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. 21, No. 4, July/August

Above the Law
[Books]BY RAYMOND HELMICKSCARS OF WAR, WOUNDS OF PEACE: The Israeli-Arab Tragedy, Shlomo Ben-Ami. Oxford University Press, 2006;THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE NEGOTIATIONS, 1999-2001: Within Reach, GileadSher. Routledge, 2006.THESE TWO BOOKS BY the principal...
A Crisis of Meaning: Holding Culture Accountable for Education
[BOOKS] A Crisis of Meaning Holding Culture Accountable for Education BY SUE BOOKS LOSING HEART: The Moral and Spiritual Miseducation of America's Children, by H. Svi Shapiro. Erlbaum, 2006IN LOSING HEART, EDucation scholar Svi Shapiro draws on Jewish...
A Hopeful Sign: The Religious Left Is Back
WHEN 1,200 PEOPLE PACKED All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C. in May for the East Coast launching of the Net work of Spiritual Progressives (NSP), they gave renewed signs that something powerful is indeed happening.In a front page article in...
All about the Benjamin
All About the Benjamin BY MICHAEL LUKAS BERLIN CHILDHOOD AROUND 1900, Translated by Howard Eiland. Harvard University Press, 2006WALTER BENJAMIN killed himself on September 26, 1940 in a small town on the Franco-Spanish border. Forced to flee Paris in...
Back to the Future
A COLD FRIDAY NIGHT, WINTER OF 1994. AS WE sipped sweet black cups of Turkish coffee and nibbled pieces of baklava my father had brought home from Nazareth, the dinner conversation in my parents' Tel Aviv apartment turned predictably toward politics....
Bitter Greens
[MUSIC]Bitter GreensWalter Benjamin Goes to the Opera BY CHARLIE BERTSCH SHADOWTIME, an opera composed by Brian Ferneyhough. Libretto by Charles Bernstein. NMC Records. April 25, 2006IS IT POSSIBLE TO FORGET WITHout remembering that one has forgotten?"...
Black Marks
BLACK MARKS by Kirsten Dinnall Hoyte. Akashic Books, 2006.IDENTITY CRISES SURE aren't what they're cracked up to be. Usually invoked in terms of crises of personality, (or, with increasing frequency, gender) the phenomenon is often oversimplified as...
Choosing War
CHOOSING WARExcerptedfrom The Anatomy of Peace : Resolving the Heart of Conflict, by The Arbinger Institute. Available August 2006. Reprinted with permission of Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.I was raised," Yusuf began, "in a village of rockwalled homes...
Conference of the Birds
[Music]Capsule Reviews CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS by OM. Holy Mountain Records, 2006THE CONTEMPOrary popular music scene is like a children's splash park, where consumers try to cool down without getting soaked. The point is to avoid commitment. The last...
CONNED: How Millions Went to Prison, Lost the Vote, and Helped Send George W. Bush to the White House
[BOOKS] Capsule Reviews CONNED: How Millions Went to Prison, Lost the Vote, and Helped Send George W. Bush to The White House by Sasha Abramsky. New Press, 2006JIM CROW LIVES ON. Today, over 5 million adult American citizens don't have the right to vote....
Fisherman Style
FISHERMAN STYLE by The Congos and Friends. Blood and Fire, 2006.REGGAE'S HISTOry is packed with endless variations of the same rhythm used by countless artists over the course of hundreds of songs. Each time a track gets repurposed, it ideally is somehow...
How to Cure a Fanatic
HOW TO CURE A FANATIC, by Amos Oz. Princeton University Press, 2006YIGAL IS A FRIEND OF mine who works as printer in Jerusalem's Romema quarter. He remembers how, as a teenage boy, in 1967 he took his young brother Moshe to see the Western Wall just...
Islam and the Left
George GallowayMostAmericans know little about British MP George Galloway. If he's recognized at all, it is for meeting with former Iraqi government officials and for being a subject of a U.S. Senate investigation into illegal profiteering related to...
Is the Israel Lobby Really That Powerful?
AS U.S. MIDDLE EAST POLICY has become increasingly controversial in the United States, more and more attention has been given to the political influence of the American Jewish community, particularly the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)...
Jewish Seminarians for Justice
THIS PAST JANUARY, I had the privilege of serving as a scholar-in-residence for the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) rabbinical student delegation to El Salvador. Thirty seminarians and staff traveled to this small Latin American country to meet...
Letters
Readers RespondCAPITALIST ETHICSCONGRATULATIONS FOR running the refreshingly crisp article by George Vradenburg on The Ethics of Capitalism (May/ June 2006). I noticed that it was dubbed the 'contrarian' view and was not featured on your cover in spite...
Migrating Thoughts
IN THE YEARS BETWEEN the two world wars, Yiddish-speaking European Jewish Socialists often spoke oïdoikayt or "here-ness"- a slogan proclaiming that Jews should work to alleviate immediate social inequalities in their own land rather than focusing their...
My Choice
I AM a 58-YEAR-OLD WHITE WOMAN. I had an abortion nineteen years ago. I am not bragging nor am I apologizing. I am a mother of three children in their twenties and I am an ordained Christian minister.After my first child was born, I had twins. Having...
