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. 10, No. 1, January

A Strange Romance -- A Natural History of Love by Diane Ackerman / the Pursuit of Love by Irving Singer
A Natural History of Love by Diane Ackerman. Random House, 1994. 358 pages. $23.The Pursuit of Love by Irving Singer. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. 182 pages. $25.95.In 1993, Allan Bloom announced "The Death of Eros. " It was not from natural...
Aunt and Bee: A Covenantal Variation
The day after Benjamin leaves I find a bee in the bedroom."B for Benjamin," I tell it. "Out you go."I trap it between window and screen, and from there ease it back into nature. I keep wishing Benjamin could see me not needing his help.The following...
Ayatollah G: The Renewal of Amerika
As a twenty-five-year veteran I of "the counterculture," I would like Newt Gingrich to stop attacking my religion.If, as The New York Times reports, Gingrich is prepared to spend the next decade burying the legacy of "the counterculture, McGovernik"...
Carckpot Realism: Fiction for the Forthcoming Millennium
There are two kinds of literature that endure: that which utterly transcends its era, and that which perfectly reflects it. Most writers of contemporary fiction wish to inhabit the first realm. They ponder questions of love, loneliness, and death. More...
Casting a Cold Eye: Michael Kelly's "Gaza"
Journalists, as Jay Rosen has written in these pages, "are people who make things": a shared present and a shared "world," a space we citizens can inhabit together. This "making" is an of imagination at odds with the common fantasy about journalists,...
Creches, Menorahs, and the Courts
January, blessedly, is here. The holiday season is behind us.Gone from Pawtucket, Rhode Island's Veterans Memorial Park is the nativity scene, with its baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds, kings and animals, that rests for four weeks a year beside...
For Whom the Bell Curves: The New Assault on Egalitarianism
Since Charles Murray and the late Richard Hermstein's The Bell Curve appeared last fall, people on all points of the ideological spectrum have denounced it in varying degrees. In the book's "scientific" claim that African Americans are innately dumb,...
Hungering for Wholeness -- Ritual Bath by Linda Zisquit
Ritual Bath, by Linda Zisquit, Broken Moon Press, 70 pp., $12.95."There is only one way to talk to you," begins Linda Zisquit's first collection of poetry--the pitch of voice direct, pressing, ardent. In a collection that winds itself tightly around...
Im and B'li: Women in the Conservative Movement
At a Solomon Schechter school on Long Island, the new principal of Jewish studies, a rabbi, was hired with the board's proviso that she not daven in the morning minyan wearing tall it (prayer shawl) and tefillin (phylacteries). The issue was not that...
"In a Beginning ...": Quantum Cosmology and Kabbalah
Modern cosmology--the scientific study of the universe as a whole longer sees the universe as an infinite changeless arena in which events take place, the way Isaac Newton did. The universe is an evolving, expanding being, and its origin is the oldest...
No, Mr. Gingrich ... You Do Not Have a Mandate to Undermine Social Justice in the U.S
The Republican mandate in 1994 was very limited. Given our peculiar system of congressional districts, the Republicans were able to take decisive control of Congress without winning decisive control of the popular vote. The popular vote was actually...
Pouring Water into Leaking Barrels: A Solitude of Tikkun in the Works of Ben-Zion (1897-1987)
In 1986, the premier issue of TIKKUN ran on its cover "Moses Gathering The Broken Tablets," a painting by the late artist Ben-Zion. One can imagine the Israelites, fear-riddled as they perceive the awesome luminosity of Moses, turning away toward distraction,...
Recent Losses: Jerry Rubin and Shlomo Carlebach
In the past few months, I lost two friends who played important roles in my life, and, I suspect, in the lives of any in the Tikkun community. Each had his moments of greatness; each had his problematic aspects. If Jewish renewal is about being spiritually...
Rollo May
Rollo Meese May died on October 22, 1994. With his death came the loss of one of the great psychotherapists, teachers, and theoreticians of the twentieth century. Rollo May is probably remembered best by many people as the founder of existential psychotherapy...
Testing, the Bell Curve, and the Social Construction of Intelligence
At some gut level, many middle- and upper-class white Americans apparently harbor the conviction that they are more intelligent than people of the lower class and ethnic minorities (especially of African descent). While its obviously racist and anti-democratic...
The Abortion Dilemma -- the Politics of Virtue: Is Abortion Debatable? by Elizabeth Mensch and Alan Freeman
The Politics of Virtue: Is Abortion Debatable? by Elizabeth Mensch and Alan Freeman. Duke University Press, 1993. 268 pp. $14.95.The authors of this engaging and timely book, both of whom teach law at the State University of New York, plunge into an...
The Desire for Community and the Defeat of Health Care
The deepest problem facing our society is that our common experience is colored by a fear of one another that precludes the development of community. This fear is the result of literally centuries of conditioning which has convinced us that if we seek...
The First Radio Populist: A Lesson from the 1930s
Rush Limbaugh and other right-wing radio commentators have played an important role in damaging President Clinton and bringing on the Republican takeover of Congress. They have fueled suspicions that, despite Clinton's 1992 campaign promises, federal...
Their Welfare and Ours -- Pitied but Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare by Linda Gordon
Pitied but Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare by Linda Gordon. Free Press, 1994. 417 pp. $22.95.She's poor, deceptive, and slovenly. She neglects her children and spends taxpayers' money on drugs or booze. She's the enemy of the...
The "New Right" and Israel's Education Dilemmas
For some years now, the state in Israel has been trying to shed a responsibility it took upon itself generations ago: to provide quality social services for and to place its various ethnic groups on a more equal footing. following Reaganist and Thatcherist...
The Perils of Uniqueness -- the Holocaust in Historical Context, Vol. 1 by Steven Katz
The Holocaust in Historical Context, vol. 1, by Stephen Katz. Oxford University Press, 1994, 702 pages. $49.95.The debate about the uniqueness of the Holocaust has been with us for at least a quarter of a century. Historically, the emergence of this...
The Vichy Syndrome
At 8:45 on the morning of June 8, 1993, Christian Didier, an ex-chauffeur and failed novelist, rang the bell of an expensive apartment on the Avenue Raphael in Paris. It was the residence of Rene Bousquet, a retired banker and former cabinet minister....
Wherever in the Language of Jewish Women a Garden Grows
If is no superstition that a woman has many lives. For woman has always lived by the moon, shuddering and waning. I am a Jew, and a woman who wants to about Jewish women, a paradox. Opening to the bold-faced illustrations in my Hebrew book, as a child,...