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. 4, July

Affirming Neither Action nor Vision
When the Supreme Court's Adarand Constructors decision in June drastically limited the use of race-based affirmative action in federal programs, it seemed to capture the mood of a majority of Americans and illumine the central contradiction of liberalism....
A Meaning-Oriented Contract with American Families: Why the Christian Coalition Isn't Pro-Family Enough
A Meaning-Oriented Contract with American Families: Why the Christian Coalition Isn't Pro-Family EnoughIn May, Ralph Reed, the executive director of Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition, unveiled its Contract with the American Family, a surprisingly visionless...
Beyond Silence
Beyond SilenceEdward Feld is the rabbi of The Society for the Advancement of Judaism. His book, The Spirit of Renewal: Faith After the Holocaust, has just been reissued in paperback by Jewish Lights.In most of his work, the American theologian Arthur...
Both Sides of Bob Dylan: Public Memory, the Sixties, and the Politics of Meaning
Both Sides of Bob Dylan: Public Memory, the Sixties, and the Politics of MeaningNicholas Bromell teaches in the English Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.The "politics of meaning" is at first a speech act, a three-word phrase calling...
Dead Wrong
Dead WrongSusan Blaustein has written about criminal justice issues for Harper's, The New Yorker, The Nation, and other publications. She lives in Washington, D.C.Among The Lowest of The Dead: The Culture of Death Row, by David Von Drehle. Times Books,...
Dead Wrong -- among the Lowest of the Dead: The Culture of Death Row by David Von Drehle
Among The Lowest of The Dead: The Culture of Death Row, by David Von Drehle. Times Books, 1995. 469 pp. $25.00.Within hours of the Oklahoma City bombing, President Clinton assured Americans that the federal government would seek the death penalty for...
Hiroshima at Fifty
Hiroshima at FiftyGar Alperovitz is the author of Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam. His new book, The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb, will be published later this year by Knopf.With the fiftieth anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima on August...
Iron John and Shrinking Violet: Sex Education in the Columns of the New York Times
Iron John and Shrinking Violet: Sex Education in the Columns of The New York TimesLinda R. Hirshman is professor of law and director, Women's Legal Studies Institute, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology.Every other week for...
McNamara's Denials, and Ours
McNamara's Denials, and OursPeter Dale Scott is a former Canadian diplomat and English professor. His latest prose book, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, contains a chapter on the shift in Vietnam policy after President Kennedy's assassination.In...
McNamara's Denials, and Ours -- in Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam by Robert S. McNamara with Brian VanDeMark
In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, by Robert S. McNamara, with Brian VanDeMark, Times Books/Random House, 1995. xviii, 414 pp. $27.50.The avowed purpose of former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara's book, In Retrospect, is to help...
Modernity's Inner Demons
In the history of mankind, cruelty is not a novelty; neither is the mass cruelty of a genocide, not even of genocide of the "us versus them" type, the cruelest of them all. The Holocaust's novelty was its "new and improved" us-versus-them genocide, made...
One-on-One in Carlisle, PA
One-on-One in Carlisle, PAJay Neugeboren, writer-in-residence at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is author of ten books, including the prize-winning novels The Stolen Jew and Before My Life Began."What I think we should do after we bring in...
Panther
TIKKUN: What led you to make Panther?Mario Van Peebles: My father, Melvin van Peebles, and my mother were both very active politically when I was a kid. The first time I was allowed to stay up late was to attend a demonstration. My father made a movie...
Sanskrit Is Sexy Too, Helena Said
Sanskrit Is Sexy Too, Helena SaidCurt Leviant is the author of The Man Who Thought He Was Messiah and two other critically acclaimed novels. His stories have been included in The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories.I had Walter Kleinsaltz...
The Battle for Jerusalem
The Battle for JerusalemAaron Back and Eitan Felner are senior staff members at B'Tselem-The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. This article is based on a new B'Tselem report, "A Policy of Discrimination: Land Expropriation,...
The Essential Kabbalah
The Essential KabbalahDaniel C. Matt is professor of Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.These passages are excerpted from The Essential Kabbalah: The Heart of Jewish Mysticism, HarperSanFrancisco, 1995. Reprinted...
The Historical Jesus
The Historical JesusClaudia Setzer is assistant professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College and the author of Jewish Responses to Early Christians.When Pope John Paul II made his historic visit to the Rome synagogue in 1986, he wore the crucifix...
Toward a Liberal Theory of Halakha
Toward a Liberal Theory of HalakhaTikva Frymer-Kensky is professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Chicago Divinity School and director of biblical studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is the author of In the Wake of the Goddesses,...
Traveling with Children: Mothering and the Ethics of the Ordinary World
Traveling with Children: Mothering and the Ethics of the Ordinary WorldLaurie Zoloth-Dorfman is an ethicist with a practice in clinical bioethics in Berkeley, California.Making Reservations: The Journey as LeavetakingHere is the picture of the seeker...
Trout Fishing
Trout FishingLawrence Kushner is the rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, Massachusetts. He is the author of several books on spirituality, including Honey from the Rock and God Was in This Place and I, i Did Not Know (Jewish Lights Publishing).A...
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