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. 19, No. 1, January/February

2004: Politics as Usual or Political Realignment?
In 2003, upstart presidential candidate Howard Dean has gone from unknown to Time and Newsweek cover boy, to solid New Hampshire primary front runner. Democratic fundraising champ, Dean is willing to eschew public financing and use the Internet to go...
A CONVERSATION WITH Yossi Beilin
Yosst Beilin was the chief negotiator for Israel in the Oslo Accords. He has held ministerial positions in the governments of Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, and Ehud Barak. Most recently he served as Minister of Justice from 1999-2001. He is the author...
AN INTERVIEW WITH Yasser Abed Rabbo
Yasser Abed Rabbo is the former Minister of Information and Culture of the Palestinian Authority. He has played a leading role in peace negotiations with Israel since 1991, when he served as a member of the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid Peace...
A Warsaw Mystic in Newton
The Kabbalistic Thought of Arthur GreenIn the last fifteen years or so, we've witnessed an explosion of interest in Jewish mysticism at the popular level, reflected in a spate of books about this subject. Kabbalah and neo-Hasidism have become virtually...
Capitalism Gone Wild
"For many conservatives, Iraq is now the test case for whether the U.S. can engender American-style free-market capitalism within the Arab world."-Neil King Jr.,the Wall Street Journal, May 1, 2003.The reconstruction of Iraq has begun. Not the reconstruction...
Gay Marriage
A recent Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling that insists on equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians may prove to be a huge gift for the Bush re-election campaign, allowing fears of "gay marriage" to propel many Americans back into support for an...
Hope from Geneva
The signing of the Geneva Accord could be a major turning point in the search for peace in Israel/Palestine. But after the first week of PK attention and a meeting between the signers and Secretary Powell-who gave it lukewarm support-the attention of...
Human Rights, International Law, and Peace in the Middle East
The basic premise of the Middle East peace process is erroneous. No map, plan, path, or accord is going to resolve the fundamental issues at stake in this region. Given the history of the past decade, there is no basis for believing that Israel and the...
Humiliation, Retaliation, and Violence
The intractability of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is attributable in significant measure to the vicious circle of humiliation, retaliation, and violence that has become entrenched between the two peoples. The Israeli government seems...
Joining Hands: Politics and Religion Together for Social Change
Spiritual Politics Joining Hands: Politics and Religion Together for Social Change, by Roger S. Gottlieb. Westview Press, 2002.One of the ironies of modern life is that, despite decades of scientific advancement, technological innovation, and more rational...
Letters to the Editor
Document of ForgivenessTo the Editor:After reading the "Interview with Eyad El-Sarraj" (November/December 2003), it suddenly seemed obvious that if his advice and suggestions are grounded in genuine knowledge of his people and the extent to which ritual...
Meditations and Reflections for the Tu B'shvat Seder
Imagine gathering with friends and/or family on a cold winter's night around a table filled with a rich variety of fruit and nuts, the food of the Garden of Eden. This night is the "New Year of the Trees," a holiday which has evolved from its practical...
Miami's Mean Streets
If a grassroots leader delivers an inspiring speech and hardly anyone hears it, does it still make a sound?This question was among my thoughts as I sat in Miami's nearly deserted downtown amphitheater on November 20 at a rally that was supposed to be...
Mr. Sharon, Declare Victory
The signing of the Geneva Accord addresses a critical weakness of the Road Map-the failure to articulate the end game of the Road Map's confidence-building measures. That weakness left both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict wondering whether...
Psychedelic Religious Experience; Zig Zag Zen; Buddhism and Psychedelics, Allan Hunt Badiner and Alex Grey (Eds)
Michael Ziegler is a rabbi who leads Shir Hashirim Minyan in Berkeley, CA.Psychedelics were the most important paradigm shifting catalyst for the baby boomer generation. The contribution they have made in opening revolutionary vistas in art, music, ecology,...
Should Iraq Be Divided?
Recent suggestions that Iraq should not be reconstructed as one democratic country but as three (a Shiite state, a Sunni state, and a Kurdish state) have raised a difficult conceptual issue: What is the relevant unit for national self-determination?...
Some Questions concerning Art and Suffering
In the fall of 1999, my brother was dying of brain cancer, my marriage was falling apart, and I had just moved into the basement apartment of a house whose owner was an eighty-five-year-old woman with Alzheimer's who every few days would knock on my...
Subversive Prayer
One of the major concerns of this column has been the creation of a politics imbued with the Spirit, with a sense of the Unity that connects all life. A politics able to assert, as Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel did after marching for voting rights at...
The Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature/Producing the Modern Hebrew Canon: Nation Building and Minority Discourse
Canon Fodder* The Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature, edited by Hana Wirth-Nesher and Michael Kramer. Cambridge University Press, 2003.* Producing the Modern Hebrew Canon: Nation Building and Minority Discourse, by Hannan Hever. New York...
The Geneva Accord
The much publicized Camp David summit in the summer of 2000 gave rise to the false claim that the Palestinians had been offered "the best possible deal they would ever get-and they rejected it." In fact, the negotiations continued through the Fall of...
Why I like Them and Why I Don't
The Geneva AccordsWhy I Like ThemWhen the Palestinian leadership launched the Intifada after rejecting the Clinton/Barak peace proposals, Israelis rallied around their government. Appalled by violence against civilians and concerned for the safety of...
Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics
Psychedelic Religious Experience Zig Zag Zen: Buddhism and Psychedelics, Allan Hunt Badiner and Alex Grey (Eds). Chronicle Books, 2002.Psychedelics were the most important paradigm shifting catalyst for the baby boomer generation. The contribution they...
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