Hiddush News, October-December 2016
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.”
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.
Females in Mea Sharim urged to use side streets and to minimise their visits to the neighbourhood
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.
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.
In petition to be submitted to High Court, non-Orthodox Jewish leaders also ask for say in running holy site.
An annual survey shows widespread dissatisfaction with Ultra-Orthodox influence and exemptions when it comes to education, the army and religious life.
As we look back over the past Jewish year, Israel has room for much optimism and hope – and a dark cloud or two.
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.
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.