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Corruption in the name of God

Corruption in the name of God

In the last couple days, a new chapter was added to the never ending saga of Israeli religious leaders who view the law as merely a suggestion. Whether for personal benefit or political opportunism, they do not hesitate to deviate from law and common norms.


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Jerusalem Post Editorial: Dissolve the rabbinate

Jerusalem Post Editorial: Dissolve the rabbinate

The 2013 Religion and State Index showed that 70% of Israeli Jews oppose the Chief Rabbinate in its current form. That includes Israelis from all over the Jewish spectrum. This time, it's the Jerusalem Post Editorial Board calling for the desperately-needed change.

Following the election: It's time to bring the Chief Rabbinate to its proper burial

Following the election: It's time to bring the Chief Rabbinate to its proper burial

In light of the results of the Chief Rabbinate elections, Hiddush CEO Rabbi Uri Regev is calling to dismantle the institution.

Jerusalem Post Op-ed: It's time to retire the Chief Rabbinate

Jerusalem Post Op-ed: It's time to retire the Chief Rabbinate

On July 24, a voting body made up of 150 rabbis, politicians and community leaders will decide who will be the next Sephardi and Ashkenazi chief rabbis of Israel. What is this coercive institution doing to Israeli Judaism?

Israel's Other Impending Election

Israel's Other Impending Election

David Stav Offers Illusion of Pluralism in Chief Rabbi Fight

Hiddush Original: Don’t Push me to the Back of the Bus!

Hiddush Original: Don’t Push me to the Back of the Bus!

Marking International Human Rights Day on December 10th, Hiddush released a short film in protest, featuring Israeli Artists celebrities called “Don’t push me to the back of the bus!”

Hiddush's Annual Israel Religion and State Index: 2012

Hiddush's Annual Israel Religion and State Index: 2012

Support for religious freedom rises to 85%, 67% say Haredi MKs distance public from Judaism, 76% dissatisfied with government policies on religion

The Joke of Israel’s Civil Partnership Law

The Joke of Israel’s Civil Partnership Law

Fewer than 1.5 couples register with the Civil Partnership registrar each month according to statistics the Ministry of Justice released to Hiddush. Hiddush President Rabbi Uri Regev: “The time has come for Yisrael Beiteinu to realize its mistake and demand the passage of a real Civil Marriage law.”

ADL denounces ultra-Orthodox spitting at Christian clergymen

ADL denounces ultra-Orthodox spitting at Christian clergymen

The ADL reached out to Chief Rabbis Amar and Metzger, asking them to condemn violent acts from their ultra-Orthodox constituents toward Christian clergy

Chief Rabbi Amar: “The Rabbinate is excellent…We have proven ourselves”

Chief Rabbi Amar: “The Rabbinate is excellent…We have proven ourselves”

Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar responds to recent articles criticizing the Rabbanut’s activities by saying that “the Rabbinate is excellent, and the religious court judiciary is excellent…It is getting better and better, including the way in which it relates to the public.”

U.S. State Department reports limitations on religious freedom despite opposition from most citizens

U.S. State Department reports limitations on religious freedom despite opposition from most citizens

The U.S. State Department 2010 Report on International Religious Freedom sites increasing tension in Israeli society between secular and ultra-Orthodox citizens on issues such as housing allocations, military service exemptions and allocations for religious institutions of study. The report also lists a series of cases of violence against women in terms of extreme demands for modest dress and gender separation.

Supreme Court Petition to Allow Civil Marriage

Supreme Court Petition to Allow Civil Marriage

Hiddush CEO Rabbi Uri Regev remarks “The reality which denies the basic human right of marriage to hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens is intolerable.”

Israelis Can Marry By Proxy

Israelis Can Marry By Proxy

High Court continues to pave way towards civil marriage in Israel

A Free Market for Beliefs

A Free Market for Beliefs

A Hiddush program for privatizing religious services and eliminating the monopoly on them.

Rabbis are leading the religious struggles

Rabbis are leading the religious struggles

The public is not buying the claim that the shabbat militants are motivated by ethical reasons. 74% of the Jewish public: Judaism unifies, the rabbis divide. 53%: the police are handling the demonstrations too leniently.

Rabbi Ovadia – a brave ruling

Rabbi Ovadia – a brave ruling

Uri Orbach in an article on Ynet: Shas leader made a ruling that all other rabbis were afraid to make

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