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. 6, November/December

After the 2010 Elections: Will Obama Stop Betraying His Progressive Base?
SOMETIME IN MID-SEPTEMBER 2010, PRESIDENT Obama suddenly discovered that twenty months of governing by capitulation to the very mainstream ideas he campaigned against in 2008 was a losing strategy. But instead of acknowledging his errors, he acted as...
A Great Yearning Fills Them All
A GREAT YEARNING FILLS THEM ALL... GHOSTS OF HOME: THE AFTERLIFE OF CZERNOWITZ IN JEWISH MEMORY by Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer University of California Press, 2010"THESE FRAGMENTS I HAVE shored against my ruins ..." The conclusion of TS. Eliot's...
America to Washington: "We Have a Problem"
WHO CAN FORGET THE LOW-KEY, UNDERSTATED report from Jim Lovell that something was a miss as Apollo 13 circled the moon"Houston, we have a problem"? Lovell's problem was serious, the likelihood of a solution remote, and the lives of the astronauts saved...
Coercive Environments
COERCIVE ENVIRONMENTS YOUTH IN A SUSPECT SOCIETY: DEMOCRACY OR DISPOSABILITY by Henry Giroux Palgrave MacMillan, 2009EDUCATION, CONSUMERISM. Incarceration. Henry Giroux's new book identifies these as three key forces in binding contemporary youth to...
Elements of a Philosophy for Diaspora Judaism
An Introduction to Rabbi Aaron Samuel Tamaret's "The Exile of the Presence and the Presence of the Exile"WHY BE JEWISH? WHY JOIN TEMPLES? WHY BOTHER TO INTRODUCE OUR children to Jewish ideas and practices? Answers to these questions vary from person...
Fasting for Tom Zipper
I SENT A TEXT TO MY RABBI, ASKING whether I would have to give up coffee for Yom Kippur- but my cell phone "corrected" my message, assuming that "Yom Kippur" was my typo-laden attempt to thumbtype "Tom Zipper."My rabbi texted me back, asking (reasonably...
How Hannah Arendt Was Labeled an "Enemy of Israel"
ADHOMINEM ATTACK IS NOT NEW IN JEWISH POLITICS. INTIMIDATION of critics of Israeli policy is as old as the modern State of Israel itself. The discourse within Zionism about Israel's path to security and peace has not been tolerant of dissenting ideas....
How Science-And Civilization-Survived the Twenty-First Century
by M.L.K. Patel, translated from the future-speak by David BeldenEditor's note: We have received this article from the future! Our thanks to anachronismus.net-slogan: "Out of time? We deliver!"-for this article from the next century, dated July 2111.POPULAR...
Introduction: A Spiritual Approach to Evolution
DON'T WORRY, WE ARE NOT ABOUT TO JOIN THE CREATIONISTS WITH THEIR rejection of evolution and insistence that God planted all those dinosaur bones to test your faith. The set of articles you are about to read are written by people who accept the notion...
Iranophobia: The Panic of the Hegemons
Iranophobia (noun): an excessive, irrational fear of Iran, almost always expressed as fear of a nuclear-armed Iran.ISRAEL'S IRANOPHOBIA MAY IN PART BE TRACED BACK TO DOMESTIC TENSIONS between secular Ashkenazi (European-rooted) and the Orthodox and Mizrahi...
Jewish Anti-Zionism
JEWISH ANTI-ZIONISM A THREAT FROM WITHIN: A CENTURY OF JEWISH OPPOSITION TO ZIONISM by Yakov M. Rabkin; translated from French by Fred A. Reed Fernwood Books, 2006EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE AN important book flies under our radar systems; this is one of them....
JFK, Obama, and the Unspeakable
OUR GREAT PROPHECIES ARE CONTINGENCIES. THE WAY OUR GREATEST U.S. prophet, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., put our common future in the nuclear age was: "The choice today is no longer between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence."King's...
Latin America's Rising Left
[FILM]LATIN AMERICA'S RISING LEFTSOUTH OF THE BORDERJose Ibanez/Cinema Libre StudioOLIVER STONE HAS PROVIDED a great antidote to mainstream U.S. media coverage of Latin America with his latest film, South of the Border. People in the United States who...
Letters
Readers RespondA NOTE 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....
Middle East Peace Negotiations?
