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. 18, No. 3, May/June

18 Reasons Jews Shouldn't Be Vegetarians (and Why They're Wrong)
1 The Torah teaches that humans are granted dominion over animals (Gen. 1:26), giving us a warrant to treat animals in any way we wish.RESPONSE: Jewish tradition interprets "dominion" as guardianship, or stewardship: we are called upon to be co-workers...
A Language of Languages
"I like to be quiet," says Savina Yannatou, the virtuosic Greek I singer whose recent CDs have garnered her a world-wide audience since 1995. In Spring in Salonika, she recovers and interprets with meticulous and reverent lovethe music of Thessalonika's...
Anti-Semitism on the Left and the Special Status of Israel
The tangled question of anti-Semitism within the United States Left was highlighted this past February in a heated controversy between Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor and founder of TIKKUN, and the Marxist-Leninist anti-war group, A.N.S.W.E.R (Act Now to...
Art after Auschwitz?
Roman Polanski's forte is evil; he has treated this theme for the last fifty years. His latest film, The Pianist (winner of the Palme D'Or and three Academy Awards) gives the context to his vision: the Holocaust. Using the memoir of Wladyslaw Szpilman,...
Art after Auschwitz? the Pianist
Karin Badt is associate professor of cinema and theater at the University of Paris, VIII.Roman Polanski's forte is evil; he has treated this theme for the last fifty years. His latest film, The Pianist (winner of the Palme D'Or and three Academy Awards)...
Authoritarianism and Anti-Semitism in the Anti-War Movement?
A higher percentage of Jews oppose the war in Iraq than most other American ethnic groups, so it was distressing to us at TlKKUN to hear so many Jews report that they were encountering what they perceived to be anti-Semitism at anti-war demonstrations...
A Visit with Samuel Bak
It was mid-November and I was saying goodbye to Samuel Bak outside his house in Weston, Massachusetts. In parting we admired the sturdiness of the old New England wall that encircles his home, and he mused about how one might fold prayers into such a...
Beyond Iraq
Bush is right: The world is now so dangerous (9/11 seems to have convinced him; some of us knew it long before) that it needs to be governed as a single community.Bush is wrong: One piece of the world-the USA-cannot govern the rest without making it...
Beyond Redemption?
Joel Kovel tells us that Israel, as a Jewish state, is beyond redemption. His observation is ironic, since the segment of the Jewish people called religious Zionists, who have dominated Israeli politics since 1967, returned from Europe to the Holy Land...
Beyond Redemption? A Response to Joel Kovel
Milton Viorst has covered Israel and the Middle East for thirty years. His latest book is What Shall I Do With This People? Jews and the Fractious Politics of Judaism.Joel Kovel tells us that Israel, as a Jewish state, is beyond redemption. His observation...
Democracy and the Peace Movement
Like many people who support the peace movement, I have found the politics of the mass mobilizations disturbing. The rallies are cheerleading sessions; they do not even try to reach out to the American people with ideas that can challenge American foreign...
Democracy and the Peace Movement
David Friedman is a mathematician, educator, and writer. He has been involved in the Berkeley Free Speech movement, the civil rights struggle, the anti-Vietnam war movement, and the labor movement.Like many people who support the peace movement, I have...
Emancipatory Spirituality for Everyone
TIKKUN has long upheld a vision of spirituality, known as "emancipatory spirituality," which recognizes the need for meaning as well as money, the interdependence of all on the planet, the need for spiritual, ecological, and humanistic values in the...
Emancipatory Spirituality for Everyone
Leonard Yehudah Angel is an avid Tikkun Community supporter and the author of The Book of Miriam and Enlightenment East & West. Email to: Leonard_Angel@douglas.bc.ca.TIKKUN has long upheld a vision of spirituality, known as "emancipatory spirituality,"...
Israel, the United States, and the United Nations
In attempting to justify its invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration claimed that the credibility of the United Nations Security Council and its resolutions would be at stake if the enforcement arm of the world body did not authorize the use of force...
Israel, the United States, and the United Nations
Stephen Zunes is chair of the Peace & Justice Studies Program at the University of San Francisco. He is the author of the recently-released Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism http://www.commoncouragepress.org.In attempting...
Kindertotenlieder; or, Daycare among the Paste-Eaters
Joseph Skibell is the author of A Blessing on the Moon and the forthcoming The English Disease. He teaches at Emory Univeristy.Something about small children tends to make me sad.I can barely drop Franny off at her day care without coming away from it...
