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. 12, No. 1, January/February

Abortion: Whose Values? Whose Rights?
Abortion: Whose Values? Whose Rights?Helen Alvare is a policy adviser to the National Council of Catholic Bishops and advocate for the Catholic Church in America on pro-life issues. Marie C. Wilson is president of the Ms. Foundation for Women and author,...
Ask the Great Question
Ask the Great QuestionsJean Houston is a philosopher, teacher, and researcher into human capacities. Her most recent book is A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greater Story (Harper San Francisco, 1996).In late June of 1996, my porch and lawn were covered...
Ask the Great Questions
In late June of 1996, my porch and lawn were covered for days on end with reporters and cameramen looking for news of something that never happened. A White House leak of a tape of Mrs. Clinton and me doing an imaginative exercise in which we reflected...
A Tribute
Robert Friend is fond of quoting A. E. Housman's remark that fame was a mattress between himself and the hard ground, and in recent years, the line even crops up in his poems, although altered, so that what stands, or rather lies, between the poet and...
Balancing Individual Rights and the Common Good
Balancing Individual Rights and the Common GoodAmitai Etzioni is author, most recently, of The New Golden Rule: Community and Morality in a Democratic Society (Basic Books, January 1997).Some people have thought that communitarianism resembles conservativism...
Beggar's Banguet
Arrogant Beggar, by Anzia Yezierska, Introduction by Katherine Stubbs. Duke University Press, 1996. 153 pp. Cloth: $35.00. Paper: $12.95. Since Republicans and Democrats alike expressed their intention in the Welfare Reform Bill to "end welfare as we...
Beggar's Banquet
Beggar's BanquetMichael Galchinsky is the author of The Origin of the Modern Jewish Woman Writer (Wayne State University Press, 1996) and the co-editor of the forthcoming Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism.Arrogant Beggar, by Anzia...
Bettina Aptheker: Remembering Mario Savio
When I picture Mario now, I see him first as he was thirty-two years ago: the distinctive mop of curls, the ocean-blue eyes, tall and gangly, earnest, intense, his voice crackling, his energy electrifying. Then I see him as he was at fifty, with his...
Born to Shop: America's Growing Emotional Depression
When hope decreases and depression sets in, America's corporate elite has the medicine in hand: BUY, BUY, BUY. During the presidential campaign, many progressives tried to reassure themselves that once Clinton had passed his last election hurdle, "the...
Carrying on the Legacy: An Interview with Yuval Rabin
Carrying on the Legacy: An Interview with Yuval RabinMartin J. Gidron is an American-born journalist living in Tel Aviv. His article, "The Uses of Forgetting," appeared in the November/December 1996 issue of TIKKUN.It's easy to be cynical about those...
Courting Racial Justice
Courting Racial JusticeJohn Atlas is a New Jersey public-interest lawyer and president of the National Housing Institute. Peter Dreier, professor of politics and director of the Public Policy Program at Occidental College in Los Angeles, served as Boston's...
Editorials
EditorialsBorn to Shop: America's Growing Emotional DepressionWhen hope decreases and depression sets in, America's corporate elite has the medicine in hand: BUY, BUY, BUY.During the presidential campaign, many progressives tried to reassure themselves...
Ending Access as We Know It
Ending Access as We Know ItTom Hayden is a Democratic state senator from Los Angeles. He chairs the California Senate's environmental committee and is the author of the recent Lost Gospel of the Earth.Dear Mr. President,Attached is a letter I have sent...
From Apathy to Activism: Challenging America's Disempowered Youth
From Apathy to Activism: Challenging America's Disempowered YouthSasha Polakow-Suransky is a senior at Community High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is the leader of S.E.E.D., an organization working to combat discrimination in the public schools.The...
Giving It Up to God
Giving It Up to GodAndrea Cohen-Kiener is a student and teacher of the Jewish path. She is co-translator of Conscious Community: A Guide to Inner Work, by Rabbi Kalanymous Shapira (Jason Aronson, 1996).What does it take to make a human being? Genesis...
If You're So Smart, How Come You're Intermarried?
If You're So Smart, How Come You're Intermarried?Nancy Kalikow Maxwell is a reference librarian at Barry University, in Miami Shores, Florida, where she is also pursuing a second master's degree in theology. This article is drawn from a work in progress...
It Takes a Day-Care Center: A Response to Eleanor Reynolds
It Takes a Day-Care Center: A Response to Eleanor ReynoldsLinda Nicholson is professor of educational administration, policy studies, and women's studies at The University of Albany.While Eleanor Reynolds deserves praise for her attempts to get fellow...
Jack Weinberg: Remembering Mario Savio
I mourn Mario Savio, although I find it hard to acknowledge or accept the fact of his death. Mario was the first of the 1960s New Left media personalities. He leapt full force onto the stage of history, apparently from nowhere, as leader and voice of...
Letters
LABOR AND MEANING To the Editor: Joe Uehlein's "Reflections of a Trade Unionist" (November/December 1996) is the most exciting news yet from the labor movement. I was once an activist in AFSCME, and was very disappointed by my experience. Union meetings...
Lovers and Other Strangers: A Tikkun Roundtable on Intermarriage
Lovers and Other Strangers: A TIKKUN Roundtable on IntermarriageEgon Mayer, Ph.D., is professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and director of the Jewish Outreach Institute.Ellen Jaffe McClain is a teacher in the Los Angeles public schools and the...
