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. 15, No. 5, September/October

Aaron's God-And Ours
Last fall, I was asked to share my thoughts on the Torah portion (parsha) for Yom Kippur at my synagogue's High Holiday services. I said yes without quite remembering what the parsha was about, and when I opened my Chumash to refresh myself on Leviticus...
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Aaron's God- and Ours: A Yom Kippur Reflection
Aaron's God--And Ours: A Yom Kippur ReflectionSarah PolsterSarah Polster is senior editor of the Religion-in-Practice Series at Jossey-Bass, a publishing company in San Francisco. She is a founding member of Rabbi Michael Lerner's Beyt Tikkun synagogue...
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A Conversation with Jesse Ventura
A CONVERSATION WITH Jesse VenturaMark Jacobson and Jack NewfieldMark Jacobson, currently a contributing editor at New York Magazine, is the author of two novels: Gojiro and Everyone and No One. Jack Newfield is the author of six books and a columnist...
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A Conversation with Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas is best known as an actor who has appeared in more than eighth films, including such classics as Spartacus and Lonely Are the Brave. Barn Issur Danielovitch, the son of Jewish immigrants, in Amsterdam, New York, Douglas is now eightythree....
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A Conversation with Yossi Beilin
Dr. Yossi Beilin received his Ph.D. in political science at Tel-Aviv University. He has served in the Israeli government since 1977 as a Knesset Member (Labor), Minister of Economics, and now Minister of Justice (One Israel). He is also the author of...
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A Death in Texas
Hey, man. Jonathan Wayne Nobles grins at me through inch-thick wire-reinforced glass, hunching over to speak in a deep, resonant voice through the steel grate below. A feeble "What's up?" is the best I can manage. The visiting area in Ellis One Unit...
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All That Jazz
All that JazzTed PankenTed Panken writes about jazz and related topics for Downbeat, Jazziz, and Barnes and Noble.com and has been broadcasting jazz and improvised music on WKCR radio in New York since 1985.The Birth of Bebop: A Social and Musical History,...
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A Product of the American Jewish Community
A Product of the American Jewish CommunityHeidi AltmanHeidi Altman spent a year in Jerusalem as an intern at B'Tselem. In September she will begin a master's program in international affairs at Columbia University.When did my Jewish identity start becoming...
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Ark
Funding for Gay and Lesbian Inclusion Speaking in 1989 at a service for Jews with AIDS, Rabbi Alexander Schindler of the Reform synagogue movement noted that "there is another interpretation that we must attach to the Star of David ... an interpretation...
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Bending without Breaking
Aristide Returns Eyes of the Heart, by Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Edited by Laura Flynn. Common Courage Press, 2000. In the twenty-first century, the globe has never been richer-or poorer. Today the combined income of thirty-two of the world's most heavily...
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Bending without Breaking: Aristide Returns
Bending without Breaking: Aristide ReturnsCatherine OrensteinCatherine Orenstein is a New York-based journalist. She has made numerous trips to Haiti since 1990. In 1995 she was a member of the United Nations human rights observer mission to Haiti.Eyes...
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Beyond Tolerance
Funding for Gay and Lesbian Inclusion Speaking in 1989 at a service for Jews with AIDS, Rabbi Alexander Schindler of the Reform synagogue movement noted that "there is another interpretation that we must attach to the Star of David ... an interpretation...
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Career Tip of the Day: Become a Prophet!
CAREER TIP OF THE DAY: Become a Prophet!David FetchoDavid Fetcho is a writer and composer living in Oakland, California. He and his wife Susan are artists-in-residence and retreat leaders with New College Berkeley, an affiliate institute of the Graduate...
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Don't Vote Lesser Evil Politics!
Don't Vote Lesser Evil Politics!Michael LernerI know that many people in our community feel divided in themselves about whether to support Al Gore or one of the various protest candidates like Ralph Nader or John Hagelin. I respect whatever position...
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Editorials
EditorialsBush's Phony CompassionOnce you debase language, you are on your way to destroying the credibility of the public sphere. If people feel that everything they hear in public discourse is just pure nonsense, they will conclude that there's no...
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For Three Transgressions
For Three TransgressionsUri AvneryUri Avnery is a journalist, peace activist, former member of the Knesset, and leader of Gush Shalom, the most militant part of the Israeli peace movement. He was the first Israeli to meet Arafat (during the siege of...
