Uri Regev

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The Haredi Draft Law: Problems and concerns

The Haredi Draft Law: Problems and concerns

Now that the Haredi draft law has been passed and implemented, the Israeli public will slowly realize that there is no equality in this law, only disappointment.

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.

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.

What Jewish leaders need to know: Israel’s marriage laws are discriminatory

What Jewish leaders need to know: Israel’s marriage laws are discriminatory

Israel's Chief Rabbinate disregards and disrespects Jewish leaders and their communities around the world. Israel must end their monopoly and embrace its promise for “freedom of religion and conscience... and equality” as a blueprint for a modern democratic Jewish state.

To Reach Diaspora, Make Israel Welcoming to All Jews

To Reach Diaspora, Make Israel Welcoming to All Jews

In a Jewish Daily Forward op-ed, Rabbi Uri Regev writes that Israeli and American Jewish leadership's blind eye to religious freedom in Israel will endanger Israel's relationship with the next generation of American Jewry.

Jerusalem Post Op-ed: It's time to retire the Chief Rabbinate

Jerusalem Post Op-ed: It's time to retire the Chief Rabbinate

On July 24, a voting body made up of 150 rabbis, politicians and community leaders will decide who will be the next Sephardi and Ashkenazi chief rabbis of Israel. What is this coercive institution doing to Israeli Judaism?

Op-ed in the Washington Jewish Week: Not an Isolated Tragedy

Op-ed in the Washington Jewish Week: Not an Isolated Tragedy

Rabbi Uri Regev writes about the troubles that the American Jewish community are already facing in Israel as the government severly restricts Israelis and Jews rights to marry in the Jewish state.

Huffington Post Op-ed: Why Is It so Difficult for Jews to Marry in Israel?

Huffington Post Op-ed: Why Is It so Difficult for Jews to Marry in Israel?

Rabbi Uri Regev writes in the Huffington Post about the launching of the Freedom of Marriage World Map and Israel's severe restrictions on marriage.

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.

Where does Yesh Atid stand on freedom of marriage?

Where does Yesh Atid stand on freedom of marriage?

Yair Lapid and his party, Yesh Atid, have expressed support for Jewish pluralism in Israel in an unprecedented manner. However, they also endorsed Rabbi David Stav, a Religious-Zionist Rabbi from the Tzohar Rabbinic Organization, as the candidate for Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi. Yesh Atid and Rabbi Stav hold seemingly divergent views on pluralism and freedom of marriage in Israel. So how does this all add up?

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