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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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Shoresh Institution post-election analysis

Last week, Prof. Ben David published a policy brief titled 'Two Wars and Demography: A Long Run View of Israel’s Recent Elections'. Its importance cannot be over-exaggerated. We can only express the hope that leaders and policymakers will take the time to study it carefully.

Shoresh Institution post-election analysis

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Israelis prefer unity gov't w/Likud & Blue-&-White

66% of the public prefers a Likud-Blue-&-White coalition to promote freedom of religion and equality, rather than a narrow government dependent on the ultra-Orthodox.

Israelis prefer unity gov't w/Likud & Blue-&-White

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Elections 2019: The Impact on Religious Freedom

Hiddush provides context and more accurate understanding of what may appear to onlookers from the Diaspora as growing support for the ultra-Orthodox political parties due to the increase from 13 to 16.

Elections 2019: The Impact on Religious Freedom

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Happy 30th Anniversary to Women of the Wall

Hiddush congratulates the Women of the Wall on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of their just struggle and tomorrow's gathering of hundreds of women from around the world to commemorate this special occasion at the Western Wall for Rosh Chodesh Adar.

Happy 30th Anniversary to Women of the Wall

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63% want a civil Coalition without Haredi parties

The political explosion of the past 24 hours changes the political map of the parties that now await the voters’ decision. With the merger of the Israel Resilience party and Yesh Atid party, Prime Minister Netanyahu has an electoral fight on his hands for the first time in years.

63% want a civil Coalition without Haredi parties

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64% undecided voters prioritize religious freedom

64% of undecided voters said that they are more likely to vote for a party that will commit itself to promoting freedom of religion and equality of civic burden. So too, 52% of the adult Jewish public.

64% undecided voters prioritize religious freedom

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Regev Responds: Rabbinate and Marriages in Israel

Rabbi Uri Regev responds to a dramatic press release issued by the Religious Services Ministry, which reveals a “significant decline of 7.5% in the number of couples marrying civilly overseas not according to halacha.”

Regev Responds: Rabbinate and Marriages in Israel

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Money laundering in the ultra-Orthodox world

Both in Israel and in the USA, money laundering is a common phenomenon in the ultra-Orthodox community. Just as MK Rabbi Gafni fought tooth and nail to protect ultra-Orthodox free loan societies from oversight, so too did the American ultra-Orthodox community lobby for the 2018 prison reform law passed by the US Congress and signed by President Trump.

Money laundering in the ultra-Orthodox world

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Haredi employment is down; Haredi poverty is up

The Chief Rabbinate has finally heeded, under threat of litigation, Hiddush's demands regarding their excessive kashrut dictates.

Haredi employment is down; Haredi poverty is up

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Rabbis issue statement: abolish Chief Rabbinate!

As rabbis representing the full spectrum of Jewish denominational life, we no longer expect any flexibility, decency or inclusiveness from a body controlled by a monopoly that represents such a small, fundamentalist sliver of the Jewish rainbow.

Rabbis issue statement: abolish Chief Rabbinate!

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Shaked won: The Jewish has beaten the democratic

The Israeli media has recently been discussing a new ruling by the Supreme Court, in which the Court approved the decision of the Rabbinical Courts regarding the ownership of a residence shared by a couple who are currently going through divorce proceedings.

Shaked won: The Jewish has beaten the democratic

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