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. 21, No. 3, May/June

10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military
10 EXCELLENT REASONS NOT TO JOIN THE MILITARY, Edited by Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg. New Press, 2006I WAS ON A BUS AWAITing transport to infantry basic training in the IDF, having spent a long day passing through draft induction. I hate uniforms and militarism,...
AN INTERVIEW WITH Howard Zinn
WHEN I ARRIVED AT BOSTON UNIversity in 1978, it was like showing up at a party after all the guests had gone home. The Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War protests were over, and everyone around me was studying business and honing their resumes....
Another World Is Possible
From the book Dear President Bush by Cindy Sheehan.(April 2006, City Lights)Anew world is possible... and necessary! This was the theme of the 2006 World Social Forum that I-and tens of thousands of people from around the world-recently attended in Caracas,...
A Social Revolution?
SOMETIMES TWENTY SEATS CAN SEEM LIKE A whole lot more, especially if you listen to the leaders of Israel's Labor Party analyzing the significance of their own groundbreaking achievements in Israel's 2006 elections. Under the circumstances, Labor didn't...
A Spiritual Caucus in the Democratic Party
WE'VE ALWAYS MADE IT CLEAR THAT WE are not connected to any particular political party. We are bound by law to eschew such an identity. Even if we were not, we'd still be hard pressed to identify any party that at present was truly open to the kind of...
Be the Change
IF YOU HAVE SPENT ANY TIME AT ALL in an organized Jewish setting during the last twenty years, you will have been told that Judaism has a problem, and that the problem is continuity. How will the next generation be Jewish when they seem so uninterested...
Embodied Spirituality, Now and Then
EMBODIED SPIRITUALITY" HAS BECOME a buzzword in contemporary spiritual circles, yet the concept has not been dealt with in a thorough manner. What do we really mean when we say that spirituality is "embodied"? Is there a distinct understanding of the...
Environmentalism as Spirituality
Excerpt from A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future by Roger S. Gottlieb.(June 2006, Oxford University Press)Pursued by his enemies, afraid for his life and his throne, King David experienced a moment of grace which he recorded...
From Jabotinsky to Kadima
WHEN MENACHEM BEGIN GUIDED the Likud Party to victory in 1977, the Labor Party's leadership feared that Israel would find itself in a perpetual state of war. Much to everyone's surprise, the Begin government's first major undertaking was a peace agreement...
Future Imperfect
THE LEFT HAS HISTORICALLY TENDED towards liberal internationalism. In matters of potential conflict, war was always supposed to be a last option. And yet, from the buildup to the Iraq war, through the first year of the occupation, this consensus began...
George Packer's War
GEORGE PACKER IS THE BEST POSTERCHILD that liberal hawks have. He has the imprimatur of the New Yorker, which regularly publishes him. Packer's writing is at its best in the chapter of his widely praised bookAssassins at the Gate, in which he describes...
HALF/LIFE: Jew-Ish Tales from Interfaith Homes
HALF/LIFE: Jew-ish Tales from Interfaith Homes, Edited by Laurel Snyder. Soft Skull, 2006ACCORDING TO A STUDY published in the American Jewish Yearbook, by 1966 the rate of intermarriage in American Jewish homes had climbed from 9 percent to a stunning...
Homosexuals and the Politics of Death
Excerpted from Why the Christian Right is Wrong by Robin Meyers (May 2006) by permission of Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint.The issue for many of us in the church is not what "causes" homosexuality (we don't know) or whether acceptance of our gay brothers...
How to Become Truly Alive?
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE TRULY ALIVE?About twenty years ago, I discovered the answer to this question through an intense experience that released enormous reservoirs of energy and aliveness that I had previously unconsciously wasted on repressing my pain...
Jewish Renewal and American Spirituality
Our natural religion is polytheism...-Reinhold Niebuhr, Radical Monotheism and Western CultureAs a moralist I am a monotheist; as an artist I am a polytheist; as a naturalist I am a pantheist.-GoetheAMERICANS HAVE ALWAYS been spiritual seekers. From...
Letters
Readers RespondBEING "GOOD AMERICANS"EARLIER TODAY I SPENT A long lunch hour with a close friend who was born in Germany just as World War II was ending. In the past we have frequently discussed such questions as how much ordinary Germans knew about...
Love in Search of Belief, Belief in Search of Love
[TELEVISION/FILM]Love in Search of Belief, Belief in Search of LoveAT THE CENTER OF USHPIZIN lies the question of faith: what does it mean to believe? How does faith shape one's life? What sacrifices does it force us to make?Ushpizin (2004) is the product...
