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Oct 26, 2020, 2:07 PM
Ultra-Orthodox non-compliance rests on fear
The rabbis are assigning higher priority to 'customer retention' than to the clear halakhic imperative to preserve health and life
Oct 9, 2020, 10:46 AM
At the crossroads: The ultra-Orthodox community and Israeli society
The last two weeks and very likely -- the weeks ahead are likely to be one of the most dramatic -- and most seminal -- periods in the history of the State of Israel. Israel’s rates of COVID-19 infection...
Sep 21, 2020, 3:41 PM
Protest is essential during lockdown. So is prayer.
Even if freedom of expression is constitutionally ranked above communal prayer, tipping the scales between them undermines public confidence
Sep 13, 2020, 4:19 PM
Israeli tribalism will be the death of us
The politicians must unite, and work together in a professional, serious manner that leaves no room for rifts and divisiveness in the war against the coronavirus
Jul 1, 2020, 8:29 AM
Conversion: Another unnecessary war of the Jews
In recent days, Israel’s Minister of Interior, Aryeh Deri, has begun advancing a draft bill aimed at reinforcing the Rabbinate’s monopoly on conversion, which has been eroded by High Court rulings. This bill, which comes on top of the...
Jan 19, 2020, 1:25 PM
The Chief Rabbinate of Israel vs. the Jews
Turning 1.2 million Israelis with FSU origins into a state-sanctioned punching bag is intolerable, and calls for radical and immediate change
Dec 31, 2019, 3:03 PM
The decade in review: Religion and state
Israel's once sacrosanct status quo seems less relevant than ever, with the essence of what it means to be a Jewish state in flux and at stake
Sep 26, 2019, 8:04 PM
Jewish or democratic? We mustn’t choose between them
The recent elections were waged to a large extent over the issue of the relations between religion and state. As is often the case in election campaigns, this one exacerbated the already acute tensions that this issue routinely arouses,...
Aug 11, 2019, 9:12 AM
Solidarity is a must for the survival of the Jewish people
In The Jewish War, the historian Josephus Flavius attributes the Jews’ defeat by the Romans and the destruction of Jerusalem to the internal conflicts among the Jews, both outside and especially inside, Jerusalem. Then, as now, the Jewish people...
Jun 7, 2019, 7:24 PM
The Rabbinate’s dangerous embrace of DNA tests for Jewishness
The 'geneticization' of Judaism is not just distasteful, it's a profound deterioration in how we define peoplehood
Dr. Shuki Friedman is director of the Center for Religion, Nation and State at the Israel Democracy Institute and a lecturer in law at the Peres Academic Center.