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. 17, No. 1, January/February

Art after Tragedy
SEPTEMBER 11 Americans aren't particularly well-suited to be mourners. True grief demands silence, the quiet that comes from listening, the modesty and humility of loss. But in so many ways we are a nation compulsively afraid to sit with our sadness....
A Spiritual Politics for the Post-Taliban World
A Spiritual Politics for the Post-Taliban WorldWho wouldn't rejoice when the women of Afghanistan were given a few moments of freedom just before the Northern Alliance--well known for having committed a rampage of rapes and murders the last time it ruled--took...
Can Colin Powell Rescue Us?
Can Colin Powell Rescue Us?The disgusting acts of terror against Israeli civilians in Jerusalem and Haifa in early December 2001, preceded by Israeli assassinations of Hamas activists immediately after the United States had sent its representative to...
Common Ground
Common GroundDanielle Ofri, MD, PhD, is a faculty member of NYU School of Medicine and Bellevue Hospital. She is editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review, and recipient of the 2001 Missouri Review Editor's Prize in nonfiction."We are a Catholic...
Educating against Violence
Educating Against ViolenceThe author is a professor in the Social Foundations of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is presently collaborating on a joint project with the University of Haifa Center for Peace Education Research.The...
Gay Orthodox Jews in the Movies
FILM REVIEW Trembling Before G-d, directed by Sandi Simcha DuBowski. Produced by Sandi Simcha DuBowski and Marc Smolowitz. A New Yorker Films release, 2001. For five years, filmmaker Sandi Simcha DuBowski traveled with his camera to places of pain in...
Gay Orthodox Jews in the Movies: Trembling before G-D
Gay Orthodox Jews in the Movies: Trembling Before G-dHarriette Yahr is a writer, filmmaker, and a film professor. Her latest film, Baker's Men, is playing in film festivals around the country. It is the first in a series of short films which deconstruct...
Global Solidarity
The real need of the moment," says Michael Lerner, "is for a fundamental rethinking of the way we are running our world. In this battle of fear against hope," he says, we need to "focus our energies on building trust, love, and goodness in the world...
Ground Work
SEPTEMBER 11 How do I respond when I see that in some Islamic countries there is vitriolic hatred for America? I'll tell you how I respond: I'm amazed. I'm amazed that there's such misunderstanding of what our country is about that people would hate...
How Will the TIKKUN Community Work?
How Will the TIKKUN Community Work?We've received an overwhelmingly positive response to our TIKKUN Community Founding Statement, which was printed in the November/December 2001 issue and can be found on our website at www.tikkun.org. People want to...
Israel, a Land of Asphalt and Cement?
A Conversation with Israeli Environmentalist Yoav Sagi While Palestinians and Israelis struggle for political control of the lands between the Jordan and Mediterranean waters, the health of this physical territory deteriorates with every passing year....
Israel, a Land of Asphalt and Cement? A Conversation with Israeli Environmentalist Yoav Sagi
Israel, a Land of Asphalt and Cement? A Conversation with Israeli Environmentalist Yoav SagiJonathan Schorsch is TIKKUN's Jewish Book Editor. Yoav Sagi is the coordinator of the Open Land Institute, Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, Rehov...
Is Wagner Good for the Jews?
Is Wagner Good for The Jews?Kim Chernin is one of the founders of EdgeWork Books, www.edgework.com.Neither the Israel Philharmonic nor the New Israeli Opera has ever performed Wagner. Many Holocaust survivors protest the performance of Wagner's music...
Letters to the Editor
The Afghan War To the Editor: I was brought up as a reform Jew, but by the age of fourteen (mid 1970s) rejected this path in favor of meditation practice and direct experience of God/Goddess/Atman/Pure Consciousness-whatever we wish to call it. My concerns...
Modern Fashion or Global Fascism?
Modern Fashion or Global Fascism?Former counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, Jeff Gates is the author of The Ownership Solution (1998) and Democracy at Risk. He is president of the Shared Capitalism Institute (www.sharedcapitalism.org). ???...
My Life as an Old Man
* The Dying Animal, by Philip Roth. Houghton Mifflin, 2001. Philip Roth must have known he would be pummelled for this brief, ambiguous, and disturbing sequel to his acclaimed three-volume social history of post-war America-American Pastoral (1997),...
My Life as an Old Man: The Dying Animal
My Life as an Old Man: The Dying AnimalRonald Bush is Drue Heinz professor of American literature at Oxford University and author or editor of books about T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, primitivism and modernist culture, and cultural property and the negotiation...
Out of Darkness, a Strange Hope
Out of Darkness, a Strange HopeMichael Nagler is chair of the peace and conflict studies program at the University of California, Berkeley.Just before September 11 I went to a beautiful wedding. My former student Ori, the groom, is a sabra whose family...
Pacifism: Now More Than Ever
In the face of such an obvious evil as terrorism how could anyone oppose war? Given what happened on September 11, how can the American anti-war movement opposing the bombing of Afghanistan and advocating pacifism be justified? Pacifism is the most misunderstood...
