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First woman ever appointed as legal advisor to rabbinical courts

First woman ever appointed as legal advisor to rabbinical courts

We at Hiddush are delighted by the appointment of Attorney Shira Ben-Eli as legal advisor to Israel's rabbinical courts.


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Israel's High Court Unanimously Agrees with Hiddush

Israel's High Court Unanimously Agrees with Hiddush

November 12 marked a major, promising step in our battles that will surely become a landmark legal case on the road to ensuring Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state. Privately issued "writs of refusal" excommunicating those who turn to Israel's legal system for justice are illegal - the private rabbinical courts continue acting illegally in defiance of the law.

Israel's circumcision controversy: an opportunity for change

Israel's circumcision controversy: an opportunity for change

Until Israel's Supreme Court intervened, an Israeli mother was fined $150 by Israel's Supreme Rabbinical Court of Appeals for every day she did not circumcise her son. The case is not over yet and serves as a key indicator of the growing influence of Israel's rabbinical courts.

Unfolding circumcision controversy makes the case for civil marriage and divorce in Israel

Unfolding circumcision controversy makes the case for civil marriage and divorce in Israel

In light of the recent developments in Israel's circumcision controversy, Hiddush CEO Rabbi Uri Regev points out that this dispute could be easily handled outside of the rabbinical courts if civil marriage and divorce were allowed for Israelis.

Hiddush blasts rabbinic ruling against iPhones

Hiddush blasts rabbinic ruling against iPhones

Bnei Brak rabbinical court head: It’s no mitzva to return "non-kosher" smartphones that people have left behind. Hiddush CEO responds: It's no mitzva to reject the rule of law.

Hiddush petitions to the Supreme Court against rabbinical courts' excommunication practices

Hiddush petitions to the Supreme Court against rabbinical courts' excommunication practices

In a landmark case, Hiddush petitioned to the Israeli Supreme Court on behalf of an ultra-Orthodox resident of Elad to annul the writ of refusal issued by a rabbinical court for filing a case in Israel's civil courts.

Hiddush appeal brings prosecution against rabbinic courts who threaten excommunication

Hiddush appeal brings prosecution against rabbinic courts who threaten excommunication

In response to an appeal filed by Hiddush- Freedom of Religion for Israel, Yehuda Weinstein, Israel's Attorney General directed the Ministry of Religious Services to take legal action against private rabbinic authorities that attempt to excommunicate individuals who file cases in State civil courts.

Hiddush outraged by possibility of all-male committee for Rabbinic appointment

Hiddush outraged by possibility of all-male committee for Rabbinic appointment

Suggested appointments for the Committee for Rabbinical Judges would leave the committee without female members, exacerbating and intensifying the already gender-discriminatory rabbinic court system

Ex-ultra-Orthodox mom won’t lose child

Ex-ultra-Orthodox mom won’t lose child

Haredi father sought to deny his ex-wife custody of their children. The court denied his request

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