Tikkun

Tikkun Magazine: A Bimonthly Jewish Critique of Politics, Culture and Society is published twice a month by Tikkun Magazine. Founded in June 1986, the publication covers world politics and social issues.

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 1, January/February

A Different Way to Vote Third Party
A Different Way to Vote Third PartyDan Cantor is the WFP's executive director. For more information, call 718-222-3796 or check out www.votewfp.org.This was not an especially exalted electoral season on the American left. Progressives across the country...
A Green Perspective
A Green PerspectiveCharlene Spretnak is a co-founder of the Green Party movement in the United States and is author most recently of The Resurgence of the Real. Her earlier books include Green Politics (coauthor) and The Spiritual Dimension of Green...
An Interview with Adi Ophir
AN INTERVIEW WITH Adi OphirWe asked Adi Ophir, a leading Israeli intellectual and peace activist, to write an analysis for us of the situation in Israel. He replied, "I prefer to invest the little energy I have in writing in Hebrew and trying (usually...
An Interview with Tom Segev
AN INTERVIEW WITH Tom SegevTom Segev is a columnist for Ha'aretz, Israel's leading newspaper, and the author of two now-classic works on the history of Israel, 1949: The First Israelis and The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust. His latest...
Between Apartheid and Peace
Can Israel Learn from International Experience? The Al-Aqsa Intifada has revealed once more that Israel's continuing occupation of Palestinian territories is dragging the state into intensifying waves of local and regional violence and growing levels...
Between Apartheid and Peace: Can Israel Learn from International Experience?
Between Apartheid and Peace: Can Israel Learn from International Experience?Professor Oren Yiftachel is chair of the department of geography at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.The Al-Aqsa Intifada has revealed once more that Israel's...
Bugs in the System
Bugs in the SystemNicholas Von Hoffman is the author of several books, including We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us Against, and Citizen Cohn. He writes a weekly political column for the New York Observer.As election day 2000 neared, a woman recipient...
Building a Fair Economy
Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity, by Chuck Collins and Felice Yeskel with United For a Fair Economy. The New Press, 2000. Chuck Collins and Felice Yeskel have written a timely and much needed primer on economic...
Building a Fair Economy: Economic Apartheid in America; A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity
Building a Fair Economy: Economic Apartheid in America; A Primer on Economic Inequality and InsecurityMarla Brettschneider is a professor of political philosophy and women's studies at the University of New Hampshire. Her publications include: Cornerstones...
Do Not Ask Israel to Atone
An Open Letter to Michael Lerner Dear Michael, I am deeply disturbed by the content and tone of your critique of Israel since the beginning of the latest crisis. I say that without rancor; I love you both as a friend and a colleague, and believe you...
Do Not Ask Israel to Atone: An Open Letter to Michael Lerner
Do Not Ask Israel to Atone: An Open Letter to Michael LernerRebbe Mordechai Gafni serves as Dean of Melitz Beit Midrash in Jerusalem. He is a regular columnist for TIKKUN.Dear Michael,I am deeply disturbed by the content and tone of your critique of...
Election 2000 and U.S.-Israel Relations
Election 2000 and U.S.-Israel RelationsDebra DeLee is president and CEO of Americans for Peace Now.As I write, we still don't know who will be the next president of the United States, nor do we know the final composition of the 107th Congress. But even...
Exile
In 1983, in his living room on Van Buren street, where wandering Jew plants dropped their leaves against his western window, the poet Gerald Stem put this question to the students gathered around him: is there any place where, if you could never return...
Exile: Losing the Motherland
Exile: Losing the MotherlandDina Elenbogen recently completed a book-length memoir entitled Drawn from Water: an American Poet Encounters Israel and the Ethiopian Jews. An award-winning poet and prose writer, her work has appeared in numerous anthologies...
Foreshadowing a New Society
Foreshadowing a New SocietyDavid Ehrenfeld is a professor of biology at Rutgers University. He is considered a pioneer in the field of conservation biology and has written and lectured widely on the subject.By coincidence, at the time of the election...
Getting the Whole Picture as We Enter 2001
Getting the Whole Picture As We Enter 2001Try to imagine our planet as it might be seen by God. A little planet, rotating around the sun at just the right distance to make possible the photosynthesis of plants which sustains animal life. And our sun,...
Israel out of the West Bank and Gaza!
