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. 6, November/December

A Chanukah Forest Miracle
"If not for the trees, human life could not exist. " -Sifre Deuteronomy 20:19 Long ago, before science understood the critical role that trees play in the world's ecosystems, Jews understood their importance, celebrating trees in stories and protecting...
A Global Gamble
The debate about global warming is a debate about the outcome of a gamble. We are betting that the benefits of our industrial and agricultural activities will outweigh the possible adverse consequences of an unfortunate by-product of our activities,...
A Jewish Agenda for the New Millennium
Regardless of which calendar you live by, the shift to the year 2000 carries with it an opportunity to think about the future. As part of that thinking process I would like to add the following items to the Jewish agenda for the new millennium. 1. The...
A Jewish Perspective on East Timor
The last decade of the twentieth century has been marked by terror, as some ninety conflicts have erupted around the world. Largely intra-state in nature, but threatening regional peace and security as well as human consciousness, each in turn has attracted...
A Morning's Outing in Israel
It is a very hot day in Bnai Brak. I am with Yoram, one of the founders of Bayit Cham (the Warm Home), an organization dedicated to finding employment for people recovering from mental illness. Yoram is young, and he has what we call in Hebrew Temimut,...
An Interview with Martin Jay
Martin Jay is the preeminent historian of Western Marxism and the Frankfurt school. He is currently the chair of the department of history at U. C. Berkeley and author, most recently, Of Cultural Semantics: Keywords of Our Time (University of Massachusetts...
Boomeritis vs. Spiritual Growth in the New Millennium
The baby boomer generation has, like any generation, its strengths and weaknesses, Its strengths include an extraordinary vitality, creativity, and idealism, plus a willingness to experiment with new ideas beyond traditional values. Some social observers...
Chanukah
CELEBRATING THE WORLD'S FIRST RECORDED NATIONAL LIBERATION STRUGGLE evening of December 3 through December 10, 1999 * The Ritual Each night of Chanukah we light candles, starting with the then adding one additional candle each night for a total of shamash...
Chile: U.S. Hands Are Not Clean
United States government officials have felt comfortable as long as human rights law has focused on war crimes cases, as in the Balkans and Rwanda, where brutal leaders ordered genocide to "ethnically cleanse" their enemies. But they have become uneasy...
Do You Eat Fish?
Jewish vegetarians argue that Jews should eliminate, or at least sharply reduce, their consumption of animal products because the realities of animal-based diets and agriculture are sharply inconsistent with basic Jewish mandates to take care of our...
Faith-Based Compassion
A few days after Buford 0. Furrow, Jr., allegedly shot up a California Jewish community and daycare center, the Los Angeles Times ran a Paul Conrad cartoon depicting the rifle-toting homicidal Furrow with the caption "Faith-Based Compassionate Conservative,...
George W. Bush's.Compassion
George W. Bush's recent criticisms of those Republicans who care more for protecting wealth than for tackling America's abiding social ills deserves some praise. Mr. Bush's statements critiquing the Republicans in Congress for attempting to "balance...
Have We Already Played the Game and Lost?
Sometimes the questions we ask are more important than the answers we get ... because the answers are rooted in the assumptions inherent in the questions, We ask, "Will there be an international disaster because of the Y2K bug?" or, "Are we facing Armageddon?"...
Letters to the Editor
Memos to Barak To the Editor: The professors who wrote "Memos to Barak" (September/October 1999) are an arrogant group of dreamers. They disdain the Israelis, seeing in them aggressive, boorish, parochial racists unable or unwilling to make peace with...
Millennium and Historical Hope
Listen to the words of a good French abbot, reminiscing in 998 about his youth some twenty years before: "About the end of the world, I heard someone preaching to the people in a Paris church that the Antichrist would come in the year 1000 and the last...
No Permanent Abode
Some years ago, while visiting Dublin, Ireland, I discovered that I had been homeless as a child in Brooklyn. I was consulting with Focus Point, a newly established Irish organization that deals with housing problems. In the course of questioning the...
Notes on the Jewish Millennium
The way Jews live in the world has undergone a major shift in this past century, a shift that is worth thinking about in the context of a larger time frame. In the first Christian millennium, Jews were a tolerated minority, which meant that they owed...
No Trees Please, We're Jewish
A distinction exists between the leisure activity that offers relief from one's occupation and the leisure activity that wrestles against the very soul of one's occupation. As a critic and teacher of Jewish American literature in my professional life,...
Progress and Catastrophe
I Over the last two centuries the world has undergone more profound changes than in the previous two millennia. The rapid transformation of humanity's material existence has been accompanied by unprecedented political and social developments. And, since...
Public Journalism
The news delivers us to a space that journalists have themselves crafted. If they are inclined to forget this, the rest of us should not, for the crafting of an inhabitable world is perhaps the highest demand we can make on the people to whom we bestow...
Rhythms of Renewal
Tuning the Soul, by Richard Kaplan and Michael Ziegler. Four Gates Music, 1999. Living Tree, by Jack Gabriel. Nisa Records, 1999. Richard Kaplan and Michael Ziegler have produced that rare recording which makes the new holy and renews the old. Marrying...
Thanksgiving: Making Gratitude Real
Gratitude doesn't come easy. Celebration of the universe and gratitude for all that we have is one of the central themes of Shabbat. One reason why you can't really understand the spiritual depth of Shabbat unless you do the whole twenty-five hour process...
The American Writer's Search for God
God and the American Writer, by Alfred Kazin. Alfred A. Knopf, 1997. D.H. Lawrence once called sex "the dirty little secret" of proper late Victorians. Given the life-choking silence that surrounded the subject, it's no small wonder that he came to feel...
The Eros of the Holy
'The greater the spiritual stature of a person the greater their sexual passion."' -Talmud: Tractate Sukkah What does sexuality in its essential nature teach us about the nature of the holy? The implication of this question may strike some as odd because...
The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: A Final Settlement?
The first few months of Ehud Barak's prime ministership have brought a new hopefulness to IsraeliPalestinian negotiations. Unlike his predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu, Barak prefers a negotiated settlement to the preservation of the status quo. Moreover,...
The Jewish Stake in Community Development
Possessions! " sings Tevye in Mad magazine's 1973 send-up of Fiddler on the Roof-"Possessions! " instead of "Tradition! " How did a million-plus Tevyes and Goldas, immigrants to America from a poor and persecuted people, become wealthy enough within...
The Love Song of Timothy Leary
Prologue During an interview with Timothy Leary several months before his death from prostate cancer in 1996, I brought up the subject of G. Gordon Liddy's 1966 raid on Leary's home. LEARY: He was a government agent entering our bedroom at midnight....
The Peaceful Maccabee
A CEREMONY FOR THE EIGHT NIGHTS OF CHANUKAH Chanukah we usually honor the Maccabees, brave men who fought with the sword against injustice. This year, we choose also to honor those courageous women who, throughout our history, have challenged injuslice-not...
The Question
Question: Why is it few care to understand or apply the laws of dramaturgy to drama, while such laws are both understood and practiced spontaneously in the television commercial? Surprise, suspense, false expectations, reversal, 1 inevitability, juxtaposition...
The Right(s) Stuff
There's good news and bad news in the human rights crisis in East Timor. First, the bad news. The Clinton administration sent mixed messages to the Indonesian government on militia violence, with the State Department tough, the Pentagon soft, and the...
Why We're Hopeful about the New Millennium
Strictly speaking, it's not our millennium, and theirs doesn't start till 2001. So what? The cultural reality is that the year 2000 is emerging as a year in which fantasies abound and some serious reflection might be possible. Unfortunately, serious...

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