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. 3, May/June

After the Reform: Aiming High for Health Justice
AS WE SIT HERE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RECENT health reform process, we have an opportunity for reflection. There were many times during the past year and a half when passage of ahealthbill seemed unlikely. However, in the end, the White House and Democratic...
And I, Where Do I Come?
Experiences in Jewish-Muslim DialogueI AM SITTING NEXT TO A SOUTH LEBANESE SHIA IMAM AT A CONFERENCE OF Australian religious leaders. We are listening to Bishop Shakur from the Galilee at the state parliament in Sydney tell us that he is a Palestinian...
Are Israeli Policies Entrenching Anti-Semitism Worldwide?
EVEN POSING THE QUESTION IS PAINFUL, for after all the suffering anti-Semitism has caused the Jewish people over the centuries, the last thing we need or deserve is to have it become a permanent state of affairs. Nonetheless, the proposition that the...
Can Borders Bring Peace?
[BOOKS] Can Borders Bring Peace? POLITICS AND VIOLENCE IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE: DEMOCRACY VERSUS MILITARY RULE by Lev Luis Grinberg Routledge, 2009Review by Oren YiflachelIT WILL NOT BE NEWS FOR MOST readers that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is...
Does It Really Work? A Critique of Fear-Based Crime Prevention
THE MASS MEDIA ARE BUZZING ABOUT THE "FRESH twists" that contemporary criminologists are putting on their field's classical deterrence paradigm. Both conservatives and liberals are finding reasons to praise CUNY professor David Kennedy, the patron saint...
Graveyard Detroit
The word "graveyard" doesn't apply just to places where physically dead bodies are interred. Figuratively, it means a place where worn-out or obsolete equipment or objects are kept. Its meaning can be stretched to connote a depository of worn-out ideas.Recent...
Health Reform: Two Responses to Dr. Flowers
Comment from Richard Kirsch,National Campaign Manager for Health Care for America Now:While the new health care law is far from ideal, there is absolutely no question that we should welcome the law as a major step toward social justice in our nation....
Hebrew Tones in the Blues
HEBREW TONES IN THE BLUES A FINE ROMANCE: JEWISH SONGWRITERS, AMERICAN SONGS by David Lehman, Schocken, 2009Review by Rodger KamenetzDAVID LEHMAN BRINGS A poet's fine ear Xa A Fine Romance, a book of tunes and cultural attunement that moves lyrically...
How Judaism Redeems Western Philosophy
Philosophers of Catastrophe and the Last Kantian in Nazi Germany:AFTER CLASS, A GROUP OF US OFTEN FOLLOWED THE EMINENT PHILOSOPHER Emil Fackenheim to his bus stop outside Hebrew University, stretching our brains to find a smart question to ask him. When...
How Much Change Will the Earth Require of Us?
WHEN PAUL WAPNER raises the issue of mastery vs. humility as a central environmental dilemma, he is asking how extensive a change would be necessary for humanity to adopt a humble stance toward nature. Many believe that such a shift would require a transformation...
Humility in a Climate Age
Taxe your well-disciplined strengths and stretch them between two opposing poles. Because inside human beings is where God learns.-Rainer Maria RilkeTHERE IS A BATTLE GOING ON FOR THE SOUL OF environmentalism. How it plays out will determine our ability...
Immigration: Don't Let "Reform" Be an Excuse for Increased Repression
THE DEEPLY FLAWED PLAN FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM put forward by Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (and backed by Obama) is not a positive place to begin the discussion.While the nation's media attention was focused...
Invincible Hip-Hop: Slipping the Medicine In
EVEN IN A GENRE AS DIVERSE AND CONTROVERSIAL AS HIP-HOP, INVINCIBLE stands out- and not just for her lyrics. Born liana Weaver, she is known as one of the top underground female emcees in the country, despite her famous line, "I wanna be known as the...
