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. 15, No. 3, May/June

An Interview with Arianna Huffington
AN INTERVIEW WITH Arianna HuffingtonArianna Huffington is a syndicated columnist whose latest book is How to Overthrow the Government.We recently read Arianna Huffington's new book How to Overthrow the Government and found her articulating a critique...
An Interview with Budd Schulberg
AN INTERVIEW WITH Budd SchulbergJack Newfield with Mark JacobsonJack Newfield is the author of six books and a columnist for the New York Post. His three-hour documentary film on Robert Kennedy aired on the Discovery Network.Budd Schulberg, eighty-six,...
Biotech before Birth
Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America, by Rayna Rapp. Routledge, 1999. In the spring of 1991 my wife, Janet, was pregnant, and because she was thirty-six years old, she was advised by our doctor to consider having...
Biotech before Birth: Amnio, Abortion, and (dis)Ability
Biotech before Birth: Amnio, Abortion, and (dis)AbilityMichael BerubeMichael Berube is professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; his latest book is The Employment of English: Theory, Jobs, and the Future of Literary Study...
Buddhists Armed with Apples
Cultural Contradictions of the New Networking Technologies Is Technology Turning Over a New Leaf. The past millennium has been one of world-transforming technological advance. With the Industrial Revolution several centuries behind us, and the Information...
Buddhists Armed with Apples: Cultural Contradictions of the New Networking Technologies
Buddhists Armed with Apples: Cultural Contradictions of the New Networking TechnologiesRaymond BarglowRaymond Barglow is a psychologist and computer programmer.Is Technology Turning Over a New Leaf?The past millennium has been one of world-transforming...
Can We Be Postzionists?
Can We Be Postzionists?Mark Le VineMark LeVine is a contributing editor of TIKKUN and cochair of the Foundation for Ethics and Meaning. He is a fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University and the European University Institute in Florence.The...
Caring for the Disabled
Love's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality, and Dependency, by Eva Feder Kittay. Routledge, 1998. Dependent Rational Animals: Why Human Beings Need the Virtues, by Alasdair MacIntyre. Open Court, 1999. Who should care for the disabled or those made extremely...
Clean Money, Clean Elections
In the field of campaign finance reform, these are the worst of times and the best of times. The 2000 election is already shaping up as the most expensive in history, and Congress has shown no sign of doing anything about what, in essence, is a crisis...
Confessions of a National Jewish Book Award Judge
Confessions of a National Jewish Book Award JudgeAndrew FurmanAndrew Furman, a contributing editor of TIKKUN, is the author of Israel Through the Jewish American Imagination and the forthcoming Contemporary Jewish American Writers and the Multicultural...
Consciousness-Based Defense
Consciousness-Based DefenseDavid R. and Lee M. LefflerDr. David R. Leffler has a Ph.D. in consciousness-based military defense. His wife, Lee, has a master of arts in professional writing. Other articles by the Lefflers are on the Internet at www.davidleffler.com.We...
Emancipatory Spirituality
Jewish tradition relates a story of a rabbi who sought to understand his place in the universe. To keep a balance between too much grandiosity and too much self-diminution he had two notes one for each of his two pants pockets. One note read: "For me...
Fathers' Rights
A divorced father takes his young son, and without his former wife's consent, embarks on a treacherous journey, risking the child's life and all but assuring that the mother will never see her son again. Along the way, the father drowns, but the child...
Fighting the Trans-Israel Highway
The fight in Israel over the Trans-Israel Highway, Israel's first toll road and first privatized road, is an expression of the dissolution of the Israeli ethos, yet at the same time is quintessentially Israeli. On this battlefield, where protesters handcuff...
Frank Talk on Free Trade
Frank Talk on Free TradeJeff GatesJeff Gates is president of the Atlanta- and Cambridge-based Shared Capitalism Institute (http://www.sharedcapitalism.org) and author of The Ownership Solution (1998) and Democracy at Risk (2000). Copyright ??? 2000 by...
Hurricane Warnings
Hurricane WarningsMark JacobsonMark Jacobson, currently a contributing editor at New York Magazine, is the author of two novels: Gojiro and Everyone and No One.The Hurricane, directed by Norman Jewison. Universal Studios, 1999.Hurricane: The Miraculous...
Letters to the Editor
Spirit and Health I To the Editor: In the March/April issue of The Skeptical Inquirer (published by CSICOP, the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal), scientific studies about the therapeutic benefits of intercessory...
