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. 3, May

A Clear and Future Danger
The Third Reich was defeated in May 1945 but Nazism was not. Neo-Nazis throughout Europe desire to resurrect National Socialism and make it a politically viable movement. They do so in various ways, among them denying: the Holocaust. Motivated by an...
Affirmative Action and Racial Harmony
Unless there is an unforeseen upsurge of emotionally compelling support for affirmative action by a cross-racial coalition in the near future, its demise appears likely to be the next nail in the New Deal coffin. Should we understand this as being the...
American Public Memory on the Washington Mall
On April 22, 1993, the opening of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum--an institution devoted to the idea that public representation of shattering historical events contributes to the civic health of the nation--attracted worldwide attention....
Blood, Sweat, and Tears: The Tuskegee Experiment and the Era of AIDS
Last winter, as controversy swirled over the (nomination of Dr. Henry Foster as U.S. Surgeon General, opponents produced a bombshell allegation: In 1969, when Foster was a medical professor at Alabama's Tuskegee Institute and vice president of the Macon...
Crossing the River Vistula
I am usually the first faculty member to arrive at the college on Thursday mornings, so I am delighted but surprised to find my teacher there also. It is the coldest day of the year so far, and the wind-chill has turned the canyons of Manhattan into...
Father's Day
Last June 19, I made a Father's Day excursion, journeying from Los Angeles to Riverdale, New York, to visit with my ailing dad at the Hebrew Home for the Aged. Dad had always joked about the inequity that his birthday and Father's Day tended to coincide,...
Fiftieth Anniversaries of 1945
The Second World War was one of the great tragedies of human history, involving the unnecessary and premature deaths of more than forty million people. Its commemoration this year should have been marked by worldwide mourning for $1 who were lost, an...
Gone Fishng
Consider fishing. Think hooks, bait, lures, rods. Dream of young men who grew up in Montana or Wyoming and reminisced about rising before dawn, creeping through fog and mist, piercing fleshy worms with eager steel, searching their fathers' eyes for approval...
High-Tech Populism in the Information Age
Immediately following the November elections that swept the Republicans into power in the U.S. Congress for the first time since 1952, pollsters asked voters in focus groups why they switched their party allegiance so abruptly. To their surprise, the...
Lost Jewish (Male) Souls: A Midrash on Angels in America
Tony Kushner's 1993 Pulitzer-Prize-winning play, Angels in America, is very gay. And Jewish. It's about assimilation, self-loathing, and men with lost souls; the betrayal of the faith and the abandonment of a moral vision. Depending on who the viewer...
Lost Opportunities for Peace: Reassessing the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Among the most enduring and potent of the conventional beliefs about the Arab-Israeli conflict--an article of faith in Israel widely accepted by the outside world as well--is the view that until very recently the Palestinians and most Arab states refused...
McNamara's Repentance
It gives scant satisfaction to the tens of thousands of I Americans who gave their lives or limbs in Vietnam for an immoral and unnecessary war, or to those of us who relinquished U.S. citizenship rather than fight, or went to prison for demonstrating...
Midnight Smelting
I swerve like a recovering Communistthrough New York's Southern Tier,a paradise of Croatian sausages and supercomputers,of flight simulators and sensible shoes,a topographyof floodplain and forest,of dreary cities intersectedby the Chenango and the Susquehanna,whose...
National Interests and Selective Memorialization of Atrocities
The end of World War II fifty years ago revealed the most shocking systemization of atrocities against groups of human beings in human history. These revelations are burned in my own mind by images of the Nazi death camps in newsreels at the movies when...
No Cause for Celebration
In August of this year a group called Omega will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by bringing together people "who have transformed their experience of the Holocaust into heroism, hope, and healing." We blame Holocaust deniers...
On the Edge of Change -- None to Accompany Me by Nadine Gordimer
For more than forty years, Nadine Gordimer has explored the edge of change, the leap or slide by which uncommitted people commit themselves. While most contemporary American fiction focuses on the nugget of self, the individual connected only to family...
Radwan
The cliche about the Middle East is that the conflicts are all 2,000 years old, and I went there fully expecting to find people tyrannized by questions left unresolved for centuries. But Arabs and Jews spend more time arguing about and acting on their...
Reading and Reading Ruth -- Reading Ruth: Contemporary Women Reclaim a Sacred Story Edited by Judith A. Kates and Gail Twersky Reimer
Of the acts one might perform the most a text, rereading it might be Jewish, unless I could argue that arguing about it is more Jewish, and we could then dispute this and prove it with rereads of texts, which would be the most Jewish of all. Hence, the...
Spirituality and Politics: Lessons from B'not Esh
One of the earliest and most important lessons I learned from my Jewish feminist spirituality collective, B'not Esh, concerned the connection between spirituality and politics. In seeking to get to know each other when we first met in 1981, we spent...
The Cold Face of the Contract
It's an often-repeated mantra among progressives that the political parties have become virtually interchangeable. And as we read accounts of President Clinton's accommodation to the tenets of the Contract with America--his jockeying to match the Republicans...
Their War and Ours
For my parents, it would always be "the War." I never met anyone of their generation whose lives didn't seem to pivot around that awful--and glorious--time. First, the Nazi attacks on German Jews, then the encroaching fear as Hitler's legions conquered...
The Other Holocaust Museum
Los Angeles has the other Holocaust museum--it's glitzy, appeals to the MTV generation with interactive multimedia, and counts Arnold Schwartzenegger among its fund-raisers. But it's different from Washington's U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in another...
The Politician Within
While politics will always be about getting things done, or stopping things from happening, most citizens know that there is usually a private, even a secret dimension to the ways in which their political beliefs, commitments, and actions have evolved...
The Politics of the Dead
In the spring of 1945, a powerful desire to begin again comingled with the passion for revenge. While the crematoria of Auschwitz bore witness to the depravity, the chance of redemption out of the ashes offered desperately needed hope. Could the victory...
The Politics of Triage: The Contract with America's Surplus Populations
Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is now America's most influential and publicized politician, getting almost as much newsprint as O.J. Simpson. Gingrich deserves the attention, for he is ushering in a revolutionary form of politics that I call triage....
The Sampolne Rebbe
Last year there was no summer at all in the ghetto. Soon after Pesach an ice cold wind suddenly started blowing again. Sterile clouds floating by left a trace of sickly pallor in the hollow sky. Winter refused to loose its grip, and ever since Hanukkah...
To Those Born Later
Truly, I live in dark times!The guileless word is folly. A smooth foreheadSuggests insensitivity. The man who laughsHas simply not yet hadThe terrible news.What kind of times are they, whenA talk about trees is almost a crimeBecause it implies silence...
"Two Things Have I Heard": Psalms in the Voice of Paul Celan
One line from a 1966 poem by Paul Celan simply transliterates the Hebrew Ashrei, meaning "happy," which is Psalm One's opening word that reverberates throughout the Psalms and Jewish prayer. In Psalm 84, for instance: "Happy are they that dwell in Thy...
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