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A Missed Opportunity to Support Secular Life in Israel

A Missed Opportunity to Support Secular Life in Israel

The rabbinate sees itself as waging a culture war, and it has been winning. Since the state’s founding rabbinic power thwarts the development of a secular conception of citizenship. Hiddush polled Israeli Jews and found that 71% support the freedom to marry and divorce independent of the Orthodox rabbinate.


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71% Israeli Jews attach importance to marriage & divorce freedom

71% Israeli Jews attach importance to marriage & divorce freedom

60% of the Jewish Israeli public supports the involvement of American Jewish organizations in advancing marriage freedom in Israel. There is no doubt that for Israelis – breaking the yoke of the fundamentalist Orthodox Rabbinate in marriage and divorce is a top priority among the religion/state battles. Israelis welcome American Jewish partnership in advancing this cause, both for the sake of Israel and for the sake of world Jewry!

Will the Pew Israel Report Open our Eyes?

Will the Pew Israel Report Open our Eyes?

Rabbi Uri Regev presents his first impressions of the 2016 Pew report on Israel's Religiously Divided Society. His intimate familiarity with the subject matter and the population surveyed provide him a unique prism, which served him in assessing the report.

71% of Israeli Jews: Rabbinate's monopoly distances Jews from Judaism

71% of Israeli Jews: Rabbinate's monopoly distances Jews from Judaism

Not only is the denial of the freedom to marry antithetical to core democratic principles, but it also undermines Jewish interests. 71% of the Israeli Jewish public maintain that the Chief Rabbinate's and the rabbinical courts' monopoly over marriage and divorce distances Jews from Judaism.

How to most effectively advocate for religious freedom and equality in Israel

How to most effectively advocate for religious freedom and equality in Israel

What advocacy strategy should supporters of religious freedom in Israel pursue? How should we set our policy priorities? How meaningful are Prime Minister Netanyahu's promises to Diaspora Jewry?

Hiddush presents: Marriage freedom by the numbers

Hiddush presents: Marriage freedom by the numbers

Hiddush released its new presentation titled, 'Marriage Freedom in Israel: by the Numbers,' which provides answers to the questions most often asked about the condition of marriage freedom in Israel, and related issues. Shahar Ilan, the Hiddush VP of Research and Information, presented the data at the meeting of the Knesset's Peoplehood, Religion, & State Caucus.

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.

Israeli news series demonstrates the urgency of freedom of marriage

Israeli news series demonstrates the urgency of freedom of marriage

Israel's Channel 10 News ran a four-part series about the issue of marriage in Israel and the Chief Rabbinate's monopoly over this basic right. The timing and content serve as a major boost for efforts for freedom of marriage.

D'var Torah for Parashat Re'eh: Thou shalt fight racism!

D'var Torah for Parashat Re'eh: Thou shalt fight racism!

Rabbi Uri Regev writes about the weekly torah portion in relation to recent events that endanger both Judaism and democracy in Israel

Reserve combat soldier returns from war protesting that he cannot marry his fiancée because of Orthodox marriage monopoly

Reserve combat soldier returns from war protesting that he cannot marry his fiancée because of Orthodox marriage monopoly

Yet another heartbreaking story about an Israeli couple unable to marry in Israel because of the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate's monopoly on marriage. The answer is simple: freedom of marriage!

Finance Minister Yair Lapid: Israel cannot be the only western country without religious freedom

Finance Minister Yair Lapid: Israel cannot be the only western country without religious freedom

The Israeli Finance Minister spoke at the Israeli Reform Movement's 50th Anniversary and renewed his commitment to religious freedom and denominational equality.

Forced to marry abroad: A personal perspective on Israel's marriage crisis

Forced to marry abroad: A personal perspective on Israel's marriage crisis

The lack of civil marriage and recongition of non-Orthodox marriage leaves hundreds of thousands of Israelis without any option to actualize their basic right to marriage. Millions more are forced to partake in a ceremony incongruent with their beliefs.

Professor Aharon Barak: Israel's marriage laws are a clear violation of basic human rights

Professor Aharon Barak: Israel's marriage laws are a clear violation of basic human rights

Hiddush publishes excerpts from the former Israeli Supreme Court Chief Justice's forthcoming book on human dignity and constitutional rights. Professor Barak emphasizes that the Israel's marriage laws constitute a clear infringement of basic constitutional rights.

Media Review: A significant rise in reporting on Israel's marriage crisis

Media Review: A significant rise in reporting on Israel's marriage crisis

In the past few months, thanks to cooperative efforts between Hiddush and other like-minded organizations in Israel and America, the issue of freedom of marriage has been extensively covered in Israeli and international media.

Huffington Post Op-ed: Why Is It so Difficult for Jews to Marry in Israel?

Huffington Post Op-ed: Why Is It so Difficult for Jews to Marry in Israel?

Rabbi Uri Regev writes in the Huffington Post about the launching of the Freedom of Marriage World Map and Israel's severe restrictions on marriage.

In Hiddush's Freedom of Marriage World Map, Israel receives

In Hiddush's Freedom of Marriage World Map, Israel receives "0" for religious monopoly and severe restrictions on marriage.

45 countries, including Israel, received a grade of "0" due to severe restrictions on freedom of marriage. Hiddush CEO Rabbi Uri Regev: We cannot miss this historic opportunity for freedom of marriage in Israel.

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