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Israel's theocratic elements becoming more violent and vocal

Israel's theocratic elements becoming more violent and vocal

The formula "Jewish and democratic" remains not only unsettled, but actually serves as a mine field. Frequent explosions occur, for religious extremists feeling constrained do not hesitate to threaten the institutions of the State to have their demands met.

Chief Rabbinate perverting Sukkot with religious bigotry

Chief Rabbinate perverting Sukkot with religious bigotry

Only one year ago, Chief Rabbi Lau self-righteously preached to the Pope, proclaiming Israel's greatness in protection of religious freedom, and now he himself aimed to curtail Christian prayer services in Jerusalem.

Revealing interview with Chief Rabbi David Lau

Revealing interview with Chief Rabbi David Lau

Chief Rabbi David Lau reminds us once again why the mindset of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate is so misguided and objectionable. His manipulative approach is rejected throughout the Jewish diaspora and nowhere throughout the democratic Jewish communities would such “logic” hold water.

Conversion – Time to go beyond the rhetoric

Conversion – Time to go beyond the rhetoric

The leader of the Tzohar rabbinical organization, Rabbi David Stav, and his colleagues threw a shock grenade into the volatile religion/state arena this week.

U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Israel and religious hypocrisy

U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Israel and religious hypocrisy

Even as we celebrate with our brothers and sisters in North America, we are disheartened that only some of the Jewish organizations at the forefront of this battle for equality and defense of marriage have been active or even supportive when it comes to advocating for marriage freedom in Israel.

Sacrificing Israel's economy at the altar of yeshiva studies and politics

Sacrificing Israel's economy at the altar of yeshiva studies and politics

The cataclysmic consequences of the irresponsible policies pursued by most Israeli governments when it comes to the dictates of their religious coalition partners have been reinforced by a major study of Israel’s economy through 2059, published recently by Assaf Geva, a senior Finance Ministry economist.

80% of secular Israeli Jews prefer not to get married via Orthodox Rabbinate

80% of secular Israeli Jews prefer not to get married via Orthodox Rabbinate

The consistent rise in the number of Israeli Jews who would have preferred to marry outside the Orthodox Rabbinate has been monitored in Hiddush’s multi-year polling on freedom of marriage.

Overwhelming majority of voters STILL want Ultra-Orthodox Parties out of coalition

Overwhelming majority of voters STILL want Ultra-Orthodox Parties out of coalition

According to a March 24 poll conducted by Rafi Smith Polling Institute for Hiddush – Freedom of Religion in Israel, 62% of Israelis support a government without the ultra-Orthodox parties; 87% prefer that control of the Knesset Finance Committee be given to Kulanu, rather than United Torah Judaism (UTJ).

The Rabbinate’s animosity toward Christianity

The Rabbinate’s animosity toward Christianity

International acceptance and global Jewish support for Israel as both a Jewish and democratic state must be founded upon respect for all faiths and an embrace of Jewish diversity.

Prepare for the return of the ultra-Orthodox parties

Prepare for the return of the ultra-Orthodox parties

A simple analysis shows that the only significant change between the current government and the next one will be a replacement of the center-right government by a government comprising the right and the ultra-Orthodox parties. The centrist Yesh Atid party, led by former Finance Minister Yair Lapid, and the small HaTenua party led by former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, will be replaced by the United Torah Judaism party and Shas.

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