Nadine Gordimer at Eighty-Two
AT EIGHTY-TWO, NADINE Gordimer remains identified with her muscular political novels that chronicle the depredations of apartheid. Yet while her antiapartheid fiction won her the Nobel Prize in 1991, Gordimer insists that there was nothing more liberating...
New Heavy
NEW HEAVY, by Dub Trio. ROIR, 2006THE CROSS-FERtilization of punk and dub reggae is nothing new. As far back as the late 1970s, British artists such as the Ruts, the Clash, and PiL found ways to incorporate dub-style sound design and remixes in their...
Opening Up the Mikvah
AS A CHILD, TUCKER LIEBERMAN COULD barely stand to take showers. When he passed the bathroom mirror, he would "go into what almost seemed like a mild state of shock, with chills and painful, uncontrollable shaking" because the girl's body that he saw...
Pre-Emptive Punishment: A Tale of Two Elections
THE ISRAELI ELECTIONS YIELDED SOME BIG surprises. The death knell was sounded for Likud, at least as it exists now under Binyamin Netanyahu, as they barely edged out Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home), headed by Avigdor lieberman, a man whose racism...
Stories That Heal the Soul
[BOOKS] Stories that Heal the Soul THE LIGHT AND FIRE OF THE BAAL SHEM TOV, by Rabbi Yitzhak Buxbaum. Continuum, 2005.ELIE WIESEL ONCE wrote that "God made man because he loves stories!" If so, then God must be happily reading Yitzhak Buxbaum's new book,...
Subverting World Music the Sublime Frequencies Label
[MUSIC]THERE ARE MOMENTS, LIStening to Sublime Frequencies compilations such as Radio Sumatra: The Indonesian FM Experience, Choubi Choubi!: Folk and Pop Sounds From Iraq, and I Remember Syria, when listeners lose their place. Instead of feeling transported...
"Swiftboating" Bush's Bishops
IN NOVEMBER OF 2005, ninety-six United Methodist bishops from every region of the United States as well as Europe, Africa, and Asia, released a joint statement of conscience entitled, "A Call to Repentance and Peace with Justice" [see Tikkun, March/April...
Taking Flight
WRITING ABOUT POST-COLD WAR American foreign policy, liberal interventionist David Rieff states that "most of the interventions in the 1990s," particularly those in Haiti, Kosovo, Somalia, and Bosnia, "were undertaken under the banner of preventing human...
The Agony of Defeat
WITH THE PASSING OF THE THIRD anniversary of the invasion of Iraq this past March, it has become clear that America has lost the war. Not only has the invasion failed to achieve its stated goals of defeating terrorism and creating the Arab world's first...
The Death of the Republican Ideal
FOR TWO WEEKS LAST FALL, Alain Finkielkraut, one of France's most prominent intellectuals, a one-time Maoist firebrand and latter-day analyst of anti-Semitism, sat terrified before his television, as suburbs across the country were set afire. The torchbearers...
The Electronic Intifada Pushing the Envelope with Ali Abunimah
A TIKKUN INTERVIEWIF YOU LISTEN TO NPR AND THE BBC as frequently as the editorial staff of Tikkun does, in all likelihood you've heard the British-accented voice of Ali Abunimah.The editor and publisher of both the Electronic Intifada (www.electronicintifada.net)...
The Ethics of Capitalism
THE CONTRARIANPROGRESSIVES SEEM TO HAVE A VISCERAL DIStaste for capitalism and corporate America; they believe that what most Americans do every day of their lives has little redeeming social benefit and produces damaging side effects to their own spiritual...
The Foreign Policy Debate
WITH THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTIONS OF GEORGE Bush, Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Senators Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Joe lieberman and Dianne Feinstein, and journalists Thomas Friedman and William Kristol, just about everyone in America...
The Response to Our Message Grows
FOR THE PAST FOUR MONTHS I'VE traveled to many parts of the United States and have been delighted to meet thousands of our readers and supporters-and thousands of others who never heard of me or Tikkun until they encountered my new book The Left Hand...
The Youth Are Getting Restless
Current THINKINGOn February 7, French university students began a series of mass protests, staging the single most dramatic demonstrations since the legendary student revolt of May 1968. By March 7, over half of France's universities were occupied, and...
Zohar, the Literary Masterpiece of the Kabbalah
[BOOKS] Zohar, The Literary Masterpiece of the Kabbalah THE ZOHAR: Pritzker Edition (Volumes 1, 2, and 3), Translation and Commentary by Daniel C. Matt. (Stanford University Press, 2004, 2006).THERE IS SOMETHING sublime about a singular devotion to a...