Search results for tag "Israel"

  • After Kotel compromise, dramatic changes still needed
    Written by Uri Regev on 03/02/2016
    The progress made over the Kotel should convince communal leaders that we need to further engage in the religion-state clash, and that Israelis need support in advancing the Jewish state’s own core founding principles of religious freedom and equality for all.

  • How to most effectively advocate for religious freedom and equality in Israel
    Written by Uri Regev on 26/01/2016
    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?

  • Chief Rabbi Lau's blatant anti-pluralism hypocrisy
    Written by Uri Regev on 16/12/2015
    Last week, Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau publicly rebuked Naftali Bennett, Israel’s minister of education and Diaspora affairs. Bennett’s religious sin, per Lau, was visiting the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, and tweeting an enthusiastic reflection of the school and the love for Israel and Judaism that he had seen there.

  • Chief Rabbi Lau publicly anti-Diaspora Judaism
    Written by Uri Regev on 13/12/2015
    It is difficult to conceive of a greater contradiction than that between Chief Rabbi David Lau’s outrageous statement last week, lashing out at Education Minister Naftali Bennett’s visit to the Conservative Movement’s Schechter School in Manhattan, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s welcome declaration at last month’s General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, where he stated that he would “ensure that all Jews – Reform, Conservative and Orthodox – feel at home in Israel.”

  • 2014 Religion and State Index first edition
    Written by on 01/09/2015
    This year's Index bears a clear and crucial message for world Jewry: More than two-thirds (67%) of Israeli Jews support joint efforts between Israel and world Jewry to help Israel advocate for freedom of marriage.

  • Support for public transporation on Shabbat at highest level ever
    Written by on 01/05/2015
    What gives Israel its Jewish character? Is it liberty, justice and peace, as taught by the Hebrew Prophets, or is it the lack of public transportation on Shabbat, which greatly restricts the weakest sectors of Israeli society?

  • Support for public transporation on Shabbat at highest level ever
    Written by on 01/05/2015
    What gives Israel its Jewish character? Is it liberty, justice and peace, as taught by the Hebrew Prophets, or is it the lack of public transportation on Shabbat, which greatly restricts the weakest sectors of Israeli society?

  • Ultra-Orthodox parties' history of voters' faith manipulation
    Written by on 22/12/2014
    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 celebrates Israeli independence and great strides for gender equality
    Written by on 04/05/2014
    Israel's Day of Indepedence in 2014 marks the 66th anniversary of the date when Israel's founding promise of "freedom of religion and conscience" was declared in the Israeli Declaration of Independence. Hiddush is still work tirelessly to help Israel in fully realizing that promise.

  • The American Jewish Committee workshop: A step of exceptional importance
    Written by on 06/02/2014
    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 calls on Minister Lapid to keep tabs on Rabbi Pinto's earnings
    Written by on 19/01/2014
    Hiddush CEO calls on Israeli Finance Minister to increase supervision over funds flowing into the pockets of "Rabbis of the Stars" to prevent further criminal actions.

  • Rabbi Mark Levin: Citizen or Consumer?
    Written by on 09/01/2014
    Rabbi Mark Levin of Congregation Beth Torah in Overland Park, Kansas shares his 5772/2002 Rosh Hashanah drasha about the obligation of American Jewry to take a stake in Israeli affairs- specifically regarding religion and state.

  • Rabbi Lisa Hochberg-Miller: What American Jews Can Do for Israeli Pluralism
    Written by on 25/12/2013
    Rabbi Hochberg-Miller, from Temple Beth Torah in Ventura, CA writes about the story of Sara and Tzachi, a couple from Israel who had to leave their country to marry only because of Sarah's Conservative conversion.

  • Hiddush advocates for religious freedom in the Davis Cup
    Written by on 18/08/2013
    Israeli Tennis Association agreed to compensate the Beligan Tennis Association more than $13,000 to avoid playing on Yom Kippur. Rabbi Uri Regev: The tournament scheduling must respect freedom of religious expression.

  • Israeli religious establishment is internationally highlighted for its excessive corruption
    Written by on 05/08/2013
    The Global Corruption Barometer found that 73% of Israelis perceive the religious establishment to be either corrupt or extremely corrupt. In the rest of the world, religious institutions are the least corrupt. What does this say about religion in Israel?

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