Search results for tag " Naftali Bennett"

  • The Haredi vitriol: An ongoing saga
    Written by Uri Regev on 14/10/2021
    In the last newsletter, we wrote about “the obsession that characterizes the attitude of the ultra-Orthodox parties towards the non-Orthodox denominations in particular, and to freedom of religion and Jewish pluralism in general.”

  • Will Jewish leadership continue looking the other way?
    Written by Uri Regev on 04/08/2021
    The world media, from Washington DC to Burkina Faso, French Guinea and the Arab world covered the phenomenon of the most prominent athlete in Israel today, who won a gold medal for the State of Israel and sweeping praise from the heads of state; but is not allowed by his country to marry his girlfriend because it placed the control of marriage in Israel in the hands of the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate.

  • ‘Tzviut’ – not ‘tzniut’! (Hypocrisy, not modesty)
    Written by Uri Regev on 29/11/2016
    The first business conference organized by the ultra-Orthodox newspaper Hamodia, Agudat Israel’s organ, took place last week. So who was not invited? Not a single woman – neither as a speaker nor as an attendee.

  • Contradictory messages exuding from the State of Israel to Diaspora Jewry
    Written by Uri Regev on 21/08/2016
    This week, two reports were published in the media, which directly contradicted Israeli Minister of Diaspora Affairs and Education Naftali Bennett's words just last month: "The State of Israel belongs to all the Jews of the world.

  • Religious politicians abuse their authority
    Written by Uri Regev on 28/01/2016
    The Education Ministry has frozen budgeted funds for non-Orthodox and secular education initiatives. The religious politicians abuse their authority, and pour millions into one-sided brainwashing efforts. It’s time for Israeli and Diaspora leaderships to declare: Judaism, pluralism, Jewish Peoplehood and democracy are too important to be left at the mercy of sectarian interests,

  • Chief Rabbi Lau's blatant anti-pluralism hypocrisy
    Written by Uri Regev on 16/12/2015
    Last week, Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau publicly rebuked Naftali Bennett, Israel’s minister of education and Diaspora affairs. Bennett’s religious sin, per Lau, was visiting the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, and tweeting an enthusiastic reflection of the school and the love for Israel and Judaism that he had seen there.

  • Chief Rabbi Lau publicly anti-Diaspora Judaism
    Written by Uri Regev on 13/12/2015
    It is difficult to conceive of a greater contradiction than that between Chief Rabbi David Lau’s outrageous statement last week, lashing out at Education Minister Naftali Bennett’s visit to the Conservative Movement’s Schechter School in Manhattan, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s welcome declaration at last month’s General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, where he stated that he would “ensure that all Jews – Reform, Conservative and Orthodox – feel at home in Israel.”

  • 'Jewish Home' Party exerted pressure upon local pols: Appoint our people
    Written by on 03/11/2014
    The Knesset Interior Committee held a meeting to investigate accusations that the Jewish Home party led by Religious Services Minister Naftali Bennett exerted undue pressure upon local politicians to grant political favors to Jewish Home Party supporters by appointing them to administrate local religious councils.

  • Reserve combat soldier returns from war protesting that he cannot marry his fiancée because of Orthodox marriage monopoly
    Written by on 11/08/2014
    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!

  • Hiddush gets to the root problem in the Ministry of Religious Services's alleged "Kashrut Revolution"
    Written by on 03/02/2014
    Hiddush VP Shahar Ilan voices his concern of the reforms that the Ministry of Religious Services proposed for Israel's kosher supervision and certification business.

  • For MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni, Hiddush is all things he hates: freedom, pluralism, and equality
    Written by on 01/09/2013
    Once again MK Moshe Gafni provides a clear indicator that even though he may not like it, Hiddush is making progress towards a pluralistic and civil society in Israel.

  • The Mendelblit-Bennett plan for Western Wall perpetuates gender and religious discrimination
    Written by on 01/09/2013
    Hiddush CEO Rabbi Uri Regev swiftly responded to the Ministry of Religious Services' newly-installed prayer platform under the Western Wall plaza as a danger to Israel's own interests.

  • Livni, Bennett call for one chief rabbi instead of two
    Written by on 25/07/2013
    Ministers vow to unite Sephardi, Ashkenazi chief rabbis into a single position, detach chief rabbinate from religious courts

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