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. 1, January

Are You Now, or Have You Ever Been, a Homosexual?
A Place at the Table: The Gay Individual in American Society, by Bruce Bawer. Simon & Schuster, 1994. 269 pages. Winter's Light: Reflections of a Yankee Queer, by John Preston. University Press of New England, 1995. 175 pages. Virtually Normal: An...
Attacks from the Left
Alexander Cockburn, a columnist for The Nation, published vicious attacks on the politics of meaning in The Los Angeles Times on December 14, 1995 and The Nation, on December 25, 1995. Decrying what he sees as the "hot air" of calling for "institutions...
Bad Medicine
As a physician, I have spent the last year watching the rapid evisceration of American medicine by a Republican-supported corporate takeover of health care. Given the rapid decline in the access to and quality of health care during that time, the American...
Before and After: Some Personal Reflections
I was not in Israel when Rabin was assassinated. For two weeks prior to the murder I had been on a lecture tour in the United States and the United Kingdom. Only a few days earlier I had spoken on current social issues in Israel. In my talk, I maintained...
Border Crossings
I cannot stop looking. At The Photograph. On the front page of The New York Times, Friday, November 10, 1995. Right before Shabbat. Yasir Arafat is sitting shiva with Leah Rabin. At home in her Tel Aviv apartment. He is in the living room. Eating cookies....
Charisma: The Virtual as Personal
At his death, Rabin became everybody's virtual chaver.My dad had his own Rabin-his field commander, a mostly mythical figure. Even years later when Rabin's part in the '48 refugee problem surfaced, Rabin himself remained a pure Ari Ben-Canaan, the handsome...
Experts and Citizens: Rethinking Professionalism
Something has gone wrong with the professions in the United States. Where law, medicine, and the other venerable "learned professions" once served as models of useful knowledge in service to the community, today's entrants to these fields find them beset...
Feeling Betrayed by the Tribe
After the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, I've been finding it increasingly difficult to see myself embracing the whole of the Jewish people in the same tribal way and with the tribal consciousness that got me to volunteer to leave a pleasant life in...
From Remorse to Peace
The path from the Hebron Massacre to the Rabin murder was only twenty months long. What begins with the hatred, subjugation, humiliation, and murder of Arabs ends with the murder of Jews. In our generation as in the generation of Abraham, the fates of...
Getting to the Garden
As in a dream, the highway was sunlit, empty. Who would set out on a punishing day like December 10, with a wind-chill factor of minus 17, unless they had to?Gliding toward the New Jersey Turnpike on the painfully cold morning of the Madison Square Garden...
In Search of Hope
One so wants to wrest a measure of hope from the murder of Israel's prime minister, as if Jews--even outside of Genesis, millennia after Jacob--can wrestle with the angels of their destiny and actually emerge with not only a wound but a blessing. I don't...
Jews Don't Kill Jews
"Jews don't kill Jews" was the shocked response of much of the Jewish world to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. This slogan certainly has its uses as a myth of Jewish morality aimed at bringing an increasingly polarized polity back to some measure...
Making the Memory a Blessing
Yitzhak Rabin unquestionably thought of himself as a loyal Zionist. It is ironic, therefore, that he did more than any other Israeli leader to create the conditions for an Israeli culture and society that some would call postzionist. Of course, this...
Moral Lessons from an Assassination
The first and most obvious lesson from this heinous deed is that Kierkegaard was resoundingly wrong: There is no teleological suspension of the ethical. However much we may trust in God's goodness, we may not use any divine commandment -- little less...
On the Limits of Critical Thinking
Working with graduate students in the humanities, I have noticed a trait common to young scholars in a variety of fields: They are really good at being critical. For many students today, being smart means being critical. To find Kant's errors, Spivak's...
Orthodoxy and the Assassination: A Roundtable Discussion
We went to a wide variety of Orthodox leaders in Israel, the West Bank settlements, and the United States and invited them to discuss the role of Orthodoxy in creating the conditions that led to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. Without exception,...
Rabin Is Dead: A Personal Reflection
"One minute a man is alive...then he is dead." I'm studying this excised quote on the back of Paul Auster's book, The Invention of Solitude. It's 3:30 Saturday afternoon, November 4, 1995 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I'm bothered, yet curious, about...
Religion, Zionism, and Religious Zionism
As the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians moves forward, and the decision on the fate of the West Bank draws near, the religious Zionist movement--now virtually identified with the settlements--has found itself at the heart of the political...
