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. 25, No. 4, July/August

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stern College: Gender Transition and Jewish Ethics
IN 2003, AS A BEARDED, KIPPAH- AND TZITZIT-WEARING man, I joined the faculty of Stern College. In spring 2007, after receiving tenure, I informed my dean that I would return the next semester as a woman. Stern is part of Yeshiva University, modern Orthodox...
American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People/the American Revolution: A Grand Mistake
AMERICAN INSURGENTS, AMERICAN PATRIOTS: THE REVOLUTION OF THE PEOPLET.H. BreenHill and Wang, 2010THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: A GRAND MISTAKELeland G. StauberPrometheus Books, 2009T.H. BREEN RETELLS THE STORY OF THE BIRTH OF AMERICA, highlighting the important...
Bisexuality-Theology and Politics
REGARDLESS OF THE STRUCTURE, RITUALS, AND principles of our path, and whatever the Divine name to whom we offer our prayers, bisexual and transgender people of faith live consciously and continually in the place where the twain meet. Blessed with the...
Christians Seeing Red: An Evangelical Perspective
TO MANY IN MY FAITH, I'M A WALKING CONTRADICTION.I'm a Southern-bred evangelical Christian pastor and a "gay ally" (as straight advocates for the gay community are so awkwardly called). I believe what the Bible says. I believe that Jesus died on the...
Collateral Healing
[FILM]COLLATERAL HEALINGBUDRUSJust Vision, 2010Review by Michael NaglerSEE THIS FILM. THIS IS NOW the second great documentary on Palestinian/Israeli nonviolence by the same team at Just Vision that made Encounter Point. Budrus sold out every screening...
Coming Home to Who We Are: Buddhist Spiritual Practice and Transformation
The ache for Home lies in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.-Maya AngelouAS A YOUNG ASIAN AMERICAN BOY LIVING IN A mainstream Philadelphia suburb, I experienced many events of discrimination and racism that I did...
Disaster in the Gulf: A Plague to Warn Us to Change Our Relationship to the Earth
PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS OFFERED AN AMAZING opportunity to change our economic system when he came into office at the peak of a global economic meltdown- a crisis brought on in part by the selfishness and materialism fostered by global capitalism. He misused...
Dismantling Hierarchy, Queering Society
QUEER POLITICS CALLS us to go beyond a simple toleration for gay and lesbian com'munities to address how heteropatriarchy structures white supremacy, capitalism, and settler colonialism. By heteropatriarchy, mean the way our society is fundamentally...
Do You Want to Know Your Future?
Arriving at your local Walgreens- a DNA kit that will estimate your chances of getting cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, and myriad other diseases or conditions: just check the ones you want to know about. Are you going to buy it? If so, will you check...
Excerpts from a Diary
March 28, 1964: Father has been acting quite secretive this week- I think he's obsessed with hiding the afikomen so I can't find it this time. Last year he seemed disappointed that I found it so quickly- also, that I wasn't so thrilled with my present,...
Ha'Rav Kook: Master of the Lights
A world of chaos stands before us, all the time that we have not yet reached the "tikkun ely on"- the highest level of healing, repairing, transformingby uniting all life forces and all their diverse tendencies. As long as each one exalts himself, claiming,...
Is BDS the Way to End the Occupation?
On May 11, 2010, Tikkun hosted a roundtable discussion among peace activists on the issue of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS). A transcription of their lively debate- edited for space and clarity- appears below. We invite you to join this important...
Islam and Homosexuality
IN 2002 I BEGAN A LONG AND LONELY JOURNEY, DARING to visit some of the darkest corners of the taboo that permeates the consciousness ofthat unlikely character: the gay or lesbian Muslim. Now, in 2010, 1 am happy to report that the film that came out...
It's So Queer to Give Away Money
IN RECENT YEARS, WE'VE WITNESSED AN INCREASE IN media, legislative, and judicial activity surrounding the issue of same-sex marriage. It's an issue that has prominently featured images of upper-class, white, professional gay and lesbian couples. "Gay...
It's Time to Heal a Mega-Church Psychosis
SOME TIME AGO, I WAS COPIED ON AN EMAIL FROM AN alleged member of a well-known mega-church in the Washington, D.C., area. The email identified by name those church members thought to be same-genderloving (it used another term). The message gave great...
OYL! Corruption, the Spirit, the Earth, and Us
THIS IS NOT AN OIL "SPILL" WE ARE FACING, THE way water might spill from a dish or oil from a tanker- a finite amount in the first place, and then we clean up.This is more like piercing a hole into the Caverns of Hell, so that they pour forth without...
Prophetic Courage in an Imperial Age
PROPHETIC COURAGE IN AN IMPERIAL AGE THE MAN WHO KNEW GOD: DECODING JEREMIAH by Mordecai Schreiber Lexington Books, 2010Review by Barry L. SchwartzSHORTLY BEFORE HIS DEATH, Abraham Joshua Heschel gave an interview with NBC News correspondent Carl Stern...
