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Minister Yankelevich, what about religious freedom for Israelis?

Minister Yankelevich, what about religious freedom for Israelis?

Speaking about the growing efforts at restricting kosher slaughter and circumcision rites in Europe, as well as litigation initiated at the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg, brought by Orthodox leadership to challenge the legality of such restrictive legislation, Minister Yankelevich spoke last week at the Knesset.


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Jerusalem’s destruction – past events and current concerns

Jerusalem’s destruction – past events and current concerns

Only the deepest soul searching and bold action this Tisha b'Av will stave off today’s threat of growing erosion from within the Jewish people and Jewish, democratic State.

1 woman per religious council, but, God forbid, not more

1 woman per religious council, but, God forbid, not more

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Minister Azoulay heeds his rabbis rather than his government

Minister Azoulay heeds his rabbis rather than his government

It has almost become a painful routine to update our readers on the all too frequent outrageous statements made by Israel's ultra-orthodox cabinet members and MKs, which go against all commonly accepted norms of rule of law and democracy.

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.

Ministry of Religious Services budget increased by more than 100%

Ministry of Religious Services budget increased by more than 100%

The budget for the construction and renovation of buildings for religious services will be increased by 50 million NIS (123%), the budget for the Ministry of Religious Services will be increased to nearly 150%, and the budget for cemeteries will be increase by 500%. The millions budgeted for the ultra-Orthodox parties by the Likud in exchange for their political support were merely a down payment - a base level for further increases.

Affirmative action for Haredim or cronyism?

Affirmative action for Haredim or cronyism?

On Sunday, Israel’s cabinet approved an affirmative action initiative enabling more ultra-Orthodox workers to find employment in the civil service, as part of Shas’s leader, Minister Rabbi Aryeh Deri’s strategy to integrate the Haredi community into the civil service.

Justice Joubran asserts state funded school networks subject to Propaganda Law

Justice Joubran asserts state funded school networks subject to Propaganda Law

Justice Joubran: "Common sense and reason cannot tolerate Shas’s legal interpretation, according to which a teacher could influence a student’s parents." Rabbi Regev: “This is an important precedent that will affect a host of educational networks and future elections campaigns. The mobilization of armies of teachers has been prohibited.”

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.

Hiddush slams Shas leader's attack on women's higher education

Hiddush slams Shas leader's attack on women's higher education

Rabbi Shalom Cohen, Shas's new spiritual leader wrote a letter which forbids women from entering academic studies. Hiddush foresees a split in the Sephardic ultra-Orthodox party.

Rabbi Shalom Cohen named as new Shas spiritual leader

Rabbi Shalom Cohen named as new Shas spiritual leader

Rabbi Cohen succeeds the late Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef and is well known for his offensive remarks towards Israeli Modern Orthodox Jews and the Religious Zionist party, Habayit Hayehudi

The battle against illegal religious campaign tactics in Israel's municipal elections

The battle against illegal religious campaign tactics in Israel's municipal elections

Hiddush has filed complaints against several ultra-Orthodox parties and institutions for illegally using religious methods as a means to secure votes in the 2013 municipal elections.

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 petitions Shas' illegal use of smartphone app to secure votes

Hiddush petitions Shas' illegal use of smartphone app to secure votes

Hiddush files a complaint to the Central Election Committee about Shas's smartphone app offering blessings from party’s spiritual leader. The use of blessings or curses in campaigning is strictly illegal.

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