Israel Out of the West Bank and Gaza!Despite the fact that we have called for Palestinians to embrace the nonviolence that made the movements of Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela so powerful, our last editorial critiquing Israel's role...
Letters to the Editor
Electoral Politics To the Editor: Given the nationwide demand for clean money in elections that was rising even before November 7, and now the public outcry over the presidential election itself, we have an extraordinary opportunity. On Inauguration...
Mapping Jewish Identity
Booking Passage: Exile and Homecoming in Modern Jewish Imagination, by Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi. University of California Press, 2000. There has to be somewhere else, I tell myself. And everyone knows that to go somewhere else there are routes, signs, 'maps'-for...
Mapping Jewish Identity: Booking Passage; Exile and Homecoming in Modern Jewish Imagination
Mapping Jewish Identity: Booking Passage; Exile and Homecoming in Modern Jewish ImaginationIlana Pardes is associate professor of Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of The Biography of Ancient Israel (University...
Nader and Gore in Retrospect
Nader and Gore in RetrospectDanny Goldberg is copublisher of TIKKUN.To read the strident liberal pundits following the photo-finish 2000 presidential election was to be faced with false choices. Ralph Nader was either the only honest national politician...
Papal Fallibility
* Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit, by Garry Wills. Doubleday, 2000. Garry Wills begins his catalogue of modern Catholic sin by pointing out that, relatively speaking, things have indeed gotten better. The days when a pimple-faced, dissolute teenager...
Papal Fallibility: Papal Sins; Structures of Deceit
Papal Fallibility: Papal Sins; Structures of DeceitDan Bischoff is recovering from twelve years of Catholic schooling as the art critic for The Star-Ledger in New Jersey.Garry Wills begins his catalogue of modern Catholic sin by pointing out that, relatively...
Seventh Millennium Judaism
Seventh Millennium JudaismRabbi David A. Cooper is the author of God is a Verb (Riverhead) and Handbook of Jewish Meditation (Jewish Lights). He and his wife Shoshana lead Jewish Meditation retreats.As the conventional world celebrates the arrival of...
Short Takes: A Look at What's in Other Magazines and on the Web
Short Takes: A Look at What's in Other Magazines and on the WebHere TIKKUN continues our conversation with American intellectual, political, and cultural media.Synthesis/Regeneration 23"If we no longer pleaded with corporate leaders to cause a little...
Talking with the Neighbors
Palestinians in Brooklyn I live in a very Arabic section of Brooklyn and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict taints the air. It is both everywhere and nowhere. Our interaction is over groceries and making change. But behind the grocery store counter, the...
Talking with the Neighbors: Palestinians in Brooklyn
Talking with the Neighbors: Palestinians in BrooklynKathy Dobie is an associate editor at Pacific News Service and writer-at-large for Vibe magazine. Her freelance articles have appeared in Harpers, the Village Voice, Salon, and Vogue.I live in a very...
The Al-Aqsa Intifada
To write about this new uprising is a daunting task. Most of what has been written so far has not contributed to mutual understanding. It has merely served as additional fuel in the propaganda war launched by both sides, causing further polarization....
The Al-Aqsa Intifada: Don't Believe What You Read
The Al-Aqsa Intifada: Don't Believe What You ReadJessica Montell is the development director of B'Tselem, the Israeli human rights organization (www.btselem.org).To write about this new uprising is a daunting task. Most of what has been written so far...
The Boundaries of Humility in Religion and Politics
* On Niebuhr: A Theological Study, by Langdon Gilkey. University of Chicago Press, 2001. We can no longer buy the highest satisfaction of the individual life at the expense of social injustice. We cannot build our individual ladders to heaven and leave...
The Boundaries of Humility in Religion and Politics: On Niebuhr; A Theological Study
The Boundaries of Humility in Religion and Politics: On Niebuhr; A Theological StudyRoger S. Gottlieb teaches philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Two of his recent books are A Spirituality of Resistance and This Sacred Earth.We can no longer...
The Challenge Ahead
Politics has been effectively depoliticized, turned into a war of symbols and signs, most of it intended to obscure what is really at stake. It's one o'clock in the morning, election night. The count on the college of electotal knowledge is 242-242....
The Challenge Ahead: Transforming Media
The Challenge Ahead: Transforming MediaDanny Schechter is the executive editor of Globalvision's Mediachannel <www.mediachannel.org> and the author of the newly published Falun Gong's Challenge to China (Akashic Books).It's one o'clock in the morning,...
