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So, who owns Judaism?

So, who owns Judaism?

MK Israel Eichler [United Torah Judaism] had this to say yesterday about the new Labor MK, Rabbi Gilad Kariv when the new MKs were sworn in and the new Knesset launched its anticipated stormy, possibly short lived, term. Kariv was, until recently, the Executive Director of the Israeli Reform Movement, and Eichler’s vitriol is not directed against him personally, but rather against all Judaism’s liberal streams:


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A Four-Way Circus – the Conversion Battle

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The Israeli government's ploy to prevent marriages through consulates

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Transitions Between Religious Groups among Israeli Jews

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Israel-Diaspora consultation by law?

Israel-Diaspora consultation by law?

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Should ultra-Orthodox sector determine Israel's pandemic response?

Should ultra-Orthodox sector determine Israel's pandemic response?

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Hiddush to petition Supreme Court if yeshivas open before state schools

Hiddush to Corona Cabinet and the other relevant authorities: We will appeal to the Supreme Court if you make an exception for ultra-Orthodox education and permit gender discrimination.

Israeli health authorities are increasingly concerned

Israeli health authorities are increasingly concerned

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Haredi sector is leading Israel toward bankruptcy

Haredi sector is leading Israel toward bankruptcy

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2020 Israel Religion & State Index

2020 Israel Religion & State Index

We are proud to present you with Hiddush’s twelfth annual Israel Religion & State Index. This Index is published during a turbulent time in Israel’s history, in which the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its severe impact upon the economy and society are interlaced with the strife-laden and unstable political system.

Messing with the Law of Return again

Messing with the Law of Return again

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Minister Yankelevich, what about religious freedom for Israelis?

Minister Yankelevich, what about religious freedom for Israelis?

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Religion and State issues not pushed under the rug

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Israelis turn away from marrying in the Rabbinate

Israelis turn away from marrying in the Rabbinate

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Hiddush takes on enlistment and the IDF

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