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The Bitter Taste of Victory - by Rabbi Pamela Frydman

The Bitter Taste of Victory - by Rabbi Pamela Frydman

On August 31st, the Israeli Supreme Court took up a matter brought by Hiddush, Women of the Wall and the Reform and Conservative Movements. The issue at hand is whether to require the government to adhere to, and implement, the Kotel agreement.


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Comprehensive interview with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin in Israeli media

Comprehensive interview with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin in Israeli media

A recent detailed interview with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin appeared in the original Hebrew in Makor Rishon, with select paragraphs translated into English below.

A reflection for Pesach 2017

A reflection for Pesach 2017

We at Hiddush realize that we need to view the concept of freedom beyond simply delivery from slavery, and as we celebrate Passover this year, we are ever motivated to bring Israel more fully into a state of religious freedom and equality.

Sukkot 2016: Batya Kahana Dror, Esq.

Sukkot 2016: Batya Kahana Dror, Esq.

Batya Kahana Dror, Esq. writes, "Getting married via the Rabbinate is not fitting for all couples. Sometimes this clashes with their worldviews, and sometimes it creates bureaucratic difficulties in simply obtaining the Rabbinate's permission to marry at all. Divorcing through the Rabbinate is also more difficult."

Sukkot 2016: Rabbi Meir Azari

Sukkot 2016: Rabbi Meir Azari

Rabbi Meir Azari writes, "The recent years have seen a blossoming of Reform communities, Conservative, secular and the like, situated between what an Israeli would refer to as Orthodox and secular. Many are seeking a Jewish voice for good and equality."

Sukkot 2016: Tehila Friedman-Nachalon

Sukkot 2016: Tehila Friedman-Nachalon

Tehila Friedman-Nachalon writes, "The battles that Hiddush sees as battles for "religious freedom," I perceive as battles over the substance and understanding of the 'Jewish' in 'Jewish and democratic.'"

Sukkot 2016: Prof. Pinchas Shiffman

Sukkot 2016: Prof. Pinchas Shiffman

Professor Pinchas Shiffman writes, "The problem facing stringent religious Judaism is whether to accept a person who lives among us and truly wants to be a Jew, but does intend to be religious. This person's rejection reinforces the split between Jews according to religion and Jews according to nationality."

Sukkot 2016: Smadar Dekel Naim, Esq.

Sukkot 2016: Smadar Dekel Naim, Esq.

Smadar Dekel Naim, Esq. writes, "There is no reason whatsoever to be party to this religious coercion, especially at this most precious, family-oriented moment, and in the most personal of matters. Why should we hold non-egalitarian ceremonies, with rabbis who don't identify with our ways of life? Many of whom actually despise us?"

Sukkot 2016: Shira Ben Sasson-Furstenberg

Sukkot 2016: Shira Ben Sasson-Furstenberg

Shira Ben Sasson-Furstenberg writes, "I don't want to be a Torah observant woman that is a guest in Israel's Jewish arena because she is not a man. It is expected that she will not participate, that she will remain behind the mehitza, at the back of the bus."

Israeli religious court goes off the deep end

Israeli religious court goes off the deep end

Why would a rabbinic court in the world’s only Jewish state do something that would blatantly turn off most of the world’s Jews?

A Missed Opportunity to Support Secular Life in Israel

A Missed Opportunity to Support Secular Life in Israel

The rabbinate sees itself as waging a culture war, and it has been winning. Since the state’s founding rabbinic power thwarts the development of a secular conception of citizenship. Hiddush polled Israeli Jews and found that 71% support the freedom to marry and divorce independent of the Orthodox rabbinate.

Israeli Left Must Internalize That ultra-Orthodox Parties Are Not Partners

Israeli Left Must Internalize That ultra-Orthodox Parties Are Not Partners

​ How is it that the left-wing and center opposition factions hardly deal with issues of state and religion? Is the opposition again deluding itself that the ultra-Orthodox parties will reward it by forming a government with it?

Rabbi John Rosove: The New Israeli Government and Ultra-Orthodox Parties

Rabbi John Rosove: The New Israeli Government and Ultra-Orthodox Parties

As he strives to form a government, Prime Minister Netanyahu is making deals with small parties in exchange for their support.

Rabbi Elli Fischer: Not All Orthodox Rabbis Oppose Civil Marriage In Israel

Rabbi Elli Fischer: Not All Orthodox Rabbis Oppose Civil Marriage In Israel

Freedom of marriage in Israel is an issue for anyone who believes in the future of Israel's Jewish and democratic identity.

Join Hiddush in celebrating the Festival of Freedom!

Join Hiddush in celebrating the Festival of Freedom!

Hiddush is pleased to offer our friends and followers the 2014 Passover Supplement. This year, we renew the call for freedom of marriage and divorce in Israel for Israelis and all world Jewry!

Susie Gelman: After Pew, do we really need to argue over who is a Jew?

Susie Gelman: After Pew, do we really need to argue over who is a Jew?

The former President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and North American Co-Chair of the 2013 General Assembly writes about the recent controversy over MK David Rotem's discriminatory remarks about Reform Judaism.

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