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Rabbinic and Legal networks fighting for freedom

The outrageous attack on Russian Jews and Russian converts to Judaism by the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yitzchak Yosef, requires a strong rebuke. This kind of hurtful and heartless outburst characterizes the all too frequent statements by Israeli rabbinic figures with state-backed power to use their positions as a bully pulpit.

Rabbinic and Legal networks fighting for freedom

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Chief Rabbi Yosef: "Russian Olim are Goyim!"

Almost every news broadcast in recent days, whether on radio or television, has included a segment on the scandalous statements made by Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, denigrating the olim from the former Soviet Union, as well as the numerous public and political reactions to his vile, violent message.

Chief Rabbi Yosef: "Russian Olim are Goyim!"

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Huge numbers of gentile family members make Aliyah

Hiddush wishes all of you a bright holiday, celebrating the cause of religious freedom. May our elected representatives finally represent the core values of the State of Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State and commit to fully realize religious freedom and equality. It befits the spirit of the holiday of Chanukah and the values of Israel's Declaration of Independence.

Huge numbers of gentile family members make Aliyah

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Where are Israeli Jews now on Religion & State?

The “Status Quo” is an affront to the will of the public: 63% want a civil unity government; 71% support public transportation on the Sabbath; 69% support establishing civil marriage and divorce in Israel

Where are Israeli Jews now on Religion & State?

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Hiddush in the legal trenches

As the legal scene in Israel heats up, mostly characterized by uncertainty as to what's next, and when it will finally settle down, Hiddush continues to actively pursue its legal advocacy.

Hiddush in the legal trenches

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Even the non-Haredi community has values

The last few days have provided us with a striking example of Israel's volatile religion/state terrain, which has consumed considerable media attention: The fight that led to the cancellation of a fundraising concert for Rabbi Avraham Elimelech Firer's NGO Ezra LeMarpeh.

Even the non-Haredi community has values

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"The orthodox status quo in Israel cannot hold any longer"

We were gratified to read a recent op-ed in the popular conservative Canadian National Post written by Cananda’s former Ambassador to Israeli Vivian Bercovici. She subsequently made Aliyah and now resides in Tel Aviv.

"The orthodox status quo in Israel cannot hold any longer"

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Full Report Available: 2019 Religion & State Index

We are proud to share THIS LINK to the 2019 Israel Religion & State Index with you. Hiddush released the Index on Rosh Hashanah eve. However, the translation of the full report into English was completed this week.

Full Report Available: 2019 Religion & State Index

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2019 Israel Religion & State Index and post-election survey

84% Adult Israeli Jews support religious freedom and equality of civic burden; 74% oppose government’s activities in religion-state

2019 Israel Religion & State Index and post-election survey

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Will there be a "Mahapach" [upheaval]?

53% say they are more likely to vote for a party that commits to promote religious freedom and equality of civic burden. 66% say that it is important for them that the party they will vote for advance these values.

Will there be a "Mahapach" [upheaval]?

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68% of Israeli public supports marriage freedom

A large majority of voters for Israel’s civil parties, including the Likud, want freedom of marriage, and given the central role that religion/state issues are playing in the current election campaign - We may be closer than ever before to forming a coalition that will finally grant Israelis this fundamental right.

68% of Israeli public supports marriage freedom

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Hiddush in the Legal Trenches

Hiddush legal advocacy ranges from cases dealing with the abuse of religious IDF draft exemptions for young women to elderly hot dog vendors who legally operate their carts in Jerusalem on Friday night.

Hiddush in the Legal Trenches

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Hiddush's next battle over pluralistic burial in Israel

Hiddush submitted a new petition aimed at further expanding religious freedom in Israel in general and pluralistic burial alternatives in particular.

Hiddush's next battle over pluralistic burial in Israel

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IDF to allow Reform rabbis to conduct military funerals

The IDF and the military Rabbinate will allow Reform rabbis and rabbis of other streams to conduct military burial ceremonies, as well as allow for secular funerals in military cemeteries. This official commitment was made by the attorney representing the State before the Supreme Court at a hearing held today (July 4, 2019) in response to a petition filed by Hiddush for Freedom of Religion and Equality against the IDF.

IDF to allow Reform rabbis to conduct military funerals

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Dramatic developments on Israel's political scene

Dramatic developments following the elections have validated Hiddush's pre- and post-election analysis, although it is not entirely clear yet whether the necessary lessons will be drawn by all.

Dramatic developments on Israel's political scene

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