Queerness in the Contemporary Goddess Movement
by StarhawkBELTANE, MAY DAY, IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT celebrations in the Pagan year. This year I danced around a traditional Maypole with my friends in Reclaiming, a Wiccan/Pagan tradition with a commitment to political engagement as one aspect...
Readers Respond
ANOTE ON LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:We welcome your responses to our articles. Send your letters to the editor to Letters@Tikkun.org. Please remember, however, not to attribute to Tikkun views other than those expressed in our editorials. We email, post,...
Reflections after My Home Was Vandalized: Stop the Assault by Right-Wing Extremists on Israel's Critics
YOU MAY HAVE READ THAT A GROUP OF ZIONIST extremists plastered the outside of my home with signs identifying me with Judge Richard Goldstone, who put together the UN report on Israeli human rights violations during the war in Gaza (it also pointed to...
Same-Sex Weddings, Hindu Traditions, and Modern India
OVER THE LAST THREE DECADES, INDIAN NEWSPAPERS have reported same-sex weddings and joint suicides taking place all over the country, both in urban and rural areas. Most of the couples are non-English-speaking young women from lowerincome groups. Most...
Speaking Our Pain: Anguish, Comfort, and Wonder in the Psalms
THE PSALMS, THAT BODY OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE SO BEAUTIFUL AND PASSIONATE, so full oflonging, are often rejected by those committed to progressive politics. There are good reasons people might object to aspects of the psalms (and I address a few of these...
Ten Reasons Why Gay Rights Is a Religious Issue
CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENTS THAT APPEAL TO RELIGION succeed. Those that do not, fail. Contrast the fates of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Rights Amendment, or the way African American civil rights was understood before and after Dr. King's religious...
The Hands of the Holy: Re-Envisioning LGBT Welcome in Faith Communities
IT'S TIME TO DEVELOP NEW, COMPELLING ARGUMENTS about why faith communities should eagerly welcome and fully include LGBT people- arguments not based on the claim that people "can't help" being lesbian or gay.Many Christian denominations and some strands...
The Intersection of Anti-Occupation and Queer Jewish Organizing
NEAR THE END OF THE ANTI-OCCUPATION PASSO VER Seder held by Jewish Voice for Peace in Seattle this spring, I looked around at my community of more than one hundred queer Jews and friends and felt an internal shift. After leading the concluding prayer,...
The Second American Revolution
[BOOKS] The Second American Revolution ONLY THE SUPER-RICH CAN SAVE US! by Ralph Nader Seven Stories Press, 2009Review by Charles DerberRALPH NADER HAS WRITTEN an entirely unexpected story of a second American Revolution orchestrated and financed by...
The Transformative Promise of Queer Politics
THE LIEUTENANT HAS HANDCUFFED HIMSELF TO THE White House fence. Defiant in his camouflage fatigues and black beret, his arms outstretched against the black iron barrier, he protests the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Images of the gay soldier...
The Uganda Controversy: Solidarity vs. Imperialism in LGBT Organizing
Em ARLIER THIS YEAR, I ATTENDED A U.S. RALLY AGAINST proposed legislation in Uganda that would make homosexuality a capital offense. The legislation i had been reportedly inspired by evangelical Christian leaders from the United States, and it was receiving...
The Well
1What we climb down into is the echoof ourselves on the well shaft stairs windingback up to meet us. But more than that too,a reckoning that brings us downthrough the hard middle of things, my ranting fouland overblown rebounding off rock wallsin gutturals...
To the End of the Land/hold Love Strong
TO THE END OF THE LANDDavid GrossmanKnopf 2010HOLD LOVE STRONGMatthew Aaron GoodmanTouchstone, 2009THE GENRE OF THE NOVEL HAS A UNIQUE CAPACITY TO unpack social reality as it manifests in the consciousness of ordinary human beings living through horrendous...
Two Spirit Activism: Mending the Sacred Hoop
FOR MANY NATIVE PEOPLE IN THIS HEMISPHERE, the past forty or so years have been a season of recovery and revitalization. With the rekindling of pride and the exercise of ancestral domain, following centuries of imposed violence and poverty, Indigenous...
Why the Propaganda?
WHY THE PROPAGANDA? A LETHAL OBSESSION: ANTI-SEMITISM FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE GLOBAL JIHAD by Robert S.Wistrich Random House, 2010Review by Milton ViorstAS AN ADMIRER OF ROBERT S. Wistrich, I picked up this huge book of nearly 1200 pages with anticipation....
Word Jazz: Music and the Poetry of Rav Kook
Word Jazz: Music and the Poetry of Rav KookWE CAN SENSE THE SHARED MATRIX OF POETRYAND MUSIC IN the rhythmic loam of language from which they both arose. Some of our languages preserve the connection in name: in Hebrew we use shir ah to signify both...