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. 18, No. 6, November/December

A Chanukah Proposal
To a considerable degree, the Jews survived as a vital group and as a pulsating culture because they changed their names, their language, their clothing and with them some of their patterns of thought and expression. This ability to translate, to re-adapt...
A New Bottom Line
Will You Help Promote It in Your Profession or Workplace?When people ask you "what exactly is the political part of a spiritual politics?" tell them the following: We seek to change the definitions of productivity, efficiency, and rationality, which...
An Interview with Barney Frank
Barney Frank, has been in Congress since 1981. He is the Senior Democrat on the Financial Services Committee and is also a member of the Select Committee on Homeland Security, where he serves on the Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Border security...
An Interview with Eyad El-Sarraj
Dr. Eya El-Sarraj is a psychiatrist and serves as director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program. He is the Secretary General of the Independent Palestinian Commission for Citizens' Rights and has also received international recognition and award...
An Interview with Yossi Beilin
Yossi Beilin was the chief negotiator for Israel in the Oslo Accords. he has held ministerial positions in the governments of Itzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, and Ehud Barak. Most recently he served as Minister of justice from 1999-2001. he is the author...
A Politics of Time and Space
Even as George Bush administers what he calls "American democracy" abroad, the idea is ailing at home. Few people vote, and few people believe their vote counts. We want change, but ordinary citizens rarely feel empowered to achieve it. Government seems...
Attacks on Dean Expose Democrats' Shift to the Right
In one of the relatively few policy differences that have brought serious fireworks to the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, former Vermont governor Howard Dean has been attacked by two of his principal rivals as well as the House...
Barriers or Bridges?
On Borders, Fences, and WallsI am sitting in my office at home in the suburban community of Metar. Located in the south of Israel, north of Beer Sheva where I teach at the local university, the view from my room looks out over the semi-arid landscape...
Chanukah
CELEBRATING THE WORLD'S FIRST RECORDED NATIONAL LIBERATION STRUGGLEevening of December 19 to December 27, 2003The RitualEach night of Chanukah we light candles, starting with the shamash (used to light the others) and one candle, and then adding one...
Common Wealth
Let me tell you two stories, then invite you to decide which of them points toward the country where you'd rather live.In one story, a man I'll call Sam wakes up in his luxurious condo. Hearing sirens tear through a nearby street, he fights off a feeling...
Fear and Faith in the French Republic
I: FearThe dark clouds that lurk over France's Jewish community have been duly observed. Frequent reports in the American Jewish press, as well as a detailed article in a spring 200) issue of Vanity Fair, chronicle the dramatic rise in the number of...
How the Jews Lost the Lead
Once upon a time, there were twelve Christians. Well, not "Once upon a time"-this isn't "The Three Bears" with Christians, it's real. There was a time when there were twelve Christians. Thirteen, if you count Jesus, who came and went, and then came back....
Israeli-Palestinian Peace Accord
But Israel Won't Sign On!Congratulations to former Israeli Justice Minister Yossi Beilin and the Palestinian leadership for having designed a peace accord which they signed in Jordan and which in almost all respects follows the lines detailed in the...
Jewish Fear and the French Republic
David Myers writes at length about the predicament of French Jews who support Israel but not Ariel Sharon. They fear that "the French Republic might sell them down the river" and feel that "their support for Israel might push them beyond the bounds of...
Letters to the Editor
Fighting TerrorismTo the Editor:When Israel first became a state, David Ben-Gurion instituted actions to make only one Jewish army the instrument of the state, and put down the Stern Gang and Irgun Svi Leumi in several bloody battles.The big problem...
Life as Sacred Narrative
More and more in my work as a healer, I find myself venturing off the beaten track of psychodynamic psychotherapy and talking to my clients about their spiritual journeys. For many years I was reluctant, as a clinician, to come out of the closet as a...
