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. 11, No. 3, May

After the Summit: What's Next?
More than one thousand eight hundred (yes, 1,800) people attended the Summit on Ethics and Meaning held April 14-16 in Washington, D.C. It was a historic event -- a huge gathering of people committed to transforming America's public and private life,...
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And Adam Knew Eve: A Meditation
All creatures yearn for intimacy. The loneliness of the discrete individual is transcended only through fusion with another, which is the principle combination at the root of creation.In his gloss on the opening lines of Genesis, that supreme rabbinic...
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Answering the Standard Objections to the Politics of Meaning
What are the central goals of the Campaign for a Politics of Meaning?A. To build a society that encourages mutual recognition, caring, ethical and spiritual sensitivity, and ecologically attuned social practices.But will this be imposed by government?No....
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Don't Ask Dr. Science
The Chicago Gangster Theory of Life: Nature's Debt to Society, by Andrew Ross. Verso, 1995. 308 pp., $17.95. The Cultural Studies Times, Vol. 1, no. 3, Fall 1995.Science, Nonscience, and Nonsense, by Michael Zimmerman Johns Hopkins University Press,...
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Healing America, Body and Soul
For many progressives, Pat Buchanan's campaign, with its appeal to Americans' fears of unemployment, has revived memories of the 1992 Clinton campaign's unofficial slogan: "It's the economy, stupid]" In so doing, it has cast new doubts on the argument...
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Jerusalem Journal
Monday, March 11It just like the Scud attacks," says Miriam, next to me on the El Al flight. "You never know where the next one will hit; you're just waiting. Sure it'll come, but where...." She pauses. "Everyone says, 'Why go home to Tel Aviv now Stay...
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Kultur Kampf
Culture and Catastrophe: German and Jewish Confrontations with National Socialism and Other Crises, by Steven Aschheim. New York University Press, 1996, 210 pp., hard cover, $40.A generation ago, historians in search of Nazism's origins went rummaging...
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Militias and the Broken Heartland
A Force Upon the Plain: The American Militia Movement and the Politics of Hate, by Kenneth S. Stern. Simon & Schuster, 1996. 303 pp. $24.On April 19, 1995, a bomb blew the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and 169 of its occupants...
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Morality and the Market
I find myself secretly cheering Pitchfork Pat Buchanan's determination to sling his new populist rhetoric all the way for the G.O.P. Convention in San Diego this August. If this great white demagogue decides to run as an independent after the convention,...
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Objectivity and Ideology
Re-Inventing the Jewish Past: European Jewish Intellectuals and the Zionist Return to History, by David Myers. Oxford University Press, 1995. 278 pp. $49.Since its emergence in the beginning of the nineteenth century, the field of Jewish Studies has...
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Observing the Sabbath
Every Saturday, on my way to the gym, I run into the Sabbath observers on their way to services. The bedecked, multiparous women wearing what look like "high holiday" outfits (I remind myself that, except for Yom Kippur, Shabbat is the highest holiday...
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Oratory, Exile, and Punning
The Moor's Last Sigh, by Salman Rushdie. Pantheon, 1995. 45 pp. $25.Imagine having to describe human existence from as strange a remove as a guru on a mountain top or the Count of Monte Cristo in his cell. That's the task that Salman Rushdie, isolated...
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The Balanced Budget Myth
What if you woke up one morning to discover that all the talk about the need to reduce the debt and balance the budget was totally wrong--that, in fact, reducing the debt might very well lead to a recession or depression Actually, this does seem to be...
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The Inner City and the Inner Life
The Analyst in the Inner City: Race, Class, and Culture Through a Psychoanalytic Lens, by Neil Altman. The Analytic Press, 1995. 188 pp. $29.95.Psychoanalysis has played a curious and distinctive role in our intellectual and cultural life. Depending...
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The Politics of Meaning as a Challenge to Neocapitalism
We may be at the beginning of a sea-change in American politics, a moment of serious challenge to the twenty-year-long ascendancy of the neocapitalist creed that the market should determine both the worth and the destiny of persons and communities. As...
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The Psychodynamics of Cynicism
At the risk of sounding New-Agey or flaky, I pose the following questions: Why is it that babies and toddlers can look us straight in the eye, yet adults can't look each other straight in the eye And, what makes me feel that I had to preface these questions...
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The Reconstruction of Community Meaning
Since the onset of this presidential campaign season, journalists, pollsters, politicians, and scholars have spent considerable energies plumbing the depths of America's discontent. Countless surveys, newspaper series, journal articles -- as well as...
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Toward a Meaningful Ecological Politics
The word "ecology" comes from the Greek root meaning "home." The idea is that the is a place of close relationships -- that plants, animals, minerals, and humans matter to each other and together constitute an integrated whole. Ecology, as a scientific...
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