The End of the Clinton Era-And a Call to Demonstrate
The End of the Clinton Era--and a Call to DemonstrateEight years ago we greeted the Clinton/Gore team with guarded enthusiasm and hopefulness. We had seen troubling signs in the campaign, but we also allowed ourselves to hope that this could be the moment...
The Morning after Election Day
The Morning After Election DayPaul Krassner is the author of Sex, Drugs and the Twinkie Murders: 40 Years of Countercultural Journalism (Loompanics Unlimited); his CD is Campaign in the Ass (Artemis Records).In December 1967, I had an epiphany while...
The Ninth Degree of Tzedakah
The Ninth Degree of TzedakahLawrence Bush and Jeffrey Dekro are co-authors of Jews, Money and Social Responsibility. They can be reached at The Shefa Fund, info@shefafund.org. Torah of Money is a service mark of The Shefa Fund.Maimonides wrote about...
The Road to Arab-Israeli Peace
The Road to Arab-Israeli PeaceDr. Awad is the chairman of Non-Violence International and the national director of the National Youth Advocate Program. Professor Said is the director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program at the American...
The Situation: A Day in the Life
Jerusalem, Tishrei 5761, October 2000 Two days after Yom Kippur, the day before the infamous lynching of two Israeli soldiers in Ramallah, I rise early to drive my spouse, who chairs Rabbis for Human Rights, to the meeting place from which he is to depart...
The Situation: A Day in the Life; Jerusalem, Tishrei 5761, October 2000
The Situation: A Day in the Life; Jerusalem, Tishrei 5761, October 2000Deborah French Greniman, managing editor of Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies and Gender Issues, is an editor, translator and writer in Jerusalem. Her spouse, Rabbi Yehiel...
The Source of Each Other's Completion
* The Bank Teller and Other Essays on the Politics of Meaning, by Peter Gabel. Acada Books, 2000. It's difficult to imagine an example of cognitive dissonance more extreme than reading The Bank Teller, Peter Gabel's collection of essays, while sweating...
The Source of Each Other's Completion: The Bank Teller and Other Essays on the Politics of Meaning
The Source of Each Other's Completion: The Bank Teller and Other Essays on the Politics of MeaningStephen Mo Hanan is a New York-based actor, author and playwright whose essays have appeared often in this magazine.It's difficult to imagine an example...
Thinking about What the "Other" Was, and Now Is
Thinking About What the "Other" Was, and Now IsSanford Pinsker is Shadek Professor of Humanities at Franklin and Marshall College. He writes widely about Jewish American literature and culture."I fear," a brooding Stephen Dedalus says at one point in...
Those Who Sow in Tears Shall Reap with Joy
Agriculture and Jewish Culture in Interwar Poland We live in a time of dead ideologies which, like the cast-off statues of Lenin and Stalin, languish torn down in some half-forgotten junk yard of history. There are good reasons why some ideologies died,...
Those Who Sow in Tears Shall Reap with Joy: Agriculture and Jewish Culture in Interwar Poland
Those Who Sow In Tears Shall Reap With Joy: Agriculture and Jewish Culture in Interwar PolandDavid Biale is a member of TIKKUN's editorial board. This essay is based on an inaugural lecture that he gave for the Emanuel Ringelblum Chair of Jewish History...
Unmasking the African Kurtz
* In The Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz-Living on the Brink of Disaster in The Congo, by Michela Wrong. Fourth Estate, 2000. When Heart of Darkness was first published in three installments in the February, March, and April 1899 issues of Blackwood's Edinburgh...
Unmasking the African Kurtz: In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz - Living on the Brink of Disaster in the Congo
Unmasking the African Kurtz: In The Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz--Living on the Brink of Disaster in The CongoMark Jacobson, currently a contributing editor at New York Magazine, is the author of two novels: Gojiro and Everyone and No One.When Heart of Darkness...
Which Babies?
Dilemmas of Genetic Testing What sort of life is worth living? Advances in medical technology have given Socrates' question a new, more poignant meaning. For the first time in history, we have the means to will the disappearance of those born disabled...
Which Babies? Dilemmas of Genetic Testing
Which Babies? Dilemmas of Genetic TestingShelley Burtt has taught at Yale University and the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the author of Virtue Transformed (Cambridge, 1992).What sort of life is worth living? Advances in medical...