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  • Should ultra-Orthodox sector determine Israel's pandemic response?
    Written by Uri Regev on 15/10/2020
    In Israel, response to COVID-19 pandemic is largely dictated by the fragile political reality and the extraordinary weight of the ultra-Orthodox political parties.

  • Hiddush to petition Supreme Court if yeshivas open before state schools
    Written by on 15/10/2020
    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
    Written by Uri Regev on 02/10/2020
    Israeli health authorities are increasingly concerned about the serious coronavirus outbreak among Hasidic groups, amid reports of widespread flouting of health regulations and plans for mass gatherings over the upcoming Sukkot holiday, following such prohibited gatherings over Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.

  • Haredi sector is leading Israel toward bankruptcy
    Written by on 30/09/2020
    A recent Haaretz article underscores how the disregard of significant groups in Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community on the issue of restrictions imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19 marks a deadly low point on a path of self-destruction that has been underway for many years, and how Israeli society and government have allowed them to do so.

  • 2020 Israel Religion & State Index
    Written by on 22/09/2020
    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.

  • 2020 Israel Religion & State Index
    Written by on 22/09/2020
    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
    Written by on 27/08/2020
    MK Smotrich's bill seeks to limit the horizons of Judaism and close the gates of conversion to the largest Jewish denominations of the Diaspora

  • Messing with the Law of Return again
    Written by on 27/08/2020
    It is important to emphasize that despite the sense of deep crisis and political tension surrounding security, economic, and social issues, religion & state issues have not magically disappeared. To a large extent, it is, in fact, exactly the opposite: The Corona crisis has provided a pretext for new layers of religiom & state battles.

  • Minister Yankelevich, what about religious freedom for Israelis?
    Written by Uri Regev on 27/08/2020
    Speaking about the growing efforts at restricting kosher slaughter and circumcision rites in Europe, as well as litigation initiated at the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg, brought by Orthodox leadership to challenge the legality of such restrictive legislation, Minister Yankelevich spoke last week at the Knesset.

  • Religion and State issues not pushed under the rug
    Written by Uri Regev on 13/08/2020
    It is critically important to understand that despite the sense of urgency regarding Israel’s political, security and health concerns, issues of religion and state have not been pushed under the rug. They continue to be at the forefront of political controversy and in the headlines.

  • Israelis turn away from marrying in the Rabbinate
    Written by Uri Regev on 13/08/2020
    Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) recent release shows that while the Jewish population in Israel grows, the number of couples that marry under the auspices of the Chief Rabbinate is significantly and consistently dropping!

  • Hiddush takes on enlistment and the IDF
    Written by on 13/08/2020
    In recent weeks, Hiddush has been dealing intensively with a number of issues related to enlistment and the army, some of which have already matured to the point of filing lawsuits, some of which are follow-ups on Hiddush’s past litigation, and in some cases we are going through the legal pre-litigatory steps that will allow us to pursue litigation in the future if necessary.

  • Hiddush standing up in defense of Chabad
    Written by on 13/08/2020
    Following demands by Or Yehudah municipal inspectors to local residents to remove a Chabad "Messiah Flag" from their home windows, threatening them with fines if not removed, Hiddush demanded that the municipality retract the illegal demand and ensure that similar measures be avoided in the future.

  • Hiddush standing up in defense of Chabad
    Written by on 13/08/2020
    Following demands by Or Yehudah municipal inspectors to local residents to remove a Chabad "Messiah Flag" from their home windows, threatening them with fines if not removed, Hiddush demanded that the municipality retract the illegal demand and ensure that similar measures be avoided in the future.

  • High Court override bill swatted down in Knesset - why?
    Written by Uri Regev on 05/08/2020
    Lawmakers overwhelmingly voted down a bill Wednesday that would have limited the High Court of Justice’s power to strike down laws, after MKs from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party abstained from voting on the opposition measure.

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