The centrality granted to the Jewish component over the democratic one in the constitutional identity of the state and the increasing influence of religion on the lives of Israelis make defining Judaism all the more important
Dr. Friedman is a lecturer at the Law School of the Peres Academic Center.
Rabbis outside the Reform and Conservative movements rarely deal with Jewish-values issues such as the asylum seekers and treatment of the Palestinians
The assumption that we can depend on the High Court of Justice to change the status quo on state and religion may soon be exposed as unfounded
Use the common threads and customs binding Judaism and Islam as a tool for connection
A country that comes to a standstill for one whole day and doesn’t derive anything significant from it is missing the point
One of the Chief Rabbinate’s two significant monopolies – kashrut, the other being marriage – has now been broken
Will Hillary Clinton cut U.S. military aid to Israel because of a mikveh in Jerusalem? It's unlikely. But there is no doubt that as president, that subject will land on her desk.
The temporary status of the occupation cannot be used to impede the resolution of the distorted legal situation in the West Bank.
Today there are many Orthodox alternatives for conversion; people have had it with the Rabbinate’s monopoly in areas like marriage, divorce and conversion.
There is no community in Israel today that accepts the authority of the Chief Rabbinate.
Israel's Chief Rabbinate needs to be reborn as a mirror of the diversity of Jewish life in Israel – including the non-Orthodox - rather than being infamous for its dirty wars of succession.
Israel is not free of mistakes, injustice and inequality. But a chasm lies between these and the institutionalized, calculated, ideological racial segregation of the South Africa regime.