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. 4, July/August

Can American Jewry Handle Good News?
* Antisemitism in America Today: Outspoken Experts Explode the Myths, Jerome Chanes, Ed. Birch Lane Press, 1995. If we are to believe these essays then the Jewish community in the United States has solved what had been the dominant issue on its agenda...
"Coming Out" in the Middle of the Road
The power of hype is never to be underestimated: that is one moral of the worst-kept secret in America, comedian Ellen DeGeneres' recent coming out as a lesbian. Her TV persona, the protagonist of ABC's Ellen, announced her long-suspected orientation...
Damaged Hearts
Two summers ago a relieved airline stewardess handed over a wheelchair containing my motherin-law salvaged from life in a nursing home. Her nightgown peeped from under her skirt. Her wig sat too far back on her bald head. Below her bare knees, two identical...
End of Ideology in the Promised Land
Rubber Bullets: Power and Conscience in Modern Israel, by Yaron Ezrahi. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997. "We shall know how to keep the rabbis in their synagogues, and our generals in their barracks," Theodor Herzl wrote of his Judenstaat. Add to that...
I and My Companions: Two Months in the Short Life of a Desert Daughter, Bat Yiftah
Yiftah vowed a vow to God saying, "If you deliver the children of Ammon to me, whatever comes from my door shall be yours in a burnt offering."-Judges 11:30-31 if tah, whose namesake is `he will open,' lets his mouth swing open like a door on broken...
Jewish Ethics and the Palestinian-Israeli Problem
"God told Moses to make war on Sihon (Deut. 2:24), but Israel did not make war; they sent messengers of peace (Deut 2:26). God said,'I ordered you to make war, but you made overtures of peace.' `There is no peace,' says the Lord, `for the wicked.' (Isa....
Jewish Multiculturalism: Enhancing Our Awareness, Embracing Our Diversity
When most of us think of multiculturalism, we think of it outside the Jewish community. The closest it may touch us is through issues like Black-Jewish relations or Arab-Jewish dialogue. But how often do we think of Black Jews or Arab Jews? Jewish organizations...
Letters to the Editor
"Real" Judaism? To the Editor: I write concerning the recent passage of the first reading of the "Conversion Law" here in Israel ("Not 'Real' Judaism," May/June, 1997). This Law, if passed, will codify the monopoly that Orthodox Rabbis have in matters...
Living Wage Ordinance: A Victory for the Working Poor
A stunning vote by the Los Angeles City Council this past April has given a major boost to cities around the country which may be contemplating living wage legislation as a way to boost the wages of the working poor. The passage of a Living Wage Ordinance,...
Living with Genocide
The first and most fundamental human right is the right to life. Without it such other rights as freedom of speech and protection against arbitrary arrest are simply irrelevant. In this sense, genocide-the intentional destruction of substantial portions...
Minyan
One by one we file into Finkelstein's living room (Finkelstein, the big shot): Goldberg comes with me, Greenblatt and Weissbaum show up together, everyone glum. Abramowitz and Breshman arrive smelling of bagel, then Bernstein in his Hindu get-up with...
Names for Rabbi Aaron, Z'l
When I was twelve, thirteen, and fourteen years old, I became increasingly obsessed with painting my name on the walls of the bunks where I lived for eight weeks every summer. I was not the only camper at Delwood to enjoy this pastime, of course. As...
New Ways of Living in the World of Work
Reverend Phillips shows how a politics of meaning perspective can be embodied in the work of a local church. Though some of the approach may be specific to a Christian community, much of what is done in the groups being described could work in synagogues,...
Religious Restoration of Religious Renewal
Jews are used to finding themselves on the front pages of major newspapers-almost always in regard to peace and war in Israel. But as the spring-fever festival of hilarious Purim came this past March, suddenly there was a different kind of front-page...
Social Responsibility Amendment and Initiative
Social Responsibility Amendment to the United States Constitution Every corporation with annual revenues of $20 million or more (in 1998 dollars, to be adjusted for inflation) operating within these United States must receive a new corporate charter...
Some Great Reading
First, two books that I resisted reading, and then found myself delightfully surprised at how good they were: Meredith Maran's Notes from an Incomplete Revolution: Real Life Since Feminism. I thought I'd encounter more "politically correct" moralizing....
Sounds of Renewal
Brilliance comes in many forms. Linda Hirschhorn is a truly gifted composer, arranger and conductor of Jewish vocal music who defies my attempt to categorize her style. It's hard to say whether her music is folk, classical or liturgical but its not hard...
SRA Responses
I support both your proposals. As one who has been organizing and writing on the Love Economy, the social and environmental costs of GNP-measured economic growth and the need for new scorecards (such as my Country Futures Indicators [CFI], soon to be...
Sunrise, Sunset
"Sunrise, Sunset... Swiftly Flow the Years." Shmaltzy self-indulgence, perhaps? But perhaps also something more. My son Akiba, returned from Israel and now about to start graduate school in religious studies at Stanford, was married to Sunny Rosenfeld...
The CIA, Drugs, the Ghetto-And the Media Whitewash
If you read the May 13 New York Times, it appeared that nine months of controversy over a major Contradrug story, published last August by Gary Webb in the San Jose Mercury News, had finally been laid to rest. "Expose on Crack Was Flawed, Paper Says,"...
The Content of Ethical Impact Reports: A Two-Tiered Proposal
What measuring sticks would a healthy, meaning-oriented society use to gauge the performance of its mid-sized and larger-scaled economic entities? Just what information should an "Ethical Impact Report" for corporations contain? Before offering my own...
The Jewish/Eastern Nexus: An Overview of Resources
Once upon a time common people needed a god they could picture in their minds' eyes or ears. The Bible speaks of God's hands, nostrils, voice, anger and love. In the 13th century Maimonides wrote The Guide Of the Perplexed for the elite Jewish postgraduates...
The Last Democrat
Locked in the Cabinet, by Robert B. Reich. Alfred Knopf, 1997. According to a certain Jewish joke, a prominent English Jew, about to be knighted by the Queen, is informed by the protocol officials that he is to recite a few words in Latin just before...
The Moral Obligation of Defense Lawyers
In the last issue of TIKKUN, I wrote a review of Alan Dershowitz's book "The Vanishing American Jew." That review faulted Dershowitz for a narrow Jewish chauvinism and a failure to understand either the spiritual crisis facing American Jews or the Jewish...
The Politics of Philanthropy
The United Jewish Appeal (UJA) is running scared. A full-page advertisement in the west coast edition of the New York Times shows a picture of an endearing young child with the heading, "He's Not Reform, Conservative or Orthodox. He's Poor and Hungry."...
Who Is a Jew?
The attempt by a section of the Orthodox Jewish world in Israel to use government power and laws to limit the ability of Conservative and Reform rabbis to perform various religious functions, and the effort by a sector of the Orthodox community in the...

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