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. 2, March/April

A Letter to Tikkun Readers from Cornel West
Dear TIKKUN Reader or Browser: TIKKUN magazine is about to cease publication unless it can get some significant financial support. I'm writing to ask if you would donate to the magazine to help keep it going. You may know me as a professor at Harvard...
Beauty Routines
Beauty RoutinesMiriam Peskowitz teaches at the University of Florida. She is author of Spinning Fantasies: Rabbis, Gender and History and co-editor with Laura Levitt of Judaism Since Gender. A longer version of this essay will appear in The Shabbat Series:...
Bless the Vegetation of the Earth in Times of Ecological Crisis
Add to the section where we dip the parsley or greens of the earth in the salt water and say the blessing "boray pree ha-adamah." Our holiday of freedom is also a time to rejoice in the bountiful blessings of the Earth. The Earth pours forth its riches,...
Clinton's Character Miseducation vs. the Message of Passover
was not impressed by the way that President Clinton's February "State of the Union Address" had picked up the theme of "character education" (see Thomas Lickona, "The Case for Character Education," January/February, 1997) as part of his plea for a new...
Dancing in the Eye of the Beholder
Dancing in The Eye of the BeholderFreelance writer and singer Joan Oliver Goldsmith keeps a roof over her head by writing about music, health care, and business issues. She stretches her soul by singing choral symphonies, requiem masses and contemporary...
Drops from Our Cup of Joy
Before reciting the Ten Plagues. It is traditional to spill a drop of wine from our cups as we recite each plague. Our cup of rejoicing cannot be full if our enemies are suffering. The Talmud recounts that when the heavenly angels sang songs of praise...
Editorials
EditorialsPutting Down the ProphetsIn a New York Times book review of Philip Berrigan's recent autobiography, J. Anthony Lukas reflects on the Berrigan brothers, famous for thirty years of unrelenting demonstrations against nuclear weapons, and gives...
Education for Intimacy
Education for IntimacyAmitai Etzioni is a university professor at George Washington University, founder and chair of The Communitarian Network, editor of The Responsive Community, and author of The New Golden Rule (Basic Books, December 1996).Instead...
Evita
EvitaStew Albert, a founding Yippie, is a member of the Advisory Board of the Foundation for Ethics and Meaning and of the Havurah Shalom congregation in Portland, Oregon.Not since Bonnie and Clyde has there been such a notorious, sexy and adventurous...
Greenblatt and the Jews
Greenblatt and the JewsMichelle Ephraim is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is writing her dissertation on Jewish women in sixteenth and seventeenth-century English drama.In the last year, English...
Halleluya
Egypt is mitzrayim, the strait place, the place of constraint and tightness. Tonight we seek to liberate ourselves from the ways that we keep ourselves tied up in psychological, spiritual and intellectual knots, preventing us from being in touch with...
Kiddush
Before the Kiddush (the first blessing over the wine). We are gathered here tonight to affirm our continuity with the generations of Jews who have kept alive the vision of freedom inherent in the Passover story. We proudly affirm that we are the descendants...
Learning to Read
My mother would not teach me to read. Experts in newspapers and pop books said school must receive us virgin Secrets were locked in those black scribbles on white, magic to open the sky and the earth. In a book I tried to guess from pictures, a mountain...
Letters
We welcome letters from readers, but we are able to print only a small fraction of the huge volume we receive. Be prepared to have your letters dramatically shortened, edited, and sometimes changed in order to bring out more fully what you seem to be...
Myth, Spit, and Vietnam Vets: More on the Politics of Memory
Myth, Spit, and Vietnam Vets: More on the Politics of MemoryJerry Lee Lembke is Associate Professor of Sociology at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is currently working on a book on the myth of the spat-upon Vietnam veteran.Elizabeth...
Pinch Hitter
It being August, Herb Sigorsky was away on his annual sun 'n shmooze junket to the Holy Land, so when Gene Elman, treasurer of the Men's Club, collapsed from a stroke on the tennis court one Sunday, the chore of visiting the hospital fell to the junior...
Pinch Hitter
Pinch HitterRobert Cohen teaches in the Department of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University. His most recent novel is The Here and the Now.It being August, Herb Sigorsky was away on his annual sun'n'shmooze junket to the...
Post-Modernism and Psychoanalysis: Fiddling While Rome Burns
Post-modernism and Psychoanalysis: Fiddling While Rome BurnsMichael Bader is a psychoanalyst practicing in San Francisco and is on the editorial board of TIKKUN.Our culture has increasingly given up on the possibility of alleviating human suffering....
