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. 22, No. 4, July/August

50th Anniversary Strategy for Peace Action
DURING THE WORST PERIOD OF THE COLD WAR-when the U.S. government and the Soviet Union were threatening each other with nuclear war and not engaging in peacemaking-my pastor went to Moscow and preached in the Baptist church there. And he invited the pastor...
Anti-Religious Zealots Unite in Support of the Bush Administration's Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
YES, NORMAN PODHORETZ AND THE NEO-CONS are still on the forefront of the struggle to convince Americans that they must not give up in Iraq because we face an enemy of "Islamo-fascism." This, in Podhoretz's words in Commentary (June, 2007) is "yet another...
Ayaan Hirsi Ali: An Islamic Feminist Leaves Islam
I FIND THE CAREER OF SOMALI-DUTCH POLITICIAN Ayan Hirsi Ali arresting for two reasons. The first is her life story, now told in such eloquent yet matter-of-fact detail in her book Infidel. She reveals at first hand the love and misery, the bravery and...
Carbon: Tax Not Cap-and-Trade
A MAY HEADLINE IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE SAYS IT ALL: "The First Refugees of Global Warming: Bangladesh Watches in Horror as Much of the Nation Gives Way to Sea." Each day's news brings more reminders of the harms that global warming is already causing...
Funding and Crying: Why the Dems Capitulated
To One of the Least Popular Presidents in U.S. History to Support one of the Least Popular Wars in U.S. HistoryWHEN I LIVED IN JERU SALEM and worked with the Israeli peace movement, we described our spineless Labor Party and some of the allegedly pro-peace...
Gate 4-A
WANDERING AROUND THE ALBUQUERQUE AIRPORT TERMINAL, after learning my flight had been detained for four hours, I heard an announcement: "If anyone in the vicinity of Gate 4-A understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immethately!" Well-one pauses...
Heschel & the Vietnam War
Abraham Joshua Heschel was one of the most significant Jewish theologians of the twentieth century. Tikkun particularly recommends his books The Sabbath, God In Search of Man, The Prophets, and Who Is Man? Rabbi Michael Lerner studied with Heschel at...
Impeachment
One thing we celebrate in America is the possibility that Congress can impeach our president and vice president. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, announced immediately after the Democrats won majority control of the House, that impeachment was "not...
Inter-Dependence Day Celebration
How to turn July 4 or other national holidays into a meaningful celebration ...of what is good in America while acknowledging our interdependence with all people on the planet.FACED WITH JULY 4TH CELEBRATIONS THAT ARE focused on militarism, ultra-nationalism,...
Is Tariq Ramadan Too Beautiful to Be True?
In "Who's Afraid of Tariq Ramadan?" (The New Republic 6/4/07) Paul Herman implies that all of us should be. Ramadan responded to the article on the phone from England to the editors of Tikkun.Tariq Ramadan is a controversial Egyptian-Swiss philosopher...
Joseph's Bones
[BOOK]JOSEPH'S BONESUNDERSTANDING THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN GOD AND MANKIND IN THE BIBLE by Jerome Segal, Reviewed By Jack MilesFROM ABRAHAM TO EZRA, the troubled relationship between God and Israel has few moments as happy as the celebration that comes at...
Letters
Readers RespondAN INTERFAITH MAGAZINE?When I first realized that Tikkun was moving beyond its original focus on Judaism and becoming an interfaith magazine as well, I was quite unhappy. For years I've loved the magazine, though I must admit to reading...
My Problem with Religion
"The corruption of the best is the worst."- Latin proverb"These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their hearts aren't in it... so I am going to step in and shock them awake, astonish them, and stand them on their ears."- (Isaiah 29:14,...
Not All Spam Is Spam
It's a pain in the neck and elsewhere to get hundreds of emails each day urging us to buy some new product that will cause us to instantantly lose weight, enlarge our penis, receive a free computer, find the perfect date, or provide sexual fulfillment...
Psychologists Aiding and Abetting Torture
In August, the American Psychological Association (APA) will hold its annual convention in San Francisco. Notably absent from the program: the application of psychology to current world events. War, terror, genocide. "Our War on Terror that has led to...
Some Words in Praise of My Friends
I have been in want of many things, never in want of goodfriends.And some are growing fat or bald,or gray and old like me,and some are slim and bushy hairedas in the photographs.I don't remember them all,don't always think of them.Sometimes I even forget...
Swami Beyondananda Calls for Impeachment
HUMOR"It's Time for We the People to Put the 'Decider' Through the Decider Mill"As a devout FUNdamentalist (accent on "fun") dedicated to bringing about Nonjudgment Day, I try to avoid judging and blaming. In fact, I think people who judge are terrible,...
Taxation without Representation - Today
WHEN I WAS A KID GROWING UP in a small town in Colorado, the 4th of July meant fireworks-from big rockets to sparklers-and lots of excitement and fun with family and friends. But, every year at the end of the fun and food somebody, usually my Dad, would...
The Axis of Evil Walks into a Bar
[HUMOR]The AXIS OF EVIL COMEDY TOUR, Comedy Central, March 2007. Commentary by Paul LewisACCORDING TO AHMED, a member of the Axis of Evil Comedy troupe, deciding which terrorist organization to join can be difficult. "There's so many ... out there-Hamas,...
The Lack of Money
WHAT IS MONEY? We USE IT EVERY DAY, SO WE MUST understand how it works... or do we? Perhaps our familiarity keeps us from appreciating just how strange money actually is.Look at a dollar bill. What is it? A piece of paper. You can't eat it, ride in it,...
The Occupation: One Fable, Three Commentaries
Once upon a time there was a people who moved around a lot. They lived here, and then they lived there. They lived all over the place, because whenever they settled anywhere people would scream at them, "You're not like us, get lost!" and they would...
The Simpsons: It's Funny 'Cause It's True
[TV]The Simpsons: It's Funny 'Cause it's TrueFLYING INTO ORLANDO in a 2003 episode of The Simpsons, patriarch Homer peers down at a theme park and sees a large, distinctive Future Sphere like the one at Disney's Epcot, and takes a decidedly dim view....
The Still Center of the Moving World
[FILM]The Still Center of the Moving WorldINTO GREAT SILENCE(ZEITGEIST FILMS, 2006)A ZEN LIFE(INTERNATIONAL VIDEOWORKS, 2006)As my prayer became more attentive and inward, I had less and less to say. I finally became completely silent... Prayer involves...
Virginia Tech: Education and a Culture of Death
EIGHT YEARS AGO I WROTE ABOUT THE TRAGEDY AT Columbine High School. My central concern then was to try to get beyond the way the media was representing the awful events as something that could only be understood in I psychological terms-the mad rampage...
Whiskey, Rebellion, and the Religious Left
IN THE EARLY 1790S, FARMERS, ARTISANS, AND LABORERS attempted an insurrection against the newly formed government of the United States. Coalescing in what was then the Wild West-the headwaters of the Ohio River, in western Pennsylvania-the rebellion...
Why Holocaust Denial Undermines Islam
EPISTEMOLOGY IS A BRANCH OF PHILOSOPHY that studies the nature and basis of knowledge. How do we know things? It also studies the veracity of "truth." How do we know the difference between belief, knowledge, opinion, fact, reality and fantasy? The Greek...
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