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. 20, No. 5, September/October

Acts of Watching
Acts of Watching Tantalus in Love, by Alan Shapiro. Houghton Mifflin, 2005.In the story of Tantalus, Tantalus is a mortal, a favorite of the gods and a guest at their table, who is punished for tasting the heavenly foods. Tantalus spends eternity waist...
A Flawed Strategy
Israel's national goal is to live in peace, side-by-side with its neighbors. The Gaza disengagement neither helps to build a peace-loving neighbor nor promotes the peaceful resolution of issues leading to peace. Disengagement is an isolationist strategy...
Afterword
There is little to celebrate in the withdrawal from Gaza. From beginning to end, this was a drama orchestrated by Ariel Sharon with only one purpose: to perpetuate the Occupation of the West Bank.All this flowed from the unilateral character of the Gaza...
A Jewish History of Trafficking
In 1909, Shalom Aleichem wrote a short story titled "The Man From Buenos Aires." Describing the relationship between a railroad agent and a wealthy traveling salesman from Argentina's capital city, Aleichem provides a fictional window onto the explosion...
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews Next Year in Jerusalem, Daphna Golan-Agnon. The New Press, 2005In Israeli activist circles, Daphna Golan-Agnon is a household name. The founder of the women's peace organization Bat Shalom and the co-founder of Israel's leading human...
Changing Our Economic Vision of the Bible
I am a Christian minister, biblical theologian, and progressive Democratic Party activist working in Oklahoma. Once the heartland of progressive populism and New Deal politics, Oklahoma has moved steadily to the Right during the past several years. Last...
Facing the Other at Cannes
When I asked Toni Morrison during the press conference for the Cannes film festival jury to justify her best-screenplay vote for Guillermo Arriaga's The Three Burials of Meloquiades Estrada, I expected her-a member of the Helsinki Watch Committee on...
Faith-Based Psychotherapy
Does psychotherapy work? The answer-if one has the patience to plow through the morass of often contradictory research-is a resounding "maybe." Ever since London psychiatrist H. J. Eysenck published his controversial study in 1957 purporting to show...
Fashioning Sacred Words
It is customary for Jews to begin their spiritual preparation for the High Holy Days thirty days before Rosh Hashanah. During the month of Elul, the final month of the Hebrew calendar, people traditionally take on various ritual practices, including...
For Our Sins
A Supplement to the High Holiday PrayerbookWe invite you to use the following along with the traditional confessional prayer, Al Cheyt, recited on Yom Kippur. Bring your own list to Yom Kippur services-don't just go through the rote of reading the traditional...
Globalization and the Commercialization of Childhood
The Girls Intelligence Agency (GIA) is a relatively new American company that offers the services of its 40,000 "agents"-girls aged six to eighteen-to corporate customers that want to create a buzz for their products. GIA recruits these girls from around...
High Holiday 5766 - Tikkun
Not to Speak God's Name(A story for the days of awe )Master of the Universe, it is Yom Kippur. And I should be in shul, I know, but the first hour passed and the friend I looked for did not appear. He was walking in the woods, as he said he would if...
Infinite Commitment
Infinite Commitment Alain Badiou, Infinite Thought: Truth and the Return of Philosophy Peter Hallward, editor, Think Again: Alain Badiou and the future of Philosophy. Both from Continuum Publishing, 2005All too often, fame is the hand-maiden of hypocrisy....
Interview with Etgar Keret
Some writers dedicate their books to their partners. Etgar Keret took it one step further. After his girlfriend, Israeli actress Shira Geffen, complained that he'd never written a story about hereven though many of their friends and relatives had made...
Interview with Uri Avnery
Uri Avnery's opinions are not to be taken lightly. The most outspoken leader of Israel's peace movement, Avnery has in his own life mirrored the country he helped establish. Born in Germany in 1923, Avnery began his political life as a member of the...
Justice and American Particularism
Justice, justice shall thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.-Deuteronomy 16:18-20With the departure of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor from the U.S. Supreme Court, and the likelihood that Chief Justice...
Kabbalah, Academia, and Authenticity
A few months ago I sat down to have lunch at the Ohio State Hillel. I picked up a couple of magazines from the wall rack to read while I ate-the November/December 2004 issue of TlKKUN, and the Winter 2004 issue of Reform Judaism. Leafing through TlKKUN,...
LEAVING GAZA; Afterword
Rabbi Michael Lerner is the editor of TIKKUN, co-founder of the Tikkun Community, and spiritual leader of Beyt Tikkun synagogue.There is little to celebrate in the withdrawal from Gaza. From beginning to end, this was a drama orchestrated by Ariel Sharon...
Letters to the Editor
To the Editor:In Norman Finkelstein's response to my letter, he mischaracterizes a minor clarification by Marc Fisher as a "retraction" by the Washington Post. Marc Fisher called him "a writer celebrated by neo-Nazi groups for his Holocaust revisionism...
Listening to Dr. Dobson
This summer, the Supreme Court issued two opposing decisions on cases concerning the display of the Ten Commandments on government property. The Supreme Court ruled that a Texas display was acceptable, because it did not have a religious purpose, but...
London, Utopia
It was the first day of sixth grade. Looking outside the window, I could see the rain pouring down hard on the sidewalk below. Tired and frustrated because I hadn't secured the homeroom desk that I'd wanted, I sat there waiting for our teacher to take...