Israeli Cinema Continues to Shine
ISRAELI CINEMA CONTINUES TO SHINEAJAMl, lnosan Productions, 2010FOR MY FATHER, Film Movement, 2010by Ralph SeligerFOR A COUNTRY SO SMALL, Israel has remarkable film and television production industries. Before the nomination of Ajami for this year's...
Letters
Readers RespondANOTE 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...
Liberals and Progressives Need a New Strategy in the Obama Years
THE 2008 ELECTIONS REVEALED THE GREAT YEARNING of a majority of Americans for a world based on peace, social justice, generosity, environmental sanity, and recognition that our well-being is tied to the well-being of everyone else on the planet.Yet many...
Living through the End of Nature
PLAN B 4.0 Lester R. Brown W.W. Norton & Co., 2009LIVING THROUGH THE END OF NATURE Paul Wapner The MIT Press, 2010Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, and Paul Wapner, director of the Global Environmental Politics Program in the...
Meditations on Activism
MEDITATIONS ON ACTIVISM MOSAIC ORPHEUS by Peter Dale Scott McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009Review by Alan WilliamsonTHE LAST QUARTER OF THE twentieth century was not the strongest period for American political poetry. True, the identity-experiences...
Mindful Motherhood
THERE IS PERHAPS NO TIME, WITH THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTION OF FACING death, that greeting "things as it is" as Suzuki Roshi once put it, is more called for than during pregnancy, childbirth, and early motherhood. Facing the birth of a child is a frontier-...
Naturalism as Mastery?
PAUL WAPNER IS RIGHT TO POSE CRITICAL QUESTIONS about a new environmentalism rooted in technical innovation and the human mastery of nature. As he suggests, it seduces us with the possibility of avoiding constraints, limits, and the difficult moral choices...
Obama, the Tao, and Planetary Consciousness: The Songs of Penguins and Whales
I DON'T AGREE WITH ALL OF Barack Obama's positions or policies; he's way too Center Right for me on marijuana, gay marriage, preemptive and permanent war, mercenary armies, extreme renditions, Guantánamo and other war crimes, subservience to Wall Street...
Self Transformation, Social Transformation
The mercy of the West has been social revolution; the mercy of the East has been individual insight into the basic self/void. We need both.-Gary Snyder, Earth House HoldLEFT PROGRESSIVES ARE OFTEN SUSPICIOUS OF RELIGION, AND FOR GOOD reason. Religious...
Spirituality in a Time of Crisis
READING PAUL WAPNER'S ARTICLE, I FOUND MYSELF sympathizing with those environmentalists who believe that we need to do something wow- whatever might be possible- to avert catastrophic climate change. Yet, like Paul, I am convinced that technology alone...
Suspense, Malaise, and the Movies
[FILM]SUSPENSE, MALAISE, AND THE MOVIESTHE GHOSTWRITER, Summit Entertainment, 2010THEWHITERIBBON, Sony Pictures Classics, 2009SHUTTERISLAND, Paramount Pictures, 2010Review by David SterritiSUSPENSEFUL MOVIES HAVE always been popular, but moviegoers (and...
The Machiavellian Dilemma: Paradoxes and Perils of Democratic Governance
ON AN UNSEASONABLY WARM FALL EVENING IN November 2008, 1 joined thousands of people in Grant Park, cheering the win in each state, and relishing the grand collective jubilation of shouts, dancing, cries, laughter, and hugs when the polls closed at 11:00...
The Politics of Holding on to Health Care Reform
The Contrarian article in the September/ October 2009 issue argued that "the perfect should not be the enemy of the good" in adopting health care reform and that "one can only hope that Congress will have the will to embrace a process of continuing improvements...
Zionism's Boundaries
IMPOSSIBLE PEACE: ISRAEL/ PALESTINE SINCE 1989 by Mark LeVine, Zed Books, 2009THE MAKING OF MODERN ISRAEL, 1948-1967 by Leslie Stein, Polity, 2009POLITICS AND VIOLENCE IN ISRAEL/ PALESTINE: DEMOCRACYVERSUS MILITARY RULE by Lev Luis Grinberg, Routledge,...