Remapping the Landscape
The shiva is over. And the shloshim. After the countdown comes the trial, so now is the time for each of us to begin to write our own sentence .... The signs of mourning have not been entirely erased by the rains and the routines of life in the aftermath:...
The Assassination
In history, all at once the past and present come together.All June, the beginning of July of 1993, the desert sun beat down on those in vigil on Terra Sancta, Friday afternoons in Jerusalem.We were the Women in Black, some of us in partial black --...
The Assassination in Light of Jewish Religious Law
Rabbinic law cannot legitimately be used to justify the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.Rabbinic law includes stringent provisions for due process of law. Further, the rabbis smothered the death penalty with rules designed to limit its...
The Budget: How Badly Do We Screw the Poor?
In December, shortly after I had received ordination as rabbi, I was arrested along with sixty other clergy and religious leaders at a nonviolent protest that we staged at the Capitol. We were protesting the assault on the poor currently contemplated...
The Civil War Has Begun
The murder of Yitzhak Rabin was the symbolic opening of the civil war that will be the center of Jewish attention for years to come. That civil war is being fought to determine the nature of Jewish existence in the postmodern world. Yet the American...
The End of Illusion
What follows is a measure of what I have learned in the aftermath of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.First, the belief that "Jews don't do things like this" appears to have been an expression of hollow conceit. And the anguish that many Jewish leaders...
The Golden Bowl Is Broken
"The golden bowl is broken, but it was golden." --F. Scott FitzgeraldAs jostling mourners moved toward Yitzhak Rabin's burial site, Senator Ted Kennedy, carrying a small bag, was separated from the other American VIPs and left behind the security barrier....
The Lord Is a Man of War?
Since Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, I've found myself weeping in the most unlikely places. At a performance of Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock, when a mother whose son has been killed in the Troubles beseeches the Blessed Virgin to "Take away our...
The Power of Tikkun
If someone were to ask me to explain on one foot the difference between the Left and the Right, this is how I would respond: The difference is in the belief, or in the ability to believe, that despite the natural and eternal powers that dominate us,...
The Propaganda of the Present: Reflections on Civic Identity in the Media Age
In his 1990 Nobel lecture, the Mexican poet Octavio Paz retrieves from memory his earliest encounter with the news. It was the moment he first began to suspect that the real present was bigger and wider than the one he inhabited as a child.Paz begins...
The Second Revolution
Yitzhak Rabin's place in history was assured before his death in the square that now bears his name.His signature on the peace agreements with the Palestinians placed him among the short list of national leaders who have decisively moved the national...
The Wha-Wha Blues
Frederick Binz--Binzy, the drummer in my father's old jazz band--visited my mother in the mental hospital on the first day of Passover.He arrived about four in the afternoon, wearing a battered fedora--my mother called it his Johnny Dollar hat--a pale...
They Want the World, and They Want It Now
Jihad vs. McWorld: How the Planet Is Both Falling Apart and Coming Together--and What This Means for Democracy, by Benjamin Barber. Times Books, 1995. 381 pp. $25.Several years ago, Benjamin Barber, a professor at Rutgers University, wrote a stimulating...
Think Again
Think a Second Time, by Dennis Prager. HarperCollins, 1995. 255 pp. $24.The Jewish community continues to suffer from the loss of growing numbers of disaffected youth. In desperation, the directors of synagogues and community centers are looking for...
To Live as God's Image
The tragic death of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is the predictable (would that we had been paying attention]) outcome of a process that has been taking place in the Jewish people since 1967, an outcome of the prolonged and bitter occupation of the West...
Who Are We? an Orthodox Perspective
Two Kohanim, equal in status, were running to sacrifice a sheep in the Temple. One pulled out a knife and stabbed the other in the heart. The father of the wounded youth came and found him still in convulsions. He said, "May he be an atonement for you....
Why We Weep
When I learned of the murder of Yitzhak Rabin, I was stunned--simultaneously shattered, shamed, and exceedingly angry. As Amoz Oz suggested, it was as if the shots fired at Mr. Rabin had been fired at each and every one of us.And why was I angry? In...
Wrestling with the Bible
The Nakedness of the Father: Biblical Visions and Revisions, by Alicia Suskin Ostriker, Rutgers University Press, 1994, 256 pages. $22.Widely known for her landmark study, Stealing the Language: The Emergence of omen's Poetry, Alicia Suskin Ostriker...
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