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Israel’s Chief Rabbinate is a threat to Jewish unity and democracy

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate is a threat to Jewish unity and democracy

Last week, Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef, explained a point of ritual by likening a black child born to white parents to a “monkey.” Immediately following the publication of his racist remarks, a storm erupted. It was widely broadcast, including by JTA, Newsweek and the Palestinian media.


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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

Court verdict reflects women's right to choose bus seat

Court verdict reflects women's right to choose bus seat

The Hiddush organization for religious freedom and equality expressed similar sentiments to the Masorti movement, saying in a statement that "the Supreme Court's decision means that sexual harassment of women in the mehadrin lines will continue."

The Conversion Law Fraud

The Conversion Law Fraud

The conversion law proposal that was supposed to help immigrants from the former Soviet Union has undergone changes which only strengthen the monopoly of the Chief Rabbinate. How the mighty have fallen.

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