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. 20, No. 1, January/February

After the Fall: Why America Needs a Spiritual Left
For years the Democrats have been telling themselves "it's the economy, stupid." Yet millions of middle-income Americans have voted against their economic interests to support Republicans who have tapped a deeper set of needs.Democrats differ on the...
Beyond the Alienated Left
With the defeat of John Kerry, it has become commonplace for pundits left and right to make the two following observations: first, that Republicans won the election based on their emphasis on cultural values; second, that the Democrats lost because they...
Creating a New Prophetic Agenda
One major factor in the election results of 2004 was "retro-religion"-people seeking a return to the imagined stability of the pre-modern religious past. Yet that is only one response to the worldwide earthquake in economics, politics, technology, and...
Ein Shalom
Ein Shalom, Yom Tsahov. Miklataklitim (Israel) ,2004.Despite Israel's lamentable political situation, its multifaceted underground music scene seems to be exploding-especially its electronic music milieu. Humming just under the monotonous thumping of...
Genocide in Darfur; Murder in Iraq
For all the words of moral outrage, little has been done by the international community to end the murder, rape, and pillage of the people of Darfur. The United States should join with other Western countries to enforce an arms embargo, prohibit international...
God Willing
God Willing, by David Domke. Pluto Press ,2004.In his prologue to The Prince, Machiavelli diplomatically uses a metaphor to explain his intimate knowledge of the Italian ruler. As a landscape painter should ascend a hill to have a better view of the...
Green Faith and the Recovery of Joy
The summer of 2004 brought unusual human and ecological misery to the Western hemisphere, as hurricane after hurricane battered the Caribbean and the southern coast of the United States. Global warming is indisputably upon us. Responding to this threat...
Hope, Failure, and Responsibility
Politics in many countries is broken; we urgently need new ideas and approaches. The actions of today's mainstream politicians leave many people in agony, with a sense of deep despair and disgust. The politicians lack integrity and imagination. Across...
Interview with Doug Henwood
If anyone defines "progressive" in economic journalism, it's Doug Henwood. The editor of the Left Business Observer, a contributing editor to the Nation, and the author of the best-selling expose of post-Cold War American capitalism, Wall Street (Verso,...
Israel in a Middle East Union: A "Two-Stage" Approach to the Conflict
[W]hen 2.5 million people live in a closed-off Gaza, it's going to be a human catastrophe. Those people will become even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure at the border will be awful. It's...
Joy Comes in the Morning
Joy Comes in the Morning, by Jonathan Rosen. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004.Jonathan Rosen's follow-up to his exquisitely lyrical The Talmud and the Internet is filled with memorable lines. The title is from Psalm 30, and the book quotes many passages...
Letter of Resignation from the Jewish People
Bertell OllmanSometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Whenever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion or political views,...
Letters to the Editor
To the Editor:I'm a thirty-year-old Jewish woman who is an active member of Philadelphia's P'nai Or community. While I find myself aligned with virtually everything this community stands for, I find myself radically anti-Zionist. This has caused much...
Letter to Bertell Ollman
Professor Ollman,The ideals and laments you express in your letter are stirring, your passions righteous and right. I agree with you wholeheartedly in your frustration, even disgust with what Israel has become, and American Jewry along with it. Still,...
Making the News
Making the NewsControl Room, DVD Edition, Directed by Tehane Noujaim. Lion's Gate Home Entertainment, 2004Arabic-language news network Al-Jazeera has been a hotly contested entity since it first began broadcasting in 1996. Now reaching over 40 million...
Philosophy for the Future?
Philosophy for the Future?* Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire, by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. Penguin Press, 2004.* Time For Revolution, by Antonio Negri. Continuum, 2003."Timing is crucial," begins the final paragraph of Multitude:...
Radical Jewish Culture: John Zorn's Tzadik Label
Throughout his twenty-five-year career as a musician, producer and owner of the esteemed Tzadik record label, New York saxophonist and composer John Zorn has forged a hugely eclectic and uncompromising canon of music. Working with a global network of...
Redemption When We Need It Most
Redemption When We Need It MostTony Kushner is well on his way, these days, to becoming one of the great figures in the history of the American dramatic stage. As Broadway continues to fall on hard times with ever-fewer new major productions and more...
Reforming Capitalism
TIKKUN has called for A New Bottom Line to measure American institutional performance-adding new ethical, spiritual, and ecological standards to today's emphasis on financial metrics that produce a focus on wealth and power. By setting a BHAG (Big, Humongous...
