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  • The Knesset dissolves, but the battle for religious reform continues

    1 week ago

    When the 19th Knesset was sworn in on March 18, 2013, it marked only the second time in 29 years that a new coalition was formed without any of the Haredi parties. A record 48 new members of the Knesset were sworn in that day, vowing to revolutionize the system including the...

  • Biggest takeaway from 2014 Israel Index is support for freedom

    October 1, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    The challenge of religious freedom and equality in Israel is central to Israel’s well-being and its partnership with the Jewish people. While hardly anyone among the American-Jewish leadership has denied the desirability of religious freedom, many have attempted to avoid the issue,...

  • Must my boss’s religious freedom trump my own?

    By Maya Paley

    July 17, 2014 | 12:02 pm

    On June 30, the United States Supreme Court enabled business owners to make decisions about their employees’ religious freedoms and reproductive and healthcare rights. The court once again expanded the powers of corporations in this country when it allowed Hobby Lobby, a for-profit...

  • U.S. birth control ruling fuels battle over corporate rights

    July 1, 2014 | 11:32 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court has opened up a new front in the battle over corporate rights by ruling that family-owned and other closely held corporations can mount religious objections to government action.

    Monday's decision came in a case in which companies sought an exemption to a...

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  • German court ruling on circumcision riles Jewish community

    June 27, 2012 | 10:54 am

    Germany’s top Jewish leader called on the federal Parliament “to ensure religious freedom” following a Cologne court ruling that said circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to grievous bodily harm.

    Though Monday’s decision by the District Court of Cologne does...

  • Sheriff Lee Baca previews House panel testimony at ACLU “People’s Hearing”

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 9, 2011 | 1:05 am

    On Thursday, March 10, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will testify before the first in a series of hearings on radicalization in the American Muslim community. Organized by Peter King, a Republican Congressman from New York and the chairman of the House’s Committee on Homeland...

  • Report: Respect for religious freedom down in Israel; Grandfather, mother charged in girl's murder

    September 24, 2008 | 11:38 pm

    Report: Respect for Religious Freedom Fell in Israel

    Respect for religious freedom in Israel has declined, according to a new U.S. State Department report.

    An increase in "societal abuses and discrimination" against "some evangelical Christian groups as well as Messianic Jews" has...

  • We Are Grateful to the Jewish People

    By President George W. Bush

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The following is an excerpt from the speech President Bush gave on Sept. 14 at the national dinner celebrating 350 years of Jewish life in America at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

    ....I'm honored to accept this medal commemorating three and a half centuries of...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Senate Makes Malaysian Aid Conditional

    The U.S. Senate made military aid to Malaysia conditional on religious freedom, including greater tolerance of Jews. On Monday, the Senate passed an amendment to its foreign aid spending bill that would require a State Department...

  • Challenge Begins for Shinui

    By Leslie Susser

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    After Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the biggest winner in Israel's election would appear to be Yosef "Tommy" Lapid, head of the staunchly secular Shinui Party. In just its second election, Shinui more than doubled its strength Tuesday, jumping from six to 15 Knesset seats to become...

  • World Briefs

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Israel: U.S. Didn't Help

    Israel denied a newspaper report that the CIA helped Israel track down a smuggled arms shipment. "This operation was purely blue and white," said a spokeswoman for the Israeli military, referring to the colors of Israel's flag. Citing unnamed U.S....

  • Serious Play

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    We call it the Festival of Lights, but Chanukah starts in a very dark place.

    It begins with two stories, each very serious. One tells of a severely outnumbered band of Jews who fought a powerful enemy for religious freedom. And there's the other, even more painful tale of Jew vs....

  • Religion and the State

    By Ruth Stroud

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    What rights would a yarmulke-wearing child have in a public school that decides to prohibit hats on campus? What about a group of Jewish inmates who want to light Chanukah candles when a regulation clearly bans fire of any kind inside a prison? Or a synagogue or church that wishes...
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