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Taub Center Report: Israel's Haredim in Higher Education

A recent report by the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel sheds light on another important dimension of the official statistics on Haredim in Higher Education that are so frequently cited by government officials.

Taub Center Report: Israel's Haredim in Higher Education

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Scandal: Chief Rabbi Yosef of Holon convicted

In the last couple days, a new chapter was added to the never ending saga of Israeli religious leaders who view the law as merely a suggestion. Whether for personal benefit or political opportunism, they do not hesitate to deviate from law and common norms.

Scandal: Chief Rabbi Yosef of Holon convicted

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The Kotel controversy - Uri Regev's perspective

Many are following the twists and turns of the Kotel controversy with great interest and often anxiety. While grateful to the Jewish Week for featuring my take on the current state of the controversy, Uri feel that further contextualization is needed.

The Kotel controversy - Uri Regev's perspective

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The religion-state aspects of Israel's Nation-state bill

Next week the Knesset Special Committee on the Nation-State Bill (formally, 'Basic Law: Israel - The Nation-State of the Jewish People') will be deliberating on the revised draft bill, which was initiated by fourteen MKs from the Likud, Jewish Home, Yisrael Beiteinu, and Kulanu parties.

The religion-state aspects of Israel's Nation-state bill

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Hiddush scores victory in Jerusalem district court

Hiddush just scored a victory in the Jerusalem District Court in a freedom-of-information case, involving a huge amount of governmental grant monies, exceeding one hundred million NIS, provided to mostly Orthodox religious outreach organizations

Hiddush scores victory in Jerusalem district court

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Shana Tova from Hiddush

This has been a very productive week for Hiddush on two fronts: The 2017 Israel Religion & State Index, and the Vision State for a Jewish democratic statement, written by Rabbis Marc Angel and Uri Regev.

Shana Tova from Hiddush

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Court orders Govt to reconsider the Kotel "freeze"

On August 31st, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled on a matter brought by the Reform and Conservative Movements, Women of the Wall, Hiddush and Yisrael Hofshit regarding whether to require the government to adhere to the Kotel agreement.

Court orders Govt to reconsider the Kotel "freeze"

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U.S. State Department Religious Freedom Report

The US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2016, released last week, diplomatically pans the lack of progress by the Israeli government toward increased religious freedom.

U.S. State Department Religious Freedom Report

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How to bring 21% of Haredi households out of poverty

We turn back to addressing one of the key manifestations of the unholy link between religion and the economy. This time, it follows on the publication of a review by the Ministry of Finance's Chief Economist department, according to which increasing participation in the workforce among ultra-Orthodox Jews and Arabs will reduce the poverty level in Israel by 21%.

How to bring 21% of Haredi households out of poverty

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Labor Chair Gabbay: Recognize Reform conversions!

This week Shas leader and Interior Minister Rabbi Aryeh Deri turned to Israel's Attorney General, demanding that the mandatory guidelines regarding the exclusion of women in the public sphere be suspended and reconsidered.

Labor Chair Gabbay: Recognize Reform conversions!

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The Chief Rabbinate's Black List - How to respond

Newly elected Labor party leader Avi Gabbay has made the following public declarations on freedom of marriage, religionization, and public transportation on Shabbat. Will his Labor party finally take a stand?

The Chief Rabbinate's Black List - How to respond

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2/3 Israelis oppose government's Kotel decision

If you weren't on Mars this week, there is high likelihood that you are aware of the fierce storms engulfing Israel and world Jewry under the blazing summer sun. Every self-respecting Jewish organization issued a statement, and the language ranged from dismay to deplore, although most were lacking when it came to taking action.

2/3 Israelis oppose government's Kotel decision

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Support for same-sex marriage/civil unions - record high of 79%!

The amazing results of our recent public opinion survey on same-sex marriage tell of an increasingly liberal Jewish Israeli public, even as the political scene becomes nastier, less tolerant, and less inclusive. We are proud that Hiddush’s data raises tremendous interest around the world, as you can see by the broad media coverage that our survey received.

Support for same-sex marriage/civil unions - record high of 79%!

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The "Calamity of Israel's Independence"

The recent Hiddush survey for Yom Ha'Atzmaut indicates that most of the public aspires to fully realize the Declaration of Independence's promise of freedom of religion and equality for all, rejects the politicization of these fundamental issues, and trusts the Supreme Court.

The "Calamity of Israel's Independence"

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Supreme Court: Tel Aviv shops may open on Shabbat

Israel's High Court of Justice ruled in favor of Tel Aviv’s battle to expand facilities open to the secular public on Shabbat, saying that the municipality can permit mini-markets to operate on the Jewish day of rest.

Supreme Court: Tel Aviv shops may open on Shabbat

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