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Hiddush on the cutting edge of marriage freedom

The thoughts of many of our readers, especially in the United States, are on yesterday's events in Washington, DC. It’s hard to believe that those events occurred, and they will make their mark on American society and politics for a long time to come.

Hiddush on the cutting edge of marriage freedom

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Secular Israelis prefer Arabs over Haredim

This week it became clear that Israel is going to elections for the fourth time in two years! The reality poses difficult challenges for Israel and the world, but the politicians leading Israel have failed to rise to these challenges and lead Israel out of the medical economic, social and educational crises that COVID-19 has forced upon us.

Secular Israelis prefer Arabs over Haredim

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Haredi education and Israel's future - will elections bring change?

Netanyahu is not guaranteed a majority with his traditional partners in the ultra-Orthodox parties, as has been seen in election polls in recent weeks. And - it may be possible for the political right to form a majority coalition without needing the ultra-Orthodox parties. Remember, Hiddush’s polls consistently show that even among right-wing voters, there is a solid majority for many of the issues of religious freedom and equality.

Haredi education and Israel's future - will elections bring change?

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A Four-Way Circus – the Conversion Battle

The US Supreme ruled yesterday on the appeal of Agudath Israel of America and Church organizations, placing religious freedom before pandemic precautions by temporarily blocking recent rules in New York that severely restricted gatherings at houses of worship in areas hit hardest by COVID-19.

A Four-Way Circus – the Conversion Battle

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Transitions Between Israeli Religious Groups

The Supreme Court held a multi-party hearing, including Hiddush, on the matter of egalitarian prayers and Women of the Wall services at the Kotel plaza...

Transitions Between Israeli Religious Groups

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Once again– Religion-State conflict irreconcilable

Today, Hiddush's legal team spent time at the Jerusalem District Court. This is where our petition against the Jerusalem Municipality and Religious Council regarding matter of building illegal eruvs throughout the city was being heard.

Once again– Religion-State conflict irreconcilable

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Haredim dictating Israel's COVID-19 response

A public outcry erupted last night following a police operation, following complaints from neighbors, to shut down the wedding of an ultra-Orthodox family held in a private house in the Jerusalem area, with dozens of guests in violation of the law prohibiting this during the pandemic lock-down.

Haredim dictating Israel's COVID-19 response

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Haredi sector is leading Israel toward bankruptcy

A recent Haaretz article underscores how the disregard of significant groups in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community on the issue of restrictions imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19 marks a deadly low point on a path of self-destruction that has been underway for many years, and how Israeli society and government have allowed them to do so.

Haredi sector is leading Israel toward bankruptcy

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Just published: 2020 Israel Religion & State Index

We are proud to present you with Hiddush’s twelfth annual Israel Religion & State Index. The pride and satisfaction are twofold. Firstly, in that we are once again producing a unique survey unparalleled in its scope, continuity, and depth of exploration in all major Israeli religion-state issues.

Just published: 2020 Israel Religion & State Index

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Messing with the Law of Return again

It is important to emphasize that despite the sense of deep crisis and political tension surrounding security, economic, and social issues, religion & state issues have not magically disappeared. To a large extent, it is, in fact, exactly the opposite: The Corona crisis has provided a pretext for new layers of religiom & state battles.

Messing with the Law of Return again

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Hiddush standing up in defense of Chabad

Following demands by Or Yehudah municipal inspectors to local residents to remove a Chabad "Messiah Flag" from their home windows, threatening them with fines if not removed, Hiddush demanded that the municipality retract the illegal demand and ensure that similar measures be avoided in the future.

Hiddush standing up in defense of Chabad

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The lessons of the 9th of Av then & now

Israel and the Jewish World have entered the national fast day of Tisha b’Av, symbolizing the destruction of the First and Second Temples, as well as many other difficult events in Jewish people’s history.

The lessons of the 9th of Av then & now

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Hiddush fighting for gender equality and pluralism

The Jerusalem Municipality deleted the list of synagogues in the city from the municipality's website in order to avoid publicizing non-Orthodox synagogues and non-Jewish houses of worship – Hiddush launching a worldwide petition drive and planning further legal action.

Hiddush fighting for gender equality and pluralism

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Think you're Jewish? Well, think again!

The world is definitely changing, but one thing does not seem to change: The battle for religious freedom and equality in Israel is continuing as if there were no pandemic… clearly and adversely impacting Israelis, as well as American and world Jewry.

Think you're Jewish? Well, think again!

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The “Who is a Jew?” War is Back!

It has not been long since the establishment of Israel’s new government, and issues of religion and state have come to the fore. These explosive issues have toppled governments in the past, and even the last three elections were largely due to the demands of the ultra-Orthodox parties in regards to the drafting of yeshiva students and the matter of “Who is a Jew”.

The “Who is a Jew?” War is Back!

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