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What does it mean for Israel to be a Jewish state?

What does it mean for Israel to be a Jewish state?

Israeli Independence Day celebrations are almost upon us, and the divisions over the identity of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state are greater than ever before.


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Hiddush Polling: Majority of Secular Israelis unopposed to freedom of marriage

Hiddush Polling: Majority of Secular Israelis unopposed to freedom of marriage

Hiddush releases public opinion statistics on freedom of marriage on the eve of Knesset lobby for Civil Equality and Pluralism. Rabbi Regev, Hiddush CEO: "We should not miss this historic opportunity created the recent elections to establish civil marriage in Israel."

The Rabbi Miri Gold Case Demystified

The Rabbi Miri Gold Case Demystified

In this major achievment of Israel's move toward recognition of non-Orthodox rabbis, we must be careful to address challenges posed, and the road ahead.

Human Rights Day in Israel

Human Rights Day in Israel

As we reflect on Human Rights Day, we are reminded of the dire need of Israel to acknowledge its failure in ensuring those promised in both the International Declaration of Human Rights and the Declaration of Independence of Israel itself.

Jeffrey Goldberg shows “How Israel Can Stop Alienating American Jews”

Jeffrey Goldberg shows “How Israel Can Stop Alienating American Jews”

Jeffrey Goldberg suggests several ideas as to “How Israel Can Stop Alienating American Jews”, including showing respect for diverse Jewish expression and ending ultra-Orthodox discrimination

Tzohar Rabbis Disingenuous In Their Campaign

Tzohar Rabbis Disingenuous In Their Campaign

Tzohar’s “victory for the Jewish People” is not in keeping with the pluralistic reality of the Jewish community in the United States from whom they have requested support.

Supreme Court Petition to Allow Civil Marriage

Supreme Court Petition to Allow Civil Marriage

Hiddush CEO Rabbi Uri Regev remarks “The reality which denies the basic human right of marriage to hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens is intolerable.”

Knesset Nixes Civil Marriage

Knesset Nixes Civil Marriage

Ahead of the Wednesday event and vote, the NGO Hiddush: For Religious Freedom and Equality released a study it commissioned which shows two-thirds of the Jewish population in Israel are in favor of enabling civil marriage in Israel – although only one-third would marry in such a ceremony, were it to become an option.

Hiddush Shows two-thirds of Israelis Support Civil Marriage

Hiddush Shows two-thirds of Israelis Support Civil Marriage

Researchers Drs. Guy Ben-Porat and Yariv Feniger posit that because there is a gap between support for civil marriage and personal interest in having a civil marriage, major political parties do not promote the issue. Hiddush CEO Rabbi Regev: “Leading up to elections, people need to demand that the political party leaders commit themselves to…carry out a civil revolution, including freedom of choice in marriage”

Israelis Can Marry By Proxy

Israelis Can Marry By Proxy

High Court continues to pave way towards civil marriage in Israel

Human Rights And The Supreme Court

Human Rights And The Supreme Court

Israel has never had a constitution and has relied on its Declaration of Independence and judges to maintain equality

Changing From Religious To Civil Marriages

Changing From Religious To Civil Marriages

A comparative study for transitioning from religious to civil marriage systems

Civil Marriage In Israel

Civil Marriage In Israel

More than 5% of Israelis cannot get married in the State. Among them non-Halachic Jews, illegitimate children, abandoned wives, etc. Civil marriage is an option Israel continues to ignore

Religious coercion in Israel escalating

Religious coercion in Israel escalating

U.S. State Department report on religious freedom worldwide finds increase in religious coercion, discrimination, and violence in Israel. Reports: Validity of 40,000 conversions in doubt, 360,000 new immigrants cannot get married

Rabbi wants marriage age lowered to 15

Rabbi wants marriage age lowered to 15

Rabbi Idan: "Girls who do not want to study or work are a burden to the household,"

The Conversion Law Fraud

The Conversion Law Fraud

The conversion law proposal that was supposed to help immigrants from the former Soviet Union has undergone changes which only strengthen the monopoly of the Chief Rabbinate. How the mighty have fallen.

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