Nobody Knows Best
Nobody Knows Best* An Execution In The Family by Robert Meeropol. St Martin's Press, 2003.* The Company You Keep by Neil Gordon. Viking, 2003.My mother cried on the night of June 19, 1953-the night they executed Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. They were...
Palestine and Israel
Unkind History, Uncertain FutureFor a conflict that has been described as intractable, insoluble and "centuries old," the most dramatic feature about the Palestine-Israel conflict is the near unanimous agreement about the contours of its final resolution.The...
Power over the Ultimate Evil
There are approximately 30,000 nuclear weapons in the world, 90 percent of which are possessed by Russia and the United States. The United States has about 11,000 nuclear weapons, and the Russians have about 19,500 nuclear weapons. Thousands of these...
PUBLISHER'S PAGE; Walls
George Vradenburg is co-publisher of TIKKUN.As winter approaches and we enter the holiday season, I want to talk about "walls."Walls seem particularly relevant this year. There is the Wall of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, the rededication of which...
Recall in California
Lessons for the 2004 ElectionsLiberals and progressives, still reeling from the recall of Grey Davis and the election of film star Arnold Schwarzenegger, are engaged in a frantic effort to understand why it happened. Explanations range from the political...
Sacrifice
Baghdad c. 1995Here is fire and wood for sacrifice, said Isaac, but where is the lamb... ?The newscaster shows without much commentarybeyond that it was smuggled the videoof the dance the men of the desert cult performbefore the dictator and his family.As...
Sharon's Politicide
Sharon's Politicide Politicide: Ariel Sharon's War Against the Palestinians by Banruh Kimmerling. Verso, 234 pp.Baruch Kimmerling's valuable new study of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict is actually an examination of two conflicts, one between Jews and...
Take Back Higher Education
It's no news that post civil-rights America has been characterized by a declining interest in and cynicism about mainstream national politics. What is much less discussed is the way this crisis in American democracy has been heralded and exacerbated...
The Divinity of Christmas
TIKKUN spoke with Matthew Fox about the meaning of Christmas. What follows is an edited transcription of his comments.The Christmas stories are just that, stories. They are not historical stories-the material about the manger, the Magi, the animals surrounding...
The Eternal, Holy Night
It is no accident that the festival of Christmas occurs at the time of year when the darkness has reached its low point and winter light begins to appear. Christmas is the honoring of light and the hope that comes with the end of nature's and the human...
The New Anti-Semitism
What's New About Anti-Semitism?Wall Street journal reporter Daniel Pearl is forced to say he is a Jew who comes from a Zionist family before he is decapitated on video by Pakistani Muslim terrorists, his head held aloft as a warning to Jews everywhere....
Une Juive Sur la Rue Mouffetard
It's nine o'clock, dinnertime in Paris, and I'm walking down the rue Mouffetard thinking about my own dinner, thinking about the Roman ruins that are supposed to be somewhere on the rue Monge, thinking about the postcards I promised to write, thinking...
Veterans Day
Mourning the Past, Transforming the FutureSince Passover 1968, ten days after Martin Luther King was murdered, I have been drawn again and again to fusing the celebration of holy days that mark the past with the creation of holy actions to transform...
Veteran's Day; Mourning the Past, Transforming the Future
Rabbi Arthur Waskow is director of The Shalom Center and the author of Godwrestling--Round 2. You can receive the biweekly "Shalom Report" by writing www.shalomctr.org/subscribe.html.Since Passover 1968, ten days after Martin Luther King was murdered,...
Walls
As winter approaches and we enter the holiday season, I want to talk about "walls."Walls seem particularly relevant this year.There is the Wall of the second Temple in Jerusalem, the rededication of which we celebrate at Chanukah.There is the Wall between...
Zionism and Its Discontents
Over the past year, a campus-based campaign for divestment from companies that do business with Israel has outraged Jewish students across the country; at MIT, Harvard, Columbia, Barnard, and the University of California campuses, more than 9,000 students,...
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