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From Sukkah to Ma'akeh
Damian*, age eleven, recently moved into a transitional housing center in Manhattan. Though obviously bright and gifted at math, he cannot read. Because of his family's frequent moves, he has never stayed in any one school long enough to learn the basics....
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From Sukkah to Ma'akeh: The Halachah of Housing
From Sukkah to Ma'akeh: The Halachah of HousingJill JacobsJill Jacobs is a third-year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She has worked with the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board and with Action for Community Empowerment, both in...
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Indulging in Mystery
Little Miss Evil, by Lev Raphael. Walker Books, 2000. For those of us who indulge, we know exactly how sublime it can be to curl up on the couch with a good mystery novel. True, these are not books that will change your life or unsettle a philosophy....
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Letters to the Editor
Shareholder Rights To the Editor: Marjorie Kelly's "The Divine Right of Capital" (July/August 2000) does a fine job of exposing many myths trumpeted by today's corporations. But she perpetuates one: that shareholders "extract wealth" from large corporations....
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Responses to Lerner on Lesser Evil Politics
The Candidates, Abortion & the Court, the People THE CANDIDATES: AL GORE Rep. Barney Frank U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts Michael Lerner blends two arguments. He begins by arguing that one should vote for the candidate with whom one agrees the...
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Responses to Lerner on Lesser Evil Politics: The Candidates, Abortion & the Court, the People
Responses to Lerner on Lesser Evil Politics: The Candidates, Abortion & the Court, the PeopleTHE CANDIDATES: AL GORERep. Barney FrankU.S. Congressman from MassachusettsMichael Lerner blends two arguments. He begins by arguing that one should vote...
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Response to Ozersky
I commend Joshua Ozersky for listening to rap, which is more than most members of the intellectual and political elite are willing to do, but his conclusions are disappointingly condescending and tone deaf to the emotions and aesthetics at the heart...
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Shedding Hope
Shedding HopeLaurie StoneLaurie Stone's most recent books are Close to the Bone (Grove) and Laughing in the Dark (Ecco). She will be writer-in-residence at Pratt Institute in the fall.I'm at my mother's eightieth birthday dinner. For reasons neither...
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Shofar of Tears
A hundred blasts shatter the somber silence of the biblical New Year ritual. The shofar, Rosh Hashanah's major prop, is a ram's horn blown in a strange and evocative combination of notes. In mysticism, the words "rosh hashanah"-literally "New Year"-are...
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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.Columbia Journalism ReviewEither dying or dead, serious photo-journalism is suffering an insidious...
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Taking Spiritual Transformation Seriously
At this moment, which marks yet another potential turning point in the Mideast peace process, Jews around the world will meet together again, as we have every year for the past five millennia, to assess how close we have come to actualizing our potential...
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The New Crisis in Education
Who Is Cheating Whom? Recent evidence on the extent of cheating among students in public schools provides chilling testimony to the current moral climate of education in the United States. A recent survey by the Josephson Institute of Ethics of nearly...
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The New Crisis in Education: Who Is Cheating Whom?
The New Crisis In Education: Who Is Cheating Whom?Svi ShapiroSvi Shapiro is director of the Ph.D. program in education and cultural studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has recently edited Strangers in the Land: Pedagogy, Modernity,...
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The White Negro Revisited
The White Negro RevisitedJosh OzerskyJosh Ozersky is a cultural historian and media critic whose book, Adapting to Discord, will be published next year by Temple University Press. He is the former media editor of TIKKUN. His website is www.joshozersky.cjb.net.Sometime...
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Vice President Lieberman?
We rejoice in the goodness of the American people whose capacity to overcome centuries of antiSemitism made it possible for Al Gore to select U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman as a running mate without feeling that he was sacrificing his electoral chances....
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Welcome
Dear Reader, As you read these words in September, we will be approaching Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, a time for personal spiritual transformation. As I write these words in August, I feel that we are on the brink of a new political year-not...
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Why Barak Blew It
We are still hopeful that a second Israeli-Palestinian summit will produce an agreement that Barak can take to the Israeli population and that will win popular support. But the reason Barak blew the Camp David II negotiations in July is the same reason...
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Work 101: The Survey Course
The Working Life: The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work by Joanne B. Ciulla (Times Books, 2000). Recently, a former editor at a New York-based online news site wrote an Op-Ed about what it was like to show up for work, essentially on a "volunteer"...
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Zion Uber Alles
Zion Uber AllesDavid BialeDavid Biale, Emmanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History at the University of California, Davis, is the author of Eros and the Jews as well as a contributing editor of TIKKUN.The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel's Soul,...
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