Kindertotenlieder: Or, Daycare among the Paste-Eaters
Something about small children tends to make me sad.I can barely drop Franny off at her day care without coming away from it mildly depressed. It has something to do, I think, with seeing them, these children, sitting in their little knee-dimpling circles,...
Letters to the Editor
Post Election Depression To the Editor:In your editorial "Countering Post-Election Depression" (January/February, 2003), you state, "... after all, if all the ideology is right-wing, why not vote for the real thing instead of some watered-down substitute?"Harry...
Love in the Time of War
As Gabriel Garcia Marquez' famous book, Love in the Time of Cholera, revealed, extraordinary insights about love can emerge in the most horrible of circumstances. Seeing the brutality and killing of this war on a daily basis naturally leads all of us...
Poles, Jews, and Post-Communist Insecurities
The difficult and fascinating debate going on in Poland recently about a 1941 massacre of Jews, and more generally about the Polish role in the destruction of Polish Jewry, fits into a more general climate of uncertainty currently racking the country....
Questions of Peace and Genocide
The hawks in the Bush administration justified the war on Iraq in so many different ways that they sometimes seemed in danger of confusing their own partisans. All along, one of their most effective arguments centered on Saddam Hussein's long history...
Spiritualizing Foreign Policy
If President Bush and his advisors have their way, their military victory in Iraq will become the model for a series of future interventions-Iran, Syria, North Korea, and who knows where it will stop? As we now look at the death, destruction, hatred,...
Taking Tikkun Idealism to Washington, D.C
IntroductionSome of our readers think that the idealism we express in TIKKUN could never make a difference in "the real world." It's all very nice, they tell us, to speak about love, generosity, and caring, but those ideals have nothing to do with the...
The Civil Liberties Crisis and the Threat of "Too Much Democracy"
The portents certainly are terrible. Not even the happiest of possible scenarios can be expected to return us to the level of civil liberties we assumed normal before 9/11-not in the foreseeable future, and, if we believe the security services and the...
The Death of Rachel Corrie
It's hard to imagine a more horrible way to die than to be crushed twice by a bulldozer. Particularly when you're just trying to protect a family whose only crime is that its land stands between the fourth most powerful army in the world and another...
The Great Divide
Animals and the HolocaustIn the course of his development towards culture man acquired a dominating position over his fellow-creatures in the animal kingdom. Not content with this supremacy, however, he began to place a gulf between his nature and theirs....
The Great Divide; Animals and the Holocaust
Charles Patterson, Ph.D., is the author of Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust (www.EternalTreblinka.com), From Buchenwald to Carnegie Hall (co-author), and Anti-Semitism: The Road to the Holocaust and Beyond.In the course of...
The Gypsy Bible
If a friend asked me what Latin American writers he should read I would name Carlos Fuentes, Jose Donoso, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Augusto Roa Bastos, Julio Cortazar, Miguel Angel Asturias, and, of course, Jorge Luis Borges. But if...
The Other War
While he is attacking Iraq, George W. Bush is also waging a war at home on the American people. Launched with velvet economic and social weapons, this other war is already devastating American workers and communities. Yet Bush's war against ordinary...
The Other War
Charles Derber, professor of sociology at Boston College, is author of The Wilding of America and the recently published People Before Profit: The New Globalization in an Age of Terror, Big Money and Economic Crisis.While he is attacking Iraq, George...
The Question of Rationality: A Response to Joel Kovel
It seems difficult to discuss the past with Joel Kovel, since he invokes it as part of a prophetic discourse in which his vision of the past addresses the present with a call to future action. Part of what is so disconcerting in reading this "take" on...
What's a Rally to Do?
"It is not anti-Semitic to be angry at those Jews who support Israeli policies that are oppressive. It is anti-Semitic when the anger gets directed at all Jews, or gets articulated in anti-Jewish language....-from Healing Israel/Palestine, Michael LernerAs...
Whither the Zionist Dream?: A Response to Joel Kovel
The uprooting of olive trees on Arab land last fall may have been prompted by Israeli security concerns. The prevention by Israelis of many Palestinians trying to harvest their olives in their fields may have been the work of lawless settlers. Whatever...
Who Is Hurting the Children?: The Political Psychology of Pedophilia in American Society
As a psychotherapist who has treated dozens of victims of child sexual abuse, I understand how traumatic it is when an adult molests a child. The child usually feels invaded, exploited, confused, and frightened, and the psychological damage can be even...
Why I Am Vegan
Being vegan is about more than what I do or do not eat. For me, it is a prayer, a petition asking why animals and people suffer greatly in a Universe created by a benevolent and loving G-d. This question led me to a lifestyle that is focused primarily...