahs for Jewish conversion rituals.

Recent law diminishes freedom of religion in Israel

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Women told not to walk on main road in ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem town

Females in Mea Sharim urged to use side streets and to minimise their visits to the neighbourhood

Women told not to walk on main road in ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem town

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Posters in Mea Shearim ask women to avoid main street

After the High Court of Justice banned the use of partitions on public streets of the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood, pashkevils were posted telling women to not walk its main street during the upcoming days of the Sukkot holiday.

Posters in Mea Shearim ask women to avoid main street

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Don’t waste your time: The Israeli rabbinate has already lost its battles

The new survey by Hiddush gives many reasons for hope. It gives hope that Israel will gradually improve itself – and also gives hope that the level of hysteria concerning state-religion relations in Israel will be reduced.

Don’t waste your time: The Israeli rabbinate has already lost its battles

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Non-orthodox Groups Demand Stake in Western Wall if New Section Can’t Be Delivered

In petition to be submitted to High Court, non-Orthodox Jewish leaders also ask for say in running holy site.

Non-orthodox Groups Demand Stake in Western Wall if New Section Can’t Be Delivered

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Ultra-Orthodox Parties Are Back in Power and Israelis Aren’t Thrilled About It

An annual survey shows widespread dissatisfaction with Ultra-Orthodox influence and exemptions when it comes to education, the army and religious life.

Ultra-Orthodox Parties Are Back in Power and Israelis Aren’t Thrilled About It

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The 5776 mirror: Looking back over the past Jewish year

As we look back over the past Jewish year, Israel has room for much optimism and hope – and a dark cloud or two.

The 5776 mirror: Looking back over the past Jewish year

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Study finds Israelis hold liberal views with traditional personal choices

The Religion and State Index, a poll produced by Ynet and Hiddush, shows that most Israeli citizens like Jewish tradition but prefer to keep it as a choice rather than imposing it.

Study finds Israelis hold liberal views with traditional personal choices

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Israeli Jews displeased with haredi-driven government policies

Hiddush's annual Israel Religion & State Index shows widespread dissatisfaction with haredi influence and exemptions when it comes to education, the army and religious life.

Israeli Jews displeased with haredi-driven government policies

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