Post-Modernism and Psycholanalysis: Fiddling While Rome Burns
Our culture has increasingly given up on the possibility of alleviating human suffering. When Bill Clinton vowed to "end welfare as we know it"and then did-he was expressing the tip of an iceberg of cynicism about the value and moral imperative of helping...
Pour out Thy Wrath
After the meal, before opening the door for Elijah and before saying "Shefokh Chamatkha." Tonight we remember our six million sisters and brothers who perished at the hands of the Nazis and at the hands of hundreds of thousands of anti-Semites-many of...
Promise Keepers: Patriarchy's Second Coming as Masculine Renewal
Promise Keepers: Patriarchy's Second Coming as Masculine RenewalMichael S. Kimmel's most recent book is Manhood in America: A Cultural History (Free Press, 1996). He teaches sociology at SUNY at Stony Brook.It was Shea Stadium in late September, after...
Putting Down the Prophets
In a New York Times book review of Philip Berrigan's recent autobiography, J. Anthony Lukas reflects on the Berrigan brothers, famous for thirty years of unrelenting demonstrations against nuclear weapons, and gives us the normal cynical stock-in-trade...
Remembering Jackie Robinson
Remembering Jackie RobinsonPeter Dreier is professor of politics and director of the Public Policy Program at Occidental College in Los Angeles.Nineteen ninety-seven marks the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's courageous triumph over baseball's apartheid...
Returning to Jewish Texts
Returning to Jewish TextsMarc M. Epstein is professor of religion and director of the Jewish Studies program at Vassar College. He is the author of the recently published Jeusalem Haggadah.From Jerusalem to the Edge of Heaven, by Ari Elon, JPS, 1996.Until...
Reunion
ReunionSusanna Mintz is a pseudonym.What spectacular irony! Here is Philip Kenyon, calling after twenty-five years to tell me that his marriage has ended, that his wife has left. The fact of his calling is not ironic. On the contrary, I spent years having...
Saving Tikkun: A Letter to Our Readers
This is a somewhat updated and amended text of a letter recently sent to our subscribers, and reprinted here for those who buy or read the magazine on the newsstand. Dear TIKKUN Reader: I'm deeply sorry to tell you that TIKKUN is in grave financial danger...
Sikkum
SikkumFragments, by Binjamin Wilkomirski. Translated by Carol Brown Janeway. Schocken Books, 1996.What was the fate of the Jewish children taken to Nazi concentration camps? We know that around 1.5 million were murdered and an unknown number survived...
Sounds of Renewal
Sounds of RenewalIn many of today's better music stores, you'll find a section called "World Music". Until now that's stood for Celtic, African, Carribean and other assorted folk artists who borrow inspiration from each other and integrate it, using...
Strategies for Meaning in the Economy
Strategies for Meaning in the EconomyThad Williamson is a graduate student at Union Theological Seminary in New York and a consultant to the National Center for Economic and Security Alternatives in Washington.Is it possible to imagine changes in our...
Surprise Exercise
Surprise ExerciseMordechai Beck is an Israeli artist and fiction writer who resides in Jerusalem and served many years in the Israeli reserves.1Launching himself down the middle of the bus into the thickening shadows of padded seats and half-settled...
Try a Little Tenderness
Try a Little TendernessPeter Gabel is president of New College of California and Associate Editor of TIKKUN.Communitarianism and the Politics of Meaning are both open to conservative as well as progressive interpretations, and it is hard to imagine a...
What Jews Can Learn from Buddhism
What Jews Can Learn from BuddhismNathan Katz is professor and chair of religious studies at Florida International University in Miami. Among his dozen books are Buddhist Images of Human Perfection (2nd ed., 1989) and The Last Jews of Cochin: Jewish Identity...
Why Hagar Left
Why Hagar LeftFrom the book Tales of Tikkun: New Jewish Stories to Heal the Wounded World (Jason Aronson Publishers) by Phyllis Ocean Berman and Arthur Ocean Waskow. Copyright ??? 1996 by the authors.Long ago and far away is where most stories start;...
Why Is Tikkun the Only Remaining Liberal/progressive Jewish Institution in the U.S.?
Every objective indicator shows that American Jews are the most consistently liberal and progressive ethinic group in the U.S. So why do we not have any national organization or institution that reflects these values except for TIKKUN? True, we have...
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