Life Story
Life StoryMira BartokMira Bartok is the author of the Ancient and Living Cultures Series, published by Good Year Books. Her writing has appeared in Artful Dodge, The Kenyon Review, and Paris/Atlantic.A man tells me his life story. Later, I will roast...
Off the Boat
From Catastrophe to Power: Holocaust Survivors and the Emergence of Israel, by Idith Zertal. University of California Press, 1998. Idith Zertal, an Israeli essayist and historian, tells the story of the Mossad Le-Aliya Beth (Institute for Alternative...
Racism Black and White
Racism Black and WhiteJames G. BlightJames G. Blight is a professor of international relations at Brown University and coauthor of Argument Without End: Searching for Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy.Race in the Mind of America: Breaking the Vicious Circle...
Senator Kennedy
Senator KennedyMichael TomaskyMichael Tomasky is a political columnist at New York magazine. He has contributed to the New York Times Book Review, Harper's, GQ, the Nation, Dissent, and others. He is the author of Left for Dead and is currently at work...
Social Action and Spirituality
Congregations and Jewish organizations throughout North America have long emphasized programs of good works under the heading of "social action" or tikkun olam ("repair of the world"). Now these same groups are developing programs under the general heading...
Social Action and Spirituality: Is There Any Connection?
Social Action and Spirituality: Is There Any Connection?Herbert BronsteinHerbert Bronstein is senior scholar at North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, Illinois, where he served as senior rabbi for a quarter of a century. He is editor of a best-selling...
The CIA and the (Jewish) Liberals
Sidney Hook, Irving Kristol, Daniel Bell, Nathan Glazer, Seymour M. Lipset: the core of Jewish neoconservative pioneers. What do they have in common with liberal Cold Warriors like Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Lionel Trilling, Saul Bellow, Arthur Koestler,...
The CIA and the (Jewish) Liberals: Some Fresh Perspectives
The CIA and the (Jewish) Liberals: Some Fresh PerspectivesPaul BuhlePaul Buhle's largely Jewish memory book, Images of American Radicalism (Christopher), recently appeared in paperback. He teaches radical history at Brown University.Sidney Hook, Irving...
The Lines That Separate Us
Borders in a "Borderless" World We are, so the economists tell us, living in a borderless world. The nation state has come to an end, globalization has taken over, and the boundaries separating political entities have simply disappeared, or are in the...
The Lines That Separate Us: Borders in a "Borderless" World
The Lines that Separate Us: Borders in a "Borderless" WorldDavid NewmanDavid Newman chairs the department of politics and government at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and is editor of the international journal Geopolitics.We are, so the economists...
The Meaning of the Growing Wage and Wealth Gap
Market Values Trump Civic Values How do we ethically evaluate an economy where two of the biggest growth industries are prison construction and the building of gated residential communities? Each day we hear reports about the booming economy, but the...
The People V. Dr. Laura
The People v. Dr. LauraDanny GoldbergDanny Goldberg is copublisher of TIKKUN.Several gay and lesbian groups have been pressuring Paramount Television not to create a television show with Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a widely syndicated radio personality who...
The Silence of Stone
Two instruments of memory, photography and stone: each gesturing toward eternity, the gesture that always becomes elegiac. Our effort to preserve a moment of light or the momentum of tools incising character or image, to extend some particle or surface...
Time to Be
The Committee for FREE TIME/FREE PEOPLE, from a draft by Arthur Waskow For many of us, the hardest work we do is finding time to rest. This is no anecdotal oddity of the driven baby-boomers. In The Overworked Americans, Juliet Schor reports in analytic...
Time to Be: What Families & Communities Need Most
Time to Be: What Families & Communities Need MostThe Committee for FREE TIME/FREE PEOPLE, from a draft by Arthur WaskowThe Committee is an interreligious working group brought together by The Shalom Center, whose director is Rabbi Arthur Waskow....
Waking the Dead
Waking the DeadMichael LernerYou've got to see Waking the Dead, a beautiful and important film that captures the central predicament facing contemporary American society: how to live a "normal life" in a society that requires that we all "not know" what...
War, Sex, & God
Religious Terrorism in the Mind of Mark Juergensmeyer Religious terrorism, an ancient practice, is back. Until recently, in the good old days of the Cold War, populist carnage was orchestrated on behalf of the people, the nation, the proletariat, but...
War, Sex & God: Religious Terrorism in the Mind of Mark Juergensmeyer
War, Sex & God: Religious Terrorism in the Mind of Mark JuergensmeyerRoger FriedlandRoger Friedland teaches in the departments of religious studies and sociology at UC Santa Barbara.Religious terrorism, an ancient practice, is back. Until recently,...
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