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. 24, No. 6, November/December

Abraham Joshua Heschel's Thesis on the Unity of Jewish Theology
WHILE MUCH HAS BEEN SAID OF ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL'S RELIGIOUS genius and moral courage, more needs to be said about his intellectual audacity. He claims to have traced the continuum of Jewish religious consciousness from the Biblical and Rabbinic periods...
Advent 2009: The End of the World as We Know It
Advent begins the Sunday after Black Friday. As we watch the engines of our present economy gear up for the big event of Santa's world tour, we remember that Jesus's coming was not celebrated by the merchants of Bethlehem. When Jesus was born in Judea,...
A Note to Jewish Readers on How We Might Wait for Messiah Together
Advent is the season in which we who believe Jesus is Messiah prepare ourselves to celebrate his coming. Advent is traditionally observed during the four full weeks prior to Christmas. Christians celebrate Jesus's birth on December 25, not because we...
Capitalism: Change It or Tame It?
GO SEE MICHAEL MOORE'S NEW MOVIE, CAPITALISM: A Love Story. This movie's string of anecdotes, albeit highly selective, dramatically questions whether our political and economic system is working as it should. Intriguingly, a parallel vein of deep discontent...
Chanukah
CELEBRATING THE WORLD'S FIRST RECORDED NATIONAL LIBERATION STRUGGLEevening of December Il to December 19, 2009The RitualEach night of Chanukah we light candles, starting with the shamash (used to light the others) and one candle, and then adding one...
Dear Swami
Where Swami answers your questions, and you will question his answersDear Swami:I have asked this question of many great masters, and none could answer it to my satisfaction. So I will ask you: how do you know you know?Ashir DropovBrooklyn, New YorkDear...
Democrats' Attacks on Goldstone
The Obama administration and the Democratic leadership in Congress appear to be continuing the Bush administration policy of ignoring and denouncing those who have the temerity to report violations of international humanitarian law by the United States...
Free Speech or Fee Speech: Progress in Latin America; Confusion in the United States
IN AN UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGE TO CORPORATE DOMINATION OF THE airwaves, earlier this year Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez sent a bill to Congress that would allocate a third of broadcast frequencies to private companies, a third to state broadcasters,...
Health Reform: Where Obama Went Wrong
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S HEALTH REFORM PLAN IS IN TROUBLE. PUBLIC SUPPORT for it is only lukewarm; both Left and Right oppose it. Pundits and editorial writers complain that Obama has turned the issue over to Congress, or that he hasn't explained the plan well...
King's God: The Unknown Faith of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
YOU UNDOUBTEDLY KNOW THAT DR. MARTIN LUTHER KLNG JR. was a progressive Christian and champion of civil rights and the social gospel. You may also know that he spoke out against the Vietnam War, harshly criticized U.S. foreign policy, and questioned the...
Political Pictures
[FILM]POLITICAL PICTURESTHE INFORMANT! Warner Brothers, 2009DISTRICT 9, TriStar Pictures, 2009Review by David SterritiBEFORE GETTING TO A PAIR OF top-notch pictures that everyone should see- The Informant! and District 9- I want to return briefly to...
Prayer and Nonduality
IN THE LAST HALF-CENTURY, THEOLOGICAL DOCTRINES ONCE EXPLICITLY RESERVED FOR the elite have become widespread in the Jewish world. In earlier times, philosophers had their refined conception of God, mystics had theirs, and most people, at least according...
Roadmap to a New Economics: Beyond Capitalism and Socialism
WHEN THINKING OFA NEW ECONOMICS, LET'S NOT THINK OF STOCKS, bonds, derivatives, or other financial instruments. Let's think of children. Let's ask what kind of economic policies and practices are good for children. Let's ask what's needed so all children...
Society as the Subject of Redemption: The Relevance of the Social Gospel
THE IDEA THAT BIBLICAL RELIGION HAS A REGENERATIVE social mission is as old as the biblical message of letting justice flow like a river, pouring yourself out forthe poor and vulnerable, and attending to what Jesus called the "weightier matters of the...
The Awe-Based Challenge to Positive Psychology
THE SIGNS OF ITS INFLUENCE ARE LEGION. YOU CAN SEE THEM IN THE POPULAR press, in the burgeoning new lines of professional books by such organizations as the American Psychological Association, and on radio and television talk shows. Positive psychology...
The Long Path out of Denial
ZIONISM, HEARTACHE, AND A NEW VISION OF ISRAEL AND PALESTINETHE HARDEST WORK FOR ME, THE CHILD-ZlONIST, HAS BEEN THE STRUGGLE TO take in the Palestinian point of view. "Take in" has not meant agree with it, although it has involved questioning some cherished...
The Yes Men Fix the World
The Yes Men Fix the WorldSometimes it's hard to know whether to laugh or cry at some of the scenes in this engaging and insightful documentary about the antics of the Yes Men. The film, which opened in New York and San Francisco in October, is one of...
Twelve Gifts in Hard Times
St. Nicholas Day (December 6) is a perfect time to assemble the gifts we hope to give in the coming weeks, and yet we put off since there is still time and other matters are pressing. If you are so inclined, here are a few suggestions:* A trinket for...