freedom of religion in israel

Flags of the United States and Israel
Israelis want American Jewish help in promoting religious pluralism

As it does every year, the survey found that Jewish Israelis are far more liberal on religious issues than their government.

By BEN SALES/JTA
06/09/2018
An illustration by Pepe Fainberg
Freedom of religion

My concern is the guarantee of freedom of religion. The lack of that freedom makes us – ironically – the only nation in the free world in which complete freedom of religion does not exist for Jews.

By RABBI REUVEN HAMMER
19/08/2018
The Rabbinical Court of Tel Aviv
It happened to my family. It can happen to yours.

“It’s sad and so unfair. Did you see how proud she was tonight? But unless someone figures out how to fix things she’s going to wake up one day and find out...”

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Capital’s First Station complex won’t close on Shabbat

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who has opposed closing the complex on Shabbat but could not muster a majority against it, said he was pleased by the Regional Committee’s decision.

The state comptroller’s report and religious services

Let us hope that by the next state comptroller’s report, we will have succeeded in democratizing Israel’s religious establishment by giving greater control of religious affairs to local communities.

24/05/2018
female soldier
WATCH: Did the IDF bow to religious pressure by removing women’s video?

The video has a voiceover by female soldiers repeating frequent claims by rabbis in the religious Zionist movement, such as that women have no physical strength.

Ashdod mayor: City to stop fining shops open on Shabbat

The mayor explained, as he has in the past, that a ruling by the Ashdod Magistrate’s Court has forced the city to enforce its 1976 bylaw regulating businesses opening on Shabbat.

Church of Holy Sepulchre issue being used to clobber Israel

Although the doors to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre have been closed in past, Safadi said the church was closed “for the first time in over 1,000 years."

26/02/2018
Shabbat candles
‘Religious coercion vs. religious conviction’

By inspiring love, we must attempt to express the glories of Shabbat. And love means accepting with love even those who decide to reject the laws of Shabbat.

The Jewish-only kibbutz of Katzir, in nothern Israel
Jewish nation-state bill runs into trouble with exclusionary towns clause

The 'separate communities' clause in the bill says that ''the state has the right to allow a community, including of one religion or nationality to establish a separate communal town.”

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