New Faces of a Liberating God: The Evolution of Liberation Theologies in Latin America
Most of the 10,000 people who live in the mountains surrounding the Andean village of Layo, Peru eat potatoes when their small farms provide them with enough to eat. When they don't, they simply go hungry. The children walk for several hours to get to...
Nuclear Irony
CONDOLEEZZA rice, apparently, is to thank for the Bush administration's recent realization that nuking Iran may not be the best way to convince the world that nuclear weapons are illegitmate. As of this writing, the United States looks ready to sit down...
Orthodykes
[TELEVISION/FILM]OrthodykesBY SHAI GINSBURG KEEP NOT SILENT, Directed by Illil Alexander. Distributed by Women Make Movies, Israel, 2004/US, 2006, http://www.wmm.com.IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, A GROWing number of Israeli filmmakers have sought to explore...
Pluralism Ain't as Easy as It Looks
CROSSING AND DWELLING: A Theory of Religion, by Thomas Tweed. Harvard University Press, 2005AMERICA AND THE CHALLENGES OF RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY, by Robert Wuthnow. Princeton University Press, 2005UNDERSTANDING JIHAD, by David Cook. University ofCalifornia...
POPE BENEDICT XVI: The First Year
IN EARLY MARCH 2006, POPE BENEDICT XVI PUZzled the world by quietly dropping one of his nine titles, "Patriarch of the West," held by popes since 642. Dropping the patriarch-title, traditionally reserved for Eastern Christian leaders, was meant to "be...
Portrait of the Artist as Political Philosopher: Adi Nes
THE MAIN ISSUE IN MY ART AND IN MY WORK," says Adi Nes, "is the issue of identity: male identity and Israeli identity." Best known in the U.S. for his homoerotic photographs of Israeli soldiers and in Europe for a series on designer clothes-wearing prison...
Religion in Our Schools
RELIGION IN OUR SCHOOLSExcerpted from A Jew Among the Evangelicals: A Guide for the Perplexed, by Mark I. Pinsky. Available August 2006. Reprinted with permission of Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, KY, www.wjkbooks.com.Public schools continue...
Scripture and Homosexuality
SCRIPTURE AND HOMOSEXUALITYExcerptedfrom Going to Heaven: The Life and Election of Bishop Gene Robinson, by Elizabeth Adams. Available June 28, 2006. Reprinted with permission of Soft Skull Books.Invariably, Gene would be asked about Scripture and homosexuality....
Shutting the Door
What is the argument against immigration? Here is what the leading proponent of immigration reform, Tom Tancredo, has said in an official press release of October 2005 [http://tancredo .house.gov/press/pressers/ PoIicyStatement.htm] :America has been...
Steps toward a Jewish Urban Theology: Unlocked Gates
MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH CITIES BEGAN when I was eight. Walking through Manhattan during a family vacation, I was struck with the realization that people lived here- that most of those rushing through midtown were not tourists like my family but bona-fide...
The Art of Living
THERE IS AN ART TO LIVING on 2,500 shekels a month, and many within the Ethiopian community in Israel are masters of it, virtuoso artists of the miniature. In Israel, the average family income is around 7,000 shekels a month, or 1,500 dollars. "The average...
The Global Marshall Plan
OUR EDITORIAL CONTRARIAN (BUT ALSO GENEROUS philanthropist and Tikkun publisher) George Vrandenburg takes issue with this particular plank of the Covenant, specifically with our call for the U.S. to lead the G-8 countries in dedicating 5% of their GDP...
Was the Invasion of Iraq A Jewish Conspiracy?
THERE ARE KOOKS AND CRANKS and conspiracy nuts out there who think George Bush, from the moment he took office, had some kind ?? secret plan to invade Iraq and grab control of its oil. They're wrong.There were two plans. I've got them both. One is 323...
What Is a "Caring" Foreign Policy?
MANY PROGRESSIVES ARE CALLING FOR A radically new approach to American foreign policy. They seek a policy that would abandon military intervention and inject a massive infusion of resources into foreign aid: Restrain our military, adopt a new Marshall...
Whose Right to Intervene?
ON MARCH 2, 2004, BERNARD KOUCHNER gave the twenty-third annual Morgenthau Memorial Lecture at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs. Kouchner is perhaps the world's most prominent spokesperson today for humanitarian intervention....
Who Speaks for Us?
WHILE HE WAS PREPARING FOR HIS FIRST visit to Washington as Israel's new Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert was told not to ask for any money for his "Convergence" plan. The message came from the State Department, but was sent to Olmert through Malcolm Hoenlein,...
Why Pushkin?
WHY DON'T THEY TEACH Pushkin in Israel?" the old Russian woman called out. She was huddled in the bed next to mine in a hospital room in Safed, a town in the north of Israel.I couldn't understand the woman's Hebrew, but Anat, my Israeli stepdaughter,...
Why SDS Now?
ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY, a day heavier than usual with progressive web traffic, an email blast went out asking recipients to join Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Within days, online memberships began pouring in. Within a week or so, a...
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