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Update on COVID-19 and religion

Update on COVID-19 and religion

Two weeks ago, we wrote that we thought that public and media engagement in Israel regarding the connection between the corona plague and the ultra-Orthodox sector had reached a peak, but as it turned out, the two weeks since then have proven us wrong.


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Secular Israelis prefer Arabs over Haredi Jews

Secular Israelis prefer Arabs over Haredi Jews

Data from a new survey published in the media show that while only about half of secular Israelis (53%), were willing to live next door to ultra-Orthodox Israelis, 69% of them are willing to live next to Arabs!

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

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

The state invests NIS 4.4 billion in ultra-Orthodox education, and 84% of the boys studying in ultra-Orthodox post-primary schools are at in institutions where there are no core curricular studies.

Once again – Religion-State conflict irreconcilable

Once again – Religion-State conflict irreconcilable

This week, Israel was confronted once again with compelling evidence that the longtime festering conflict between religion and state in Israel is irreconcilable. Resolving it by removing state authority from Israel’s religious establishment is the only answer.

Haredi sector is leading Israel toward bankruptcy

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.

Messing with the Law of Return again

Messing with the Law of Return again

MK Smotrich's bill seeks to limit the horizons of Judaism and close the gates of conversion to the largest Jewish denominations of the Diaspora

Bibi must tell the truth to his ultra-Orthodox partners

Bibi must tell the truth to his ultra-Orthodox partners

PM Netanyahu and the Treasury find themselves under escalating pressure of the Haredi Coalition partners to increase funding for the Haredi yeshivas.

The Imminent Political/Legal Explosion

The Imminent Political/Legal Explosion

The ultra-Orthodox parties have pushed hard on the Prime Minister in their coalition negotiations. The amendment to the Draft Law is the only issue of religion and state relations that is spelled out in detail, not only in the agreements of the ultra-Orthodox parties with the Likud, but also in the Likud's agreement with Blue & White.

The State of Israel is but a Co-op Board

The State of Israel is but a Co-op Board

Reading the Ultra-Orthodox print and online media one would not have realized that Israel has just marked its most important national holiday, Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Day of Independence) and its only two official memorial days: Yom Hashoah and Yom Hazikaron.

Interview with CEO of UJA Federation New York

Interview with CEO of UJA Federation New York

An interview with Eric Goldstein, CEO of UJA Federation New York [ESG], regarding the complex relationship between American Jewry / the NY Jewish Federation and Israel, the attitude toward Haredim, pluralism, the non-Orthodox streams, religion and state, marriage and ‘Who is a Jew’. Kikar Ha’Shabat representative, Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt, conducted the interview [RBG].

Emergency government and national unity?

Emergency government and national unity?

On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, April 20, a coalition agreement “for the establishment of an emergency and national unity government” was signed between the Likud and Blue & White. We at Hiddush focus on matters of religion and state and the implications of the agreement on the challenges of freedom of religion and equality of civic burden.

What’s behind the spread of Coronavirus among Haredim?

What’s behind the spread of Coronavirus among Haredim?

Since Israel’s Coronavirus-related restrictions were announced, even until last night, it appears that Israel’s ultra-Orthodox population is inclined to ignore the guidelines of the health and police authorities, and there have been many cases of infection reported among this population.

Israeli elections: insights and lessons

Israeli elections: insights and lessons

Hiddush is non-partisan, and it does not take a stand regarding the political clash between the left- and right-wing, and we refrain from endorsing political parties or discouraging people from voting for any particular party. Our focus is solely on the pursuit of religious freedom and equality. With that in mind, some preliminary observations are important as we assess the significance and causes of the election outcome.

Rabbi Meir Mazuz: Supreme Court Justices are beasts and mosquitoes

Rabbi Meir Mazuz: Supreme Court Justices are beasts and mosquitoes

February 17, 2020: Channel 12 exposes the greatly esteemed Rabbi Meir Mazuz attacking the Israeli Supreme Court. This is the very same rabbi that PM Netanyahu courted for support before the Likud primaries!

January 2020 Israeli Voice Index data analysis

January 2020 Israeli Voice Index data analysis

Earlier this week, the Israel Democracy Institute’s important monthly survey was published: the Israeli Voice Index. Looking through the full data set and analyzing it provides additional insights, including in the field of religion and state, which support the findings of Hiddush’s regular public opinion surveys.

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