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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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79% Israelis oppose laws to legalize draft dodging by yeshiva students

79% Israelis oppose laws to legalize draft dodging by yeshiva students

A new survey reveals how strongly the Israeli public is opposed to the demand of the ultra-Orthodox parties to pass a new 'Basic Law: Torah study', as well as an amendment to the Defense Service Law to legalize the continued draft dodging of most yeshiva students.

Nearing the point of explosion!

Nearing the point of explosion!

"The storm is rising," I wrote recently. Now, I can definitely say that the situation is nearing the point of explosion! Also, this time, it is clear that the religion-state clash is an integral part of the approaching explosion.

New polling reaffirms Hiddush finding.

New polling reaffirms Hiddush finding.

The January 2018 issue of the monthly Peace Index, published jointly by Tel Aviv University and the Israel Democracy Institute, touches upon key confrontation points along the spectrum of religion-state issues on the public's and political class's minds at this time.

A constitutional bill to define Torah study as a form of national service

A constitutional bill to define Torah study as a form of national service

Today's news sheds light on a new effort by the Haredi parties to permanently avoid requiring their adherents to equally shoulder the burden of national security.

The number of Haredi yeshiva students has fallen for the past 5 years

The number of Haredi yeshiva students has fallen for the past 5 years

According to the Ministry of Education, the rise in the number of ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students has stopped, holding steady at approximately 70,000. The percentage of ultra-Orthodox men studying full-time in yeshivas dropped over the course of recent years from 61% to 50%.

2015 Religion & State Index - support for religious freedom rises

2015 Religion & State Index - support for religious freedom rises

The good news, illuminated by the 2015 Israel Religion & State Index, is the continually increasing Israeli public support for freedom of religion and equality of burden. The bad news is the gaping divide between the public’s will on matters of religion and state and the Government’s coalition agreements.

Hiddush report exposes Israeli government's misleading claims about ultra-Orthodox enlistment to the IDF

Hiddush report exposes Israeli government's misleading claims about ultra-Orthodox enlistment to the IDF

Contrary to the claims of Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Peri, Hiddush's report demonstrates that the number of IDF recruits plummeted by close to 50% in the first half of 2014.

Religion's pervasive role in Operation Protective Edge

Religion's pervasive role in Operation Protective Edge

Operation Protective Edge was accompanied by several occurences that signify opportunities for progress as well as serious challenges that must be addressed.

The Haredi Draft Law: Problems and concerns

The Haredi Draft Law: Problems and concerns

Now that the Haredi draft law has been passed and implemented, the Israeli public will slowly realize that there is no equality in this law, only disappointment.

Hiddush releases guide to the Equality in Sharing the Burden Law: Nothing but defects and exemptions

Hiddush releases guide to the Equality in Sharing the Burden Law: Nothing but defects and exemptions

On the eve of the Knesset vote on the ultra-Orthodox draft law, Hiddush presents a guide to the law's defects and call's on the government coalition to send the bill back to the drawing board.

Hiddush slams the Shaked Committee's final product: the exact of opposite of equality in sharing the burden

Hiddush slams the Shaked Committee's final product: the exact of opposite of equality in sharing the burden

As the Shaked Committee's law proposal for the Haredi draft makes its way to the Knesset plenum, Hiddush continues to point out the government coalition's misunderstanding of equality.

The Law for Equality in Sharing the Burden will do exactly the opposite of its intent

The Law for Equality in Sharing the Burden will do exactly the opposite of its intent

As the Shaked Committee finishes up its final touches on preparing the Haredi Draft Law for its final votes in the Knesset, the Israeli public will slowly realize that there is no equality in this law, only dissapointment.

Hiddush heads the opposition against recognizing Chabad's emissary work as Israeli national service

Hiddush heads the opposition against recognizing Chabad's emissary work as Israeli national service

In response to MK Elazar Stern's proposal to include Chabad emissaries in Israel's national service program, Rabbi Regev says: An anti-Zionist movement cannot represent the State of Israel.

Hiddush calls for prevention of peyot-shaving incidents in the IDF

Hiddush calls for prevention of peyot-shaving incidents in the IDF

Push for standardized notification of right to grow side locks comes after at least two haredi soldiers complained in recent months that IDF barbers had shaved their peyot.

Israelis support equality in sharing the burden, but are uncertain about the Peri Law

Israelis support equality in sharing the burden, but are uncertain about the Peri Law

In the 2013 Religion and State Index, a wide majority of Israelis expressed support for drafting ultra-Orthodox men and other significant measures to equally shoulder the national burden.

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