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January 8, 2015
“Some people just can’t take a joke”
December 22, 2014
Israel’s marriage police must end
Everyone knows that Israel’s Jewish-Orthodox-controlled marriage system must change. But while activists, lawyers and politicians struggling to reform it have won some important battles in recent......
June 30, 2014
The circumcision decision: A ray of hope for converts
Israel's High Court of Justice overturned on Sunday the highly controversial decision of the Rabbinical Courts to compel a mother to circumcise her son. This landmark decision could be a ray......
May 31, 2014
A few Questions for the One-State Prime Minister
Congratulations. You've won the elections. The year is 2016. The long absence of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, a massive buildup of Israeli settlements throughout the West Bank, and a fragile but enduring unity......
May 29, 2014
Israel’s marriage crisis is not just Israel’s
A major North American Jewish organization is taking a brave and important stand to tackle the marriage crisis in Israel. As Gary Rosenblatt of the Jewish Week reported,......
May 4, 2014
The real problem with the “Jewish State” Basic Law
Last week, PM Netanyahu pledged to promote a constitutional law, dubbed the Basic Law: Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People. The Basic Law would declare the......
January 9, 2014
Circumcision by default?
The Israeli High Court of Justice is once again deliberating a case that goes to the very heart of Israel’s character as a Jewish state. A few months ago,......
December 10, 2013
The dangers of “leave human rights to the courts”
It’s not just about the asylum seekers. A state that does battle with its own Supreme Court over human rights plays a dangerous game. The new amendment to the Prevention......
November 21, 2013
Why would liberal Jews resort to censorship!?
Israel’s High Court of Justice issued a highly unconventional order on Wednesday, agreeing to hear a petition against Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein for his failure to prosecute several radical......
November 13, 2013
Religious coercion for the sake of the children
Two recent cases demonstrate religious coercion in Israel: In one case, a rabbinical court in Netanya ordered a child to undergo a brit (circumcision) against the wishes of the child’s......
October 30, 2013
Hardly a Revolution – the Tzohar Law and the possible backlash
On Monday the Knesset passed a small but significant amendment known as the Tzohar Law to allow Jewish couples to register for marriage in any of the religious councils......
October 24, 2013
Taking annexation seriously
As the Palestinian State grows ever more remote, and there is a growing voice among Israelis to abandon the two-state option and annex the West Bank to Israel. The......
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