Religion and State

The 2022 Annual Assessment

The Situation and Dynamics of the Jewish People Project Head: Shmuel Rosner Contributors: Gabriel Abensour, Nadia Beider, Dan Feferman, Shlomo Fischer, Shuki Friedman, Avi Gil, Noa Israeli, Dov Maimon, Steven Popper, John Ruskay, Adar Schieber, Noah Slepkov, Yedidia Stern, Shalom Salomon Wald, Haim Zicherman Editor: Barry Geltman

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Avrechs in a Kollel. Credit: Shtraustock
Opinion Articles

Israel’s Haredi education system needs major reform

I agree with the Haredi point of view. I think that Torah study is an extremely important value and Israel as a Jewish state ought to promote it. And yes, Torah study ought to free young men from military service and the government should even subsidize their livelihood.
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The new Israeli officials seeking to redefine Jewish identity

Religious Zionism’s focus on rebranding Israeli society could test the Jewish state’s already fragile relationship with more liberal Diaspora Jewish communities
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Will the return of the ultra-Orthodox parties to the government curb the integration of the ultra-Orthodox in workforce?

Many believe that the election results closed the door on attempts to integrate the ultra-Orthodox into Israeli society.
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Opinion Articles

A Public Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is a bubble in time; the holiest day of the year; the most meaningful day of all. It is a special, unique, untouched envelope of time, in which the din of urgency gives way to the essential and the profound. It is an opportunity to set aside the explanations and justifications, the “how much” and the “how,” and…
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Rosh Hashanah or January 1st?

When does the year start for Israelis – the first of January or the first of Tishrei? Most of us conduct our daily lives according to the Gregorian (non-Hebrew) calendar and are not aware of the Hebrew date on any given day. Even special personal days, such as birthdays or wedding anniversaries, are usually celebrated on their Gregorian dates. Our…
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Special Reports

Annual assessment for 2022 – main recommendations

The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) Releases 2022 Annual Assessment of the Situation and Dynamics of the Jewish People, Indicators of Jewish Safety and Well-being in Decline Main Recommendations • Diaspora communities (with the assistance of Israel) should prioritize significant Jewish education projects – financially, socially, and institutionally • Philanthropy in Israel, by both individuals and institutions, should be encouraged,…
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High Court Snuffs Out Hope for Tech-Savvy Haredim

One of the most important reforms introduced under the leadership of the communications minister in Israel’s outgoing government pertained to “kosher cell phones.” It may sound boring and esoteric, but the kosher cell phone is one of the draconian tools ultra-Orthodox authorities use to control the haredi public – and to reinforce the walls that divide them from the rest…
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Opinion Articles

High Court Judge Selection is Critical in Israel’s Culture War

The identity of the justices to be appointed is critical to the country’s future, as the court is a key player in the Israeli culture war.
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Opinion Articles

Artem – Brother or Other?

The State of Israel should recognize two parallel paths for the creation of family units: religious marriage and secular civil unions. Thus, Artem would become an equal citizen without tearing the fabric of our shared Israeli society.
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