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. 14, No. 5, September/October

A Kabbalah for the Environmental Age
SPIRITUAL PATHS Alonging for Kabbalah is abroad in the land. Even people with little connection to Judaism, no knowledge of Hebrew, many of them in fact non-Jews, are seeking initiation into the secret chambers of Jewish esoteric knowledge. Differing...
Alger, Ales, Tony, and Time
The View from Alger's Window, by T The View from Alger's Wind Know by Tony Hiss. Alfred Knopf, 1999. Two Cold War archives have recently come into public consciousness. First, there is the Venona Project, which consists of nearly three thousand decryptions...
Amichai's Jerusalem
Yehuda Amichai is Israel's leading poet and a literary figure of international stature. His magnum opus, Open Closed Open, was on the Israeli best-seller list for eight weeks; it will be published in English translation by Harcourt later this year. Open...
An Interview with Jimmy Breslin
Currently a columnist for Newsday, a New York City tabloid, Jimmy Breslin created the model for a whole generation of tabloid columnists who followed him. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism and has published a dozen books, including highly...
A Realistic Utopia for the Millennium
Daniel Singer is the European correspondent of The Nation. He has written Prelude to Revolution: France in May 1968 and Is Socialism Doomed?: The Meaning of Mitterrand. The following article is excerpted from Michael Lerner's interview with Singer about...
A Record of the Tribes
A Record of the Tribes Tripping with Peter Coyote Sleeping Where I Fall, by Peter Coyote. Counterpoint Press, 1999. With the baby boomer generation coming of middle age and putting into perspective their own personal histories, innumerable autobiographies...
Barak's Distorted Path
recently spoke with a group of Israeli peace activists. Initially they had rejoiced at the election of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, but now they feel more than a little disappointed at his new government. They cite: 1. Barak's failure to include...
Can We God Talk?
Conversations with God An Uncommon Dialogue (Book 3), by Neale Donald Walsch. Hampton Roads, 1998. Conversations with God, now in its third and final volume, has been a phenomenal success: years on the bestseller lists, translations into twenty-four...
Debt Relief and the Jubilee
Proclaim liberty thro' all the Land to all the Inhabitants thereof." These words of the Jubilee from Leviticus are inscribed on the Liberty Bell, which tolled in Philadelphia to announce the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence on...
Finding Personal Meaning
My new book, The Power of Feelings, explores what we learn from clinical psychoanalysis about personal meaning. Emotions are not only culturally constructed, selves are not only culturally constructed, gender is not only culturally constructed. Meaning...
Greed Is a Disease of Fear
For the past many years we've faced super-profits for the rich and budget cuts for the poor. Some people believe that American's current insensitivity to the plight of those less well off is proof that human beings are fundamentally selfish, and that...
Gun Rights
The NRA, right-wing militias, gun sellers, owners, their lawyers, and assorted political pundits all now quite routinely argue, and with growing success, that every individual has a constitutional right to own guns under the Second Amendment. This argument,...
Holocaust Infatuation
Holocaust Infatuation The Holocaust in American Life, by Peter Novick. Houghton Mifflin, 1999. Today one might say that the Jewish catastrophe has become the American catastrophe. At some point in the last decade (probably in 1993 with the opening of...
Holy Chutzpah!
What's important to look for in Jewish renewal music is its vitality. Is there a fearlessness in its reframing of a traditional genre? Is it ambitious, irrepressible, mysterious, and inspired with holy chutzpah? Does it move you or leave you awestruck?...
Hungering for Community: The Kennedy Mystique
Death is always a tragedy except when it occurs at an age when life completes itself. So we mourn the deaths of John F Kennedy, Jr., Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and Lauren Bessette. But the media coverage of the crash and its aftermath bore little relation...
In the Wilderness with Hagar
In our death-defying, health-obsessed culture, it can easily seem that we've invented the practice of abandoning the sick or dying, isolating those who kinder, gentler societies would have enclosed in a tender embrace. But it's not just us; the Torah...
Israeli Feminism
The Impact of Women's and Gender Studies on Jewish Studies In Israel, where the rabbinate together with the army give patriarchy a stranglehold on civil society, the potential impact of the feminist study of Judaism is of far more than personal significance....
Letters to the Editor
Seder of the Children of Abraham To the Editor: In her July/August letter to the editor, Judith Alexander wrote that my "Seder of the Children of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar" (March/April 1999) was "one-- sided." In response, I'd like to point out that...
Online in 2000
Call Off the Revolution When Al Gore's campaign website was unveiled on April 6th, it included the declaration that online efforts were going to be "the most important" part of the vice president's bid for the White House. A few days (and media reports)...
Response to Valde
The largely implicit nostalgia of the Valde argument-"public schools have increasingly steered clear of soulful purpose"-calls to mind the old saw, "Things today aren't what they used to be-and they never were." The public schools I attended, just as...
Restoring Justice
The criminal justice system has the wrong focus. Its major interest lies in putting behind bars someone convicted of a particular crime. People believe that incarceration adds to public safety, but our current system does not adequately deal with a major...
Returning Meditation to Education
In our schools and universities we teach our childrenand each other-to separate mind from body, politics from spirituality, male from female, black from white, West from East, art from science, human from nonhuman. Students learn how to categorize and...
Samson, or Homage to Shel
The story of Samson can be seen as that of the writer, grown old, betrayed into domesticity. For, finally, what is the difference between "Where does your strength lie?" and "Tell me, where do you get your ideas?" Samson takes a wife, and she is jealous...
Schools without Souls: Moral Community & the Public School
Schools, by accident or design, have become the linchpin upon which the futures of so many of our children rest. It is children's daily experience in schools that will provide much of their vision of community, their sense of purpose or purposelessness,...
Selling the People's Voice
Never have public opinion polls been used to greater political effect than those of the past year which asked the same question over and again, "In general, do you approve or disapprove of the way President Clinton is handling his job as president?"...
Still in Watergate's Shadow
Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate, by Bob Woodward. Simon and Schuster, 1999. At first, it's surprising that one of America's preeminent newspapermen would "bury the lede." But after reading more than five hundred pages of Shadow: Five...
Taking Spiritual Transformation Seriously
High Holiday Supplement 5760 As much of the secular world approaches its celebration of a new millennium, we in the Jewish world renew our yearly practice of assessing how close we have come to actualizing our potential as partners with God, and in what...
The Politics of DNA's Meaning
The Human Gene Project at the National Institutes of Health, also being supported in universities all across America, will one day in the not-too-distant future enable every set of parents that has a little baby to get a map of the genetic structure...
Thinking about Public and Private
To point out that no hard and fast line separates the public from the private is to state the obvious. Take the Clinton impeachment imbroglio: a major and continuing controversy turned in large part over whether the president's behavior was entirely...
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