The Israeli society is filled with conflicts and tensions: Between Sephardim and Ashkenazim, between Right and Left, and between rich and poor. But one of the deepest rifts relates to state and religion – public transportation on Shabbat, conversion, marriage and divorce, IDF draft and other burning issues.
The past year was also filled with heated debates over religion’s place in the Israeli society, focusing on military conversions, women’s singing in the army, civil marriage, and rabbis’ letters against tenting apartments to Arabs and foreign workers.
Ahead of the Jewish New Year, the Hiddush association for religious freedom and equality released its 2011 State and Religion Index, which looks into public opinions on key issues.
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