Remembering Yasser Arafat
When Yasser Arafat became a founder of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in the mid-1960s, only a small percentage of the world's population even recognized the existence of a Palestinian people.Under Arafat's leadership, the PLO argued that national...
Renewing the American Experiment
Despite the outcome of the recent election, the real political divide in America is not between liberals and conservatives, who in fact share a great many core values. The real political contest in America is between those of us committed to a politics...
Rethinking the Foundations of the Next Progressive Vision: Confronting the Central Challenge of Wealth
Now that the dust has settled on the 2004 election, it is important to stand back and confront some deeper questions about where we might be going over the next decade and beyond. Pendulums have a way of swinging in history-especially if social and economic...
Scream Queens of the Dead Sea
Scream Queens of the Dead Sea, by Gilad Elbom. Thunder's Mouth Press, 2004.We live in a world that presupposes that the average Israeli is interested in Middle Eastern politics. What if, in fact, he or she was more interested in heavy metal?That would...
Sephardic Literature: Unity and Dispersion
"The Sephardic sensibility," Abraham Joshua Heschel, the existential thinker responsible for God in Search of Man and other classics, states in an essay originally published in Germany in 1946 and translated into English in 1972, "is distinguished by...
The Air We Breathe
There is yet more for us to fear. The burden that debt puts upon the developing world endangers us all in an even more fundamental way. It threatens the air we breathe, the food we eat, the survival of our species. It poses a threat to our very planet.The...
The Central God
This is the central God who passes now in our neighborhood.He heals and repairs everything, he's got plenty of time, no onejostles anymore. Yesterday, today, tomorrow, he smiles.Now he's the central God who comes as a glazier.A glazier. A new glazier...
The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology
The strong and vocal presence of the religious Right, with its emphasis on family values and sexual politics, and the virtual absence of any discussion of the environment in the recent U.S. elections, causes one to wonder how much importance religions...
The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream
Capsule ReviewsThe European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream, by Jeremy Rifkin. Penguin, 2004.Quality of life. Deep play. Sustainability. These ideas are the opposite of "bigger, faster, more," and represent...
The Fear of Gay Marriage
It's not who ya loveIt's do ya love.-Michael Franti, Spearhead"Every minute they continue, those ceremonies are destroying my relationship with my wife." These words, spoken by one of the men who filed suit to stop San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom from...
The Ideological Roots of Christian Zionism
George W. Bush begins his second term with a war raging in Iraq, escalating threats against Iran from his administration, and turmoil in Israel/Palestine. What the anti-war Left may not realize is that this crisis in the Middle East is actually welcomed...
The Kathmandu Sessions
Capsule ReviewsThe Kathmandu Sessions, by Danny Ben-Israel. Locust Music, 2004.It's safe to say that by the time Tel Aviv-raised Danny Ben-Israel returned to Israel in 1969 from a journey through Europe, he had a definite direction in mind: out there....
The Lack of a Vision: Utopia and Peace in Israeli Discourse
Following the signing of the Oslo Accords, many Israeli writers, politicians, and supporters of the peace process described their conceptions of a future peace, depicting different aspects of an imagined Middle East that they believed would be realized...
Theological Growing Pains: A Personal Reflection
God becomes and disbecomes -Meister EckhartAs a teacher in a rabbinical seminary, I have the privilege of engaging in ongoing theological conversation with my students and colleagues. While in certain respects our curriculum is similar to that of other...
The Star of Ljubljana
The Star of LjubljanaIraq: The Borrowed Kettle, by Slavoj Zizek. Verso, 2004.Social theorist Slavoj Zizek has been riding a wave of popularity that might appear difficult to explain. A leading exponent of a psychoanalytic school of thought known as Lacanianism,...
Trust Not Those in Whom without Some Touch of Madness
Trust Not Those In Whom Without Some Touch of Madness, by Thalia Zedek. Thrill Jockey, 2004.Since Biblical times, Jews have been expert at singing kinot, or dirges. Indeed, some scholars point to the somewhat mournful tone of "Hatikvah," Israel's national...
When Jesus Votes
Jesus is everywhere about me here in Rome. His pierced body hangs on the bar walls, suffers at sidewalk corners with flickering lights and fresh flowers. There are also nearly or actually naked women plastered everywhere. Living here as a Fulbright scholar...
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