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Closed Society: February 24, 2013

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A talk by book illustrator Yossi Abulafia at the Sinai religious school in Ashkelon was cancelled after Abulafia refused to agree to the principal’s request to wear a kipa (yarmulke).

(Hebrew – mynet)

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February 24th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

State and Religion: February 11, 2013

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Ten women who participated in a monthly prayer at the Western Wall while wrapping themselves in a tallit were arrested and held for questioning, and a temporary restraining order from the Western Wall was issued against some of them. (Haaretz)

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February 11th, 2013 at 9:40 am

State and Religion: December 21, 2012

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The Haifa Municipal Rabbinate sent out letters to banquet halls in the city, threatening to revoke their kashrut certificate if they host New Year celebrations.

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December 21st, 2012 at 4:17 pm

State and Religion: December 19, 2012

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The police has tightened the limitations placed on female worshippers from the association “Women of the Wall”, who are now no longer allowed to enter the wall square while carrying a Siddur (prayer book), Torah book, or a Tallit (prayer shawl).  In addition, they have been barred from singing out loud in the square.  Female worshippers who did not adhere to the new restrictions were arrested. (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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December 19th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Economy and Society: June 25, 2012

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Magen David Adom ["Red Star of David", Israel's emergency aid association] has set up a panel of Rabbis to oversee its work and the way in which men and women are integrated into the organization. (Haaretz)

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June 25th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

State and Religion: April 30, 2012

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A number of observant employees of the Bank of Israel left a Memorial Day ceremony held at by the bank in protest over the performance of singer Shuli Natan.  Other employees chose not to attend the ceremony for the same reason.

(Hebrew - nrg)

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April 30th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Local Government: April 23, 2012

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Nazareth Illit mayor Shimon Gapso demanded the removal of Russian language signs hung in the city, claiming that they are missionary in nature and are offensive to the Jewish public.

(Hebrew - Mynet)

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April 23rd, 2012 at 9:39 pm

State and Religion: March 19, 2012

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The Ministry of Transportation ordered the Hebrew University’s Student Union to halt operation of Friday evening shuttles from dorms to the center of Jerusalem. (JPost)

(Hebrew - Mynet)

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March 19th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

State and Religion: March 1‎‏9‏‎, 2012‎

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The Transportation Ministry has ordered the student union at the Hebrew University to discontinue the shuttle service from the dormitories to the city center on Friday evenings.

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March 19th, 2012 at 11:03 am

Military and Security Forces: January 9, 2012

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Students and soldiers from the Hesder Yeshivas [?] have called on IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz to reconsider his order to forbid religious troops from leaving official ceremonies which include women singing.

 

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January 9th, 2012 at 11:40 am