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The Kotel controversy

The Kotel controversy

Many are following the twists and turns of the Kotel controversy with great interest and often anxiety. While grateful to the Jewish Week for featuring his take on the current state of the controversy, Rabbi Uri Regev feels that further contextualization and explanation is needed beyond the quotes that were reported.


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Religious politicians abuse their authority

Religious politicians abuse their authority

The Education Ministry has frozen budgeted funds for non-Orthodox and secular education initiatives. The religious politicians abuse their authority, and pour millions into one-sided brainwashing efforts. It’s time for Israeli and Diaspora leaderships to declare: Judaism, pluralism, Jewish Peoplehood and democracy are too important to be left at the mercy of sectarian interests,

How to most effectively advocate for religious freedom and equality in Israel

How to most effectively advocate for religious freedom and equality in Israel

What advocacy strategy should supporters of religious freedom in Israel pursue? How should we set our policy priorities? How meaningful are Prime Minister Netanyahu's promises to Diaspora Jewry?

President Rivlin's response to Rabbis Jacobs' & Wernick's demands

President Rivlin's response to Rabbis Jacobs' & Wernick's demands

Rabbi Uri Regev unpacks an encounter between President Rivlin and U.S. rabbis of different denominations, and considers its actual substance, regarding whether we are indeed witnessing a change of heart on Rivlin’s part, and what this exchange may suggest for future strategy in this arena.

Hiddush Releases 2014 Israel Religion and State Index; Strong desire for involvement of world Jewry in efforts for freedom of marriage

Hiddush Releases 2014 Israel Religion and State Index; Strong desire for involvement of world Jewry in efforts for freedom of marriage

Public support for freedom of religion and equality in Israel is rapidly growing. The vast majority of Israeli Jews support joint efforts between Israel and world Jewry for freedom of marriage in Israel.

Rabbi Uri Regev's op-ed (in French): Freedom of Marriage is an issue for Jews all around the world!

Rabbi Uri Regev's op-ed (in French): Freedom of Marriage is an issue for Jews all around the world!

Rabbi Uri Regev writes in the Jewish Liberal Movement in France's Tenoua Magazine about Israel's marriage crisis and how Jews from Israel, France, and all over the world are affected

The American Jewish Committee workshop: A step of exceptional importance

The American Jewish Committee workshop: A step of exceptional importance

The American Jewish Committee brought together leaders and scholars from America and Israel to form a strategic path towards freedom of religion in Israel and equality between Israeli and Diaspora Jewry.

Rabbi Uri Regev's op-ed on the Rabbi Avi Weiss saga: The battle must continue!

Rabbi Uri Regev's op-ed on the Rabbi Avi Weiss saga: The battle must continue!

American Jewry has much to learn from the latest fiasco between the Israeli Chief Rabbinate and American Orthodoxy. It reveals their potential for positive change and provides a powerful model for achieving freedom of religion and equality in Israel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, “Audacious Hospitality” and Real Jewish Unity

Prime Minister Netanyahu, “Audacious Hospitality” and Real Jewish Unity

Netanyahu’s message regarding Jewish unity left much to be desired. Will American Jewry buy Netanyahu’s shiny wrapping, or look inside to find a disturbingly bare box.

Prime Minister Netanyahu promises 'audacious hospitality' to American Jewry, but how serious is he?

Prime Minister Netanyahu promises 'audacious hospitality' to American Jewry, but how serious is he?

Rabbi Uri Regev questions the ability of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver his promises to the delegates of the 2013 URJ Biennial Convention in San Diego.

A less spoken about angle: The threat Israel presents to Jewish peoplehood

A less spoken about angle: The threat Israel presents to Jewish peoplehood

In a publication of the Center for Jewish Peoplehood, Rabbi Uri Regev focuses on the damage to the sense of Peoplehood brought about by the lack of religious pluralism in Israel.

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