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. 12, No. 6, November/December

A Family Portrait at the End of History
A family portrait of Jewish American writers at present would be a gallery piece for sure, something you could take right over to MOMA and display as dada. You see the teeming extended clan, alright: der zeyde (Saul Bellow), die bubbe (Cynthia Ozick),...
After the Law
AFTER THE LAWSteve Stern is the author of two novels, two short story collections, and, most recently, of A Plague of Dreamers, a collection of novellas. He is a writer in residence at Skidmore College.Two decades ago, the late Irving Howe uttered a...
Against Logic
AGAINST LOGICRebecca Goldstein is the author of four novels, including The Mind-Body Problem and, most recently, Mazel, which won the National Jewish Book Award and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. In 1996, she became a MacArthur Fellow.Once upon a time,...
An Open Book
It's become quite fashionable, in the pages of literary reviews, on the FM airwaves, and in the hallowed halls of author appearances, to deliberate, debate, and deconstruct the question: "What Explains The Current Popularity of the Memoir?" Was Kathryn...
An Open Book: The Late, Great Memoir Debate
An Open Book: The Late, Great Memoir DebateMeredith Maran is the author of Notes From An Incomplete Revolution: Real Life Since Feminism (Bantam, 1997) and What It's Like To Live Now (Bantam, 1995).It's become quite fashionable, in the pages of literary...
A Peace Now Perspective
A Peace Now PerspectiveGalia Golan is a Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a spokesperson for Peace Now.It would be laughable if it were not so tragic; it would simply be embarrassing if it were not so disastrous....
A Rage to Punish
A RAGE TO PUNISHSol Wachtler is the former Chief Judge of New York State's Court of Appeals and Chief Judge of the State of New York. He is the author of After the Madness: A Judge's Own Prison Memoir. He lives with his wife, Joan, in Manahasset, New...
Beyond Campaign Fundraising Excesses: Clinton's Ethical Impact
BEYOND CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISING EXCESSES: CLINTON'S ETHICAL IMPACTDon't expect us to be involved in assessing campaign fundraising excesses or Paula Jones-type abuses. (When will the incessant yapping about Clinton's 1996 campaign corruption stop?) The never-ending...
Call to Action
Call to ActionJohn Roark and Kevin Grumbach are practicing physicians in the San Francisco Bay Area and board members of the California Physicians' Alliance, an affiliate of Physicians for a National Health Program.Each day in the United States, patients...
Chanukah
THE WORLD'S FIRST RECORDED NATIONAL LIBERATION STRUGGLE The Ritual Each night of Chanukah we light candles, starting with the shamas (used to light the others) and one candle, and then adding one additional candle each night for a total of eight nights....
"Character Education" Misses the Point
"Character Education" Misses the PointRick Ulfik has taught math in the New York City public school system and is a member of the Education Task Force of the Foundation for Ethics and Meaning. He can be reached through the TIKKUN office.Kids! I don't...
Crime, Race and Radical Lawyering
Black Rage Confronts the Law by Paul Harris. NYU Press, 1997. As a radical criminal defense lawyer in the San Francisco Bay area for the last twentyfive years, Paul Harris has exemplified a legal "politics of meaning." He embraces many of the best features...
Cultivating Oneness
Cultivating OnenessCharles Burack teaches writing and literature at St. Mary's College of California and is founding director of the Center for Sacred Arts in Oakland. He recently received his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.A...
David Mamet on the Old Religion
David Mamet on The Old ReligionDavid Mamet is the Pulitzer prize-winning author of numerous plays, incuding Oleanna, and films, including The Postman Always Rings Twice, Hoffa, and The Untouchables. His new novel, The Old Religion, has just been published.TIKKUN:...
Fear, Crime, and Punishment in the United States
FEAR, CRIME, AND PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATESSteven R. Donziger, a former public defender in Washington, D.C., edited The Real War on Crime (HarperPerennial: 1996). He practices law in New York City.In 1961, at the end of his term in office, President...
From after the Madness, by Sol Wachtler
From After the Madness, by Sol Wachtler: Adopt a new philosophy based on public safety rather than punishment of sinners. One that is committed to locking up violent offenders to protect our communities, but uses more effective and affordable alternative...
Ghost Stories: The New Wave of Jewish Writing
GHOST STORIES: THE NEW WAVE OF JEWISH WRITINGMorris Dickstein's books include Gates of Eden (Harvard) and Double Agent (Oxford), both recently reissued in paperback. He teaches English at CUNY, where he also directs the Center for the Humanities. Copyright...
Imagined Families
Nadine Pecora is twenty-six years old. She has a kind face surrounded by brown curls, speaks with a broad Brooklyn accent, wears sensible looking plastic-framed eyeglasses and clothes that would not set her apart in any mall in America. On a translucent...
Imagined Families: Women Behind Bars
IMAGINED FAMILIES: Women Behind BarsDebra Jo Immergut is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal and New York Magazine. She is the author of a collection of short fiction, Private Property, and is at work on a novel.Nadine Pecora is twenty-six...
Interview with Asmi B'shara
Interview with Asmi B'sharaAsmi B'shara is a member of the Israeli Knesset from the National Democratic Alliance, a Palestinian peace-oriented party in Israel.TIKKUN: Could you talk about the problems faced by those pro-peace Palestinians in the territories...
Israel's Assault on the Non-Orthodox
ISRAEL'S ASSAULT ON THE NON-ORTHODOXThe only thing offensive about the Orthodox's claim to be the only legitimate version of Judaism is their use of Israeli state power to enforce their position. After all, we too think we have a correct vision of Judaism,...