UNTIL THE POPULATIONS OF ISRAEL AND PALESTINE really want peace, the peace negotiations will be nothing but a slightly sad sideshow, unless the Obama administration, momentarily freed from its own electoral concerns, is prepared to put forward a substantive...
Nature Has a Mind of Its Own
THE GREAT AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGIST WILLIAM James had just finished a lecture on the nature of reality when a little old lady approached him. "Excuse me, Professor," she said, "but I'm afraid you've got it all wrong. The world is really supported on the...
Not My Priorities: A National Campaign to Decrease Military Spending
HOW MUCH DO WE REALLYNEED TO SPEND TO DEFEND OURSELVES?At $708 billion, the Pentagon gets nearly 60 percent of our discretionary budget (the money Congress is free to allocate). Meanwhile our schools are in crisis, lacking the money for teachers and...
Obama: The Fear of Assassination and What You Can Do about It
Change has come to America.-President Obama, November 2O08PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA HAS OCCUPIED THE OVAL OFFICE FOR MORE THAN one and a half years. The passing of the baton from a conservative Republican to a liberal Democrat raised high hopes among people...
Oscar Grant or Lebron James? the Systemic Devaluation of Black Life in America
BACK IN JULY, A LOS ANGELES JURY announced its verdict in the case of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer Johannes Mehserle. The officer, who is white, shot and killed Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man, on January 1, 2009. The incident, which...
Prophetic Contingency: Why Jim Douglass's JFK Book Matters
Hope comesfrom walking through the darkness of our history.-James W. DouglassTHIS NOVEMBER MARKS THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF JOHN F. KENNEDY'S election. The best way to honor his legacy is to muster the courage to walk again through the "dark history"...
Racial Justice: New Structures and New Selves
[BOOKS]THE MACHINERY OF WHITENESS, by Steve Martinet, Temple University Press, 2010CATEGORICALLY UNEQUAL, by Douglas S. Massey, Russell Sage Foundation Publications, 2007THE ART OF HAPPINESS IN ATROUBLED WORLD, by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, Doubleday...
Rilke's America
Tell us, poet, what you do- ipraiseOnly, instead, the grave rasp of Koheletpraising thedead, which are already deadmore than the living, which are yet alive.Yea, better he than both, who has not yet been,nor seen the evil work done under the sun.The...
Strange Land, New World
I AM THE FIRST JEW TO LIVE IN THIS CLOISTERED BENEDICTINE monastery. I don't blend. I wear a kippah everywhere I go, and I observe the Sabbath and all Jewish holidays. I'm studying to become a rabbi, and I live here in this remote community of Catholic...
The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism
THE ENIGMA OF CAPITAL AND THE CRISES OF CAPITALISM David Harvey Oxford University Press, 2010WE PRETTY MUCH THOUGHT WE HAD HEARD THE END of the economistic Marxists whose predictions of doom for capitalism have been falsified by the experience of advanced...
The Exile of the Presence and the Presence of the Exile
THE EVENTS OF HISTORY MOVE RAPIDLY IN THIS WORLD: NATIONS DECLINE and nations arise. Every nation in its heyday holds the world firmly in the palm of its hand: it plucks the wool without tiring, devours the flesh ravenously, and at the same time tries...
The New Theory versus the Old Story
ARE HUMANS AN ORGANISM PRIMARILY RULED BY the inescapable biological dictate of "survival of the fittest" and "selfish genes"? Or do we have the inbuilt drive and ability to choose to live by an ethos of mutual aid, caring for others, ultimately love?A...
The Presence of Living Organisms
RAY BARGLOW CRITICIZES MYATTRIBUTION OF AN in-dwelling presence to plant life by saying, essentially, that my attribution is wrong because science has demonstrated that the movement of plants can be explained by purely material factors. He cites a passage...
The Responsibility of Theology to Science
ARTISTS WHO CREATE ICONS AND SACRED MUSIC often describe their activity as a form of prayer. I think too that if nature is understood, in some sense, as the work of God, then seeking to discover the ways of nature through science might also be experienced...
The Secret Life of Plants
IS THERE A SPIRITUAL DIMENSION TO THE STORY OF THE universe that biological evolution tells?In "Creationism and the Spirit of Nature" (Tikkun, November/December 1987), an essay reprinted in The Bank Teller and Other Essays on the Politics ofMeaning,...