Lost in Translation
Democracy begins to fail, and political life becomes impoverished, when society can no longer translate private problems into public, social issues. Unfortunately, that is precisely what is happening in the United States today. In a post-9/11 world,...
MASH DOWN BABYLON; London, Utopia
Joel Schalit is managing editor of TIKKUN. His memoir, Jerusalem Calling, is available from Akashic Books.It was the first day of sixth grade. Looking outside the window, I could see the rain pouring down hard on the sidewalk below. Tired and frustrated...
Memories of a Forgotten People
It was a land of mistakes and a land of contradictions. A "Security Zone" that happened to be the most dangerous strip of land within a radius of hundreds of miles, a mountainous paradise through which flows the majestic Litani River, turned into a hopeless...
Moving Forward
This summer, the Tikkun Community had to close registration for our Conference on Spiritual Activism after we had reached 1,300 registrants. We simply couldn't fit more people into the rooms we had reserved. It was the largest gathering of the Spiritual/Religious...
Next Year in Jerusalem, Daphna Golan-Agnon
In Israeli activist circles, Daphna Golan-Agnon is a household name. The founder of the women's peace organization Bat Shalom and the co-founder of Israel's leading human rights NGO, B'Tselem, Golan-Agnon has dedicated her life to ending the Occupation...
Not to Speak God's Name
High Holiday 5766 * Tikkun(A story for the days of awe)Master of the Universe, it is Yom Kippur. And I should be in shul, I know, but the first hour passed and the friend I looked for did not appear. He was walking in the woods, as he said he would if...
One God, Many Images
In the mid-1930s when the leader of the "untouchable" caste, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, threatened to leave the Hindu religion and adopt a new one, scores of Christian and Muslim missionaries flocked to India hoping to convert some 160 million who were condemned...
Out of the Past: What Anti-Poverty Groups Can Learn from the American Legion
AMERICAN POLITICSEven if John Kerry had won the 2004 election, it would have made little difference to those who are not well off. Life would be better for poor Americans, but not significantly. And while the fate of the least fortunate is tied to the...
Paying Attention to Food
Eating, these days, is a political act. Every choice of food carries moral and economic implications, whether we are aware of them or not. Take a simple breakfast for starters. Orange juice from Brazil, grapes from Chile, apples from New Zealand, coffee...
Peace without Sisters?
When looking at pictures of the partial transfer of power that had been taking place in a number of West Bank cities since Abu Mazen was elected in January, we see an unsettling absence of women on the receiving end of the process.This absence prompts...
Ruling America: A History of Wealth and Power in a Democracy, Edited by Steve Fraser and Gary Gerstle
Americans are a people who have a notoriously difficult time speaking about class. When they do, they usually invoke value-laden terms like "welfare mothers," "society matrons," and "elites" as synonyms for such basic and fundamental concepts as "rich"...
Sikkum; TIKKUN RECOMMENDS
OTHER LANDS HAVE DREAMS: From Baghdad to Pekin PrisonKathy Kelly, Counterpunch/AK Press, 2005Kathy Kelly is someone you ought to know. As founder of Chicago's Voices in the Wilderness, during the 1990s, Kelly was responsible for highlighting the inhumanity...
The Dark Refuge
The funeral gave me something interesting to do on Christmas Day. Since I became an adult, I haven't liked Christmas. It was about the time of the morning that millions of parents were feeding their children's Santa delusions when a dead man's daughter-in-law...
The End of Civil Law?
Dominionists are radical Calvinists who believe that God, having given man dominion over the living creatures of the earth, also gives the "elect" power over the U.S. government. America's leading Dominionist, Pat Robertson, expresses this position in...
The Goals of the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP)
1 Changing the Bottom Line in America. Today, institutions and social practices are judged efficient, rational, and productive to the extent that they maximize money and power. That's the Old Bottom Line. Here is the New Bottom Line that we advocate:...
The National Religious Settlers and Zionist Revisionist Ideology
In the early years of Israeli statehood, members of the national religious camp, like other groups that did not fit the model of the secular, Ashkenazi Laborite-such as Mizrahim, the ultra-Orthodox, and Zionist revisionists-were relegated to the margins...
The New Jewish Canon
The New Jewish Canon Who We Are: On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer, Edited by Derek Rubin. Schocken Books, 2005The celebrated American playwright and author S.N. Berhman revealed in his 1954 memoir, The Worcester Account, that though...
The Perils and Possibilities of Teshuvah
At the end of the first season of the Sopranos, Tony Soprano is sitting in his therapist's office when she confronts him with the likelihood that his mother, Livia, has conspired with his Uncle to have Tony killed. Suddenly, Tony leaps up, knocks over...
The Teshuvah Process
A Path for Spiritual and Social TransformationThis year, our whole society needs a period of repentance and atonement. We invite people of all faiths (including the many orthodox atheists) to use the Jewish spiritual practice of the Days of Awe to reflect...
Transformed before God
Razi was raised as a girl, in a feminist Jewish Revival synagogue. Nobody ever told Razi not to do the things boys did, but still Razi found religious events a source of discomfort. This was because Razi "felt too self-conscious in my own skin to wear...
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