Is This Picasso, or Is It the Jews? A Family Portrait at the End of History
IS THIS PICASSO, OR IS IT THE JEWS? A Family Portrait at the End of HistoryMark Shechner is a Professor of English at SUNY, Buffalo. He is author of After the Revolution: An Essay on the Jewish-American Imagination, and Preserving the Hunger: An Isaac...
Jewish Environmental Education
"We pokeah ivrimed it!" the children shouted in unison, pointing at a bright yellow shelf mushroom on a decaying stump. As we wound our way out of the swamp at the edge of the pond, I could see two students waving their arms and gesturing enthusiastically,...
Just a Moment: Of Children and the Spiritual Life
Just a Moment: Of Children and the Spiritual LifeRabbi Bradley Shavit Artson serves Congregation Eilat, Mission Viejo, and is the author of It's A Mitzvah! Step by Step to Jewish Living (Behrman House & The Rabbinical Assembly). He is the father...
Learning about Health Care the Hard Way
My Weeks in the Hospital I spent three weeks in September in a hospital, battling for my life. What began as a sudden pain in my abdomen, and which seemed at first to be not more than an easily operable hernia, became something far worse when the emergency...
Learning about Health Care the Hard Way: My Weeks in the Hospital
Learning About Health Care the Hard Way: My Weeks in the HospitalI spent three weeks in September in a hospital, battling for my life. What began as a sudden pain in my abdomen, and which seemed at first to be not more than an easily operable hernia,...
Letters to the Editor
What's a Mitzvah? To the Editor: Your interview with Shlomo Carlebach almost sent me scurrying back to a simpler time when a mitzvah was just a mitzvah. You spoke of your Kaddish experience at an Orthodox synagogue, the "no-nonsense davening, everybody...
Love Stories
LOVE STORIESNessa Rapoport is the author of a novel, Preparing for Sabbath, and of A Woman's Book of Grieving. With Ted Solotaroff, she edited The Schocken Book of Contemporary Jewish Fiction. Copyright 1997 by Nessa Rapoport. All rights reserved.A Simple...
Machers and Mourners
Jewish history is nothing to brag about. How many millennia now of loss, torture, humiliation, and atrocity? Pick your favorite episode-make a selectionBabylonian exile, Roman sack of Jerusalem, Crusades, Inquisition, pogroms in the Pale, and, of course,...
Marchers and Mourners
MARCHERS AND MOURNERSMelvin Jules Bukiet's most recent books are the collection While the Messiah Tarries and the novel After. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.Jewish history is nothing to brag about. How many millennia now of loss, torture, humiliation,...
Of Children and the Spiritual Life
Im finding God, these days, not in the Big Miracles, but in the little things. Rather than cultivating visions of seas splitting or of mountains leaping like lambs, I'm discovering the sacred in the constant interruptions and distractions of being a...
On Cynics and Cynicism
On Cynics and CynicismA. Lawrence Chickering is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Contemporary Studies. His most recent book is Beyond Left and Right, 1993.How can we reduce cynicism in our public life? Cynicism is the defining characteristic of our...
Post-Holocaust Literature
Post-Holocaust LiteratureSanford Pinsker is Shadek Professor of Humanities at Franklin and Marshall College. He writes widely about Jewish American literature and culture.By the usual laws of literary justice, Jewish American fiction should have melted...
President Clinton, Mandatory Minimums, and Disaffirmative Action
PRESIDENT CLINTON, MANDATORY MINIMUMS, AND DISAFFIRMATIVE ACTIONMichael Tonry is Sonosky Professor of Law Public Policy at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Malign Neglect: Race, Crime, and Punishment in America (Oxford: 1995) and of Sentencing...
Ravages
An oil fire down below, and on the lit box an unmoving figure, a man from behind, forearms bare, walking a path that curves through cared for green, each plant placed so unfurling it sculpts a sort of speech. I breathe with difficulty and dark rises...
Reading Spirit
Reading SpiritRoger S. Gottlieb is Professor of Philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Among his recent publications are This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment and The Ecological Community.The Others: How the Animals Made Us Human,...
Rivera Rules
Rivera RulesJack Newfield is an Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker and a New York Post columnist. He is the author of six books, most recently Only in America: Life and Crimes of Don King.Dennis Rivera is one of the most original, effective, and...
Sounds of Renewal
Sounds of RenewalRabbi Ya'acov Gabriel leads the Jewish Renewal Congregation Har Shalom in Fort Collins, CO. He won a Canadian Grammy for producing and arranging and is a long time music reviewer for the CBC.As Chanukah approaches, I'd like to turn you...
Ten Ways to Recognize a Sephardic "Jew-Ess"
Ten Ways to Recognize a Sephardic "Jew-ess"Ruth Knafo Setton is the author of Suleika. The recipient of an NEA and two Pennsylvania Council of Arts fellowships, her fiction and essays have appeard widely. She teaches at Lafayette College. She was born...
The Jewish Literary Revival
First there was God's finger on Mount Sinai's tablets. Then came the eye-straining, wrist-numbing labor of words on sheep skin. Now narratives find themselves on paper with laser jet precision. The people of the book have egos, and with that begot authors....
The World of Our Fathers
The World of Our FathersJames Petras is a professor of Sociology at State University of New York at Binghamton and co-author of Neo-Liberalism and Class Conflict in Latin America (MacMillan Press).My father's fruit, vegetable and fish store was in an...
To Open Our Eyes: Jewish Environmental Education
To Open Our Eyes: Jewish Environmental EducationShamu Fenyvesi has previously published in Orion magazine, Washington Jewish Week, and Response, and has two essays forthcoming in the anthology Ecology and the Jewish Spirit. He teaches environmental studies...