Mark Shechner: Remembering Mario Savio
Although I was a member of the Executive Committee of the Free Speech Movement in 1964, I wasn't sure about going into Berkeley's Sproul Hall to risk arrest until Mario Savio gave his now-famous speech telling us that there comes a time when the ruling...
Men, Prison, and the American Dream
Men, Prison, and the American DreamTerry A. Kupers practices psychiatry in Oakland, California, and teaches at The Wright Institute in Berkeley. His latest book is Revisioning Men's Lives: Gender, Intimacy and Power (Guilford).According to the prison...
Not Far Enough: A Response to the Panel on Abortion
The panel members appropriately eschewed the hostility that can ooze from the radical Right. They spoke directly to the issues, rather than to the players. Unfortunately, Naomi Wolf and Marie Wilson only hinted at the place we must go. Helen Alvare defined...
Not Far Enough: A Response to the Panel on Abortion
Not Far Enough: A Response to the Panel on AbortionEllen Judith Reich, a lawyer by training, an author, and a mother at home, lives in North Carolina. She is working on a new book, Liberal Jew and Pro-Life? A Feminist Position Against Elective Abortion.The...
On beyond Shylock
On Beyond ShylockBradley S. Berens is finishing a doctorate at U.C. Berkeley, where he teaches in the English department.Shakespeare and the Jews, by James Shapiro. Columbia University Press, 1996. 317 pp. $29.95.I am a Jew, and I teach Shakespeare....
Remembering Mario Savio
Remembering Mario SavioAlthough I was a member of the Executive Committee of the Free Speech Movement in 1964, I wasn't sure about going into Berkeley's Sproul Hall to risk arrest until Mario Savio gave his now-famous speech telling us that there comes...
Sounds of Renewal
Sounds of RenewalIn this issue, we begin a new column on the music of Jewish Renewal. Ya'acov Gabriel, a rabbi, leads the Jewish Renewal Congregation Har Shalom in Fort Collins, CO. He won a Canadian Grammy for producing and arranging and has recorded...
Special Focus I: Memos to Clinton-Two Nations, Eternally Unequal?
Not long ago in the South Bronx, I was speaking with a woman who has lived there for a quarter-century and has seen the changes in the racial make-up of her neighborhood. "Twenty-five years ago," she said, "there were still a few white families on this...
Steve Weissman: Remembering Mario Savio
Mario was a pain in the tush-and that's what we, the radical grad students, needed to keep our people moving. He wouldn't shut up or go away. He kept shoving. He created crises. He refused to let us play it safe. In his heart, he never believed we would...
Stranger in the Midst: A Memoir of Spiritual Discovery
Stranger in the Midst: A Memoir of Spiritual DiscoveryFrom Stranger in the Midst: A Memoir of Spiritual Discovery, by Nan Fink. Copyright (c) 1997 by Nan Fink. Reprinted by arrangement with Basic Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. Nan...
The Case for Character Education
The Case for Character EducationThomas Lickona is professor of education at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he directs the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility). He serves on the Board of the national Character...
The New Sodomites
The New SodomitesAryeh Cohen is assistant professor of rabbinic literature and chair of the Jewish Studies Department at the University of Judaism. David Waskow is regional program director at the American Jewish Congress, Pacific Southwest Region.The...
The Poetry of Robert Friend
The Poetry of Robert FriendA TributeRobert Friend, born in New York in 1913 and living in Israel since 1950, has published eight books of original poetry, most recently, The Next Room (1995) and four books of poetry translations from the Hebrew, including...
The Real "Gender Thing"
The Real "Gender Thing"Marie C. Wilson is the president of the Ms. Foundation for Women.In November, women went to the polls and their votes put you over the top and back in the White House, President Clinton.Any other constituency who delivered this...
To: President@whitehouse.gov
To: President@whitehouse.govRabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi is the founder of the Spiritual Eldering Institute and professor emeritus at Temple University. He holds the World Wisdom Chair at the Naropa Institute.Dear Mr. President:If I were to meet...
Two Nations, Eternally Unequal?
Two Nations, Eternally Unequal?Jonathan Kozol's most recent books are Savage Inequalities and Amazing Grace.Not long ago in the South Bronx, I was speaking with a woman who has lived there for a quarter-century and has seen the changes in the racial...
Waiting to Grow
Waiting to GrowEleanor Reynolds is the author of Guiding Your Children: A Child-Centered Approach and publisher of The Problem Solver: A Newsletter for Children's Programs. She teaches children and plays with her grandson in Seattle, Washington.The other...
Wedding at Kibbutz Ginosar
I sit with my two children in the Sea of Galilee; we are sifting the smooth bottom gravel for snails. Banana fields cover the hill flanks with a green haze-like flame. When we find a tiny shell we peer in-the mud of life is there, pulsing. It retreats...
What Is the Politics of Meaning?
The politics of meaning is both a new theoretical orientation and a strategy to change American society. Theoretical Orientation Liberals and progressives have focused on economic needs and individual rights-and have fought against corporate or governmental...
Why Aren't Blacks Getting Jobs?
The neoconservatives have a simple answer: Inner-city Blacks have developed a pathological relationship to the healthy values in our society and are unable to develop the skills needed for a changing economy. The more extreme racists add the explanation...
Yaron Ezrahi Helps Israel Enter the Eighteenth Century
None of us at TIKKUN who critique the ultra-individualism and breakdown of community in the contemporary world seek to return to feudal notions of community. We are critical even of some forms of communitarianism, such as that espoused in this issue...
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