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Disturbing news on the ultra-Orthodox front

Disturbing news on the ultra-Orthodox front

Why did the leader of the Hasidic faction of the United Torah Judaism party (Deputy Minister of Health Rabbi Litzman) make two visits to the prison where one Elazar Vigdorovich is serving a four year prison term for crimes involving the Gur Chasidic dynasty?


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Dishonoring Holocaust Remembrance Day

Dishonoring Holocaust Remembrance Day

Leading up to Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which Israeli and Diaspora Jewish communities are marking today, the ultra-Orthodox Yated Ne'eman newspaper chose to highlight their theological linking between the State of Israel and worldwide growing anti-Semitism.

Updates: the Kotel agreement & Supreme Court mikva'ot ruling

Updates: the Kotel agreement & Supreme Court mikva'ot ruling

In the last week, there have been a number of developments in the ultra-Orthodox political and rabbinical leadership's battle against the implementation of the Kotel agreement, as well as their battle against the Supreme Court's ruling to make Israel's public mikva'ot available for non-Orthodox conversion ceremonies.

Israel pushed towards theocracy

Israel pushed towards theocracy

Minister Rabbi Litzman: "Netanyahu either loves the Reform Jews of the Diaspora, or the Haredim of Israel; it's either-or. There are no two ways about it... The Supreme Court is destroying everything good related to religion & state, and... the only way to stand against it is by passing legislation."

Landmark ruling to allow non-Orthodox converts access to all mikva’ot

Landmark ruling to allow non-Orthodox converts access to all mikva’ot

A new front, far more vicious and perilous, has emerged. The Chief Rabbinate and ultra-Orthodox politicians are gearing up to prevent the implementation of this ruling to further undermine the Supreme Court and demonize the non-Orthodox movements.

Selling out to the ultra-Orthodox parties - what cost?

Selling out to the ultra-Orthodox parties - what cost?

UTJ was one of the first parties to sign a coalition agreement with the Likud. What are the costs to the Israeli government and taxpayers associated with this agreement?

Ultra-Orthodox parties' history of voters' faith manipulation

Ultra-Orthodox parties' history of voters' faith manipulation

Since 1988, the ultra-Orthodox parties have been promising rabbinic blessings, making threats and gifting "mystical" amulets to voters who commit to support them in the elections. The Knesset and the Supreme Court have set legal prohibitions against this, but the bribery and manipulation has continued.

Haredi MK Yaakov Litzman bails draft evading yeshiva student out of jail

Haredi MK Yaakov Litzman bails draft evading yeshiva student out of jail

"Get out of jail free" is no longer a tactic limited to the Monopoly board, but now a method employed ultra-Orthodox rabbis and politicians to release yeshiva students arrested for draft evasion.

For MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni, Hiddush is all things he hates: freedom, pluralism, and equality

For MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni, Hiddush is all things he hates: freedom, pluralism, and equality

Once again MK Moshe Gafni provides a clear indicator that even though he may not like it, Hiddush is making progress towards a pluralistic and civil society in Israel.

Why did MK Moshe Gafni single out Hiddush in the Knesset?

Why did MK Moshe Gafni single out Hiddush in the Knesset?

MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ) is right about one thing: Hiddush works tirelessly to provide up-to-date facts and figures to policymakers on religion/state issues to advance the freedoms that were promised to Israelis in the Declaration of Independence.

Hiddush calls on government coalition to cease funding of ultra-Orthodox organizations that deny the legitimacy of the State of Israel

Hiddush calls on government coalition to cease funding of ultra-Orthodox organizations that deny the legitimacy of the State of Israel

The request comes in light of the fiery attack by Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech Halberstam, leader of the Tzanz Chasidic dynasty on the State of Israel and its national symbols. Hiddush CEO Rabbi Regev: these outbursts continue to reveal the prevalence and deep-seated rejection of the legitimacy of the State of Israel amongst ultra-Orthodox rabbis and community leaders.

What they are saying about non-Orthodox Judaism and rabbis: A Compilation of Quotes

What they are saying about non-Orthodox Judaism and rabbis: A Compilation of Quotes

Hiddush exposes the hate speech that continues to inform policy, leading to continued discrimination of non-Orthodox Jews.

The Rabbi Miri Gold Case Demystified

The Rabbi Miri Gold Case Demystified

In this major achievment of Israel's move toward recognition of non-Orthodox rabbis, we must be careful to address challenges posed, and the road ahead.

What some MKs are actually saying about Reform rabbis

What some MKs are actually saying about Reform rabbis

In the excitement of Israel's first step toward recognition of non-Orthodox rabbis, these appointments were met with disturbing reactions by both ultra-Orthodox and National Religious political leaders.

MK Eichler: Reform Jews worse than Arabs

MK Eichler: Reform Jews worse than Arabs

Hiddush CEO, Rabbi Uri Regev: Eichler’s behavior reveals the sad truth of the ultra-Orthodox parties in the Israeli Knesset is deep hatred of the other, simply because they are other.

Yeshiva Students Cheat Ministry

Yeshiva Students Cheat Ministry

10,000 Yeshiva students have been playing hooky and bilking Israel’s Ministry of Education of NIS 4.5 million, according to a recent audit.

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