Post-Traumatic Love Syndrome
In the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack, we saw and experienced an outpouring of generosity, altruism, and heroism. And not only at Ground Zero. Many people found themselves talking to strangers on the street, on buses, sitting in a bar watching...
Publisher's Notes
Publisher's NotesGeorge Vradenburg is husband to publisher Trish Vradenburg.The date: March 4, 1933. The occasion: Franklin D. Roosevelt's first Inaugural Address. The context: American financial markets in free fall, farmers unable to sell their goods,...
Race in the Twenty-First Century
Race in the Twenty-First CenturyHoward Winant is professor of sociology at Temple University. His most recent book is The World Is a Ghetto: Race and Democracy Since World War II (Basic Books).As the world lurches forward into the twenty-first century,...
Raising Your Child with Spirit
Parents love their children and want to give them everything they need to become happy, fulfilled adults. In my sixteen years of working with parents, I have known many who go to extraordinary lengths to nurture their children. Perhaps you are one of...
Raising Your Child with Spirit: Eloquence in Silence
Raising Your Child with Spirit: Eloquence in SilenceSusan Dermond is director of Living Wisdom School in Portland, Oregon, and the editor of I Came From Joy, a spiritual activity book. She writes and speaks about spiritual education and teaches yoga.Parents...
Re-Membering Decolonization
Re-membering DecolonizationChellis Gendinning's latest book is Off the Map: An Expedition Deep into Imperialism, the Global Economy, and Other Earthly Whereabouts (Shambhala, 1999), which won the National Federation of Press Women 2000 Book Award.......
Returning to Safe
SEPTEMBER 11 Few can tell my wife is a Jew. Irish, most think. At least Christian. Last September, a policeman sat beside her at our corner diner, and as she ate a sandwich he struck up a conversation. He described a six-hour commute from Long Island...
Sacred Space
The images from before and after signal the fault line of our changed world. The New Yorker cover for August 6, 2001 ("Young Architects," by Benoit van Innis) was a naive beach scene of vacationing New Yorkers building sand sculptures of their city....
September 11: Art after Tragedy
SEPTEMBER 11: Art After TragedyThane Rosenbaum is the literary editor of TIKKUN and the author of the forthcoming The Golems of Gotham.Americans aren't particularly well-suited to be mourners. True grief demands silence, the quiet that comes from listening,...
September 11: Global Solidarity
SEPTEMBER 11: Global SolidarityZygmunt Bauman is emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Leeds. He is the author of Modernity and the Holocaust (1989), Modernity and Ambivalence (1991), Postmodern Ethics (1993), and Postmodernity and its...
September 11: Ground Work
SEPTEMBER 11: Ground WorkJoel Kovel teaches at Bard College and is the author, most recently, of The Enemy of Nature, just released by Palgrave (Zed Books, London). For information: www.joelkovel.org.How do I respond when I see that in some Islamic countries...
September 11: Pacifism; Now More Than Ever
SEPTEMBER 11: Pacifism; Now More than EverRabbi Philip J. Bentley, honorary president of the Jewish Peace Fellowship, is a pacifist in the Jewish tradition. He is currently dean of admissions and student life at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Riverdale,...
September 11: Post-Traumatic Love Syndrome
SEPTEMBER 11: Post-Traumatic Love SyndromeMichael Bader, DMH, is a practicing psychologist and psychoanalyst, a member of the Editorial Board of TIKKUN, and the author of Arousal: The Secret Logic of Sexual Fantasies (St. Martins Press).In the aftermath...
September 11: Returning to Safe
SEPTEMBER 11: Returning to SafeBarry Joseph (bjinfo@globalkids.org) lives in New York city and does human rights Internet projects with high school students at Global Kids, Inc. He likes to sing nonsense songs with his wife when he thinks no one else...
September 11: Sacred Space
SEPTEMBER 11: Sacred SpaceSidra DeKoven Ezrahi is professor of comparative Jewish literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her most recent publication is Booking Passage (Berkeley, 2000). This is her first essay as a columnist for cultural affairs.The...
TIKKUN - Shadows of Empire, Hopes of Redemption
TIKKUN--Shadows of Empire, Hopes of RedemptionPaul Buhle's latest (Jewish) books are A Very Dangerous Citizen: Abraham Lincoln Polonsky and The Hollywood Left (University of California) and Insurgent Images: the Labor Murals of Mike Alewitz (Monthly...
TIKKUN-Shadows of Empires, Hopes of Redemption
We live in the land of the perpetual present, where historic forgetfulness is a near-automatic trait and the omnipresence of meaningless "news" merely reinforces the familiar impulse. Ideological claims upon the American Revolution as a single, epochal...
War of Contraries
* Properties of Light: A Novel of Love, Betrayal, and Quantum Physics, by Rebecca Goldstein. Houghton Mifflin, 2000. From kindergarten through graduate school we measure ourselves by the smart answers we contrive. But the trajectory of Rebecca Goldstein's...
War of Contraries: Properties of Light; A Novel of Love, Betrayal, and Quantum Physics
War of Contraries: Properties of Light; A Novel of Love, Betrayal, and Quantum PhysicsJanet Burstein, professor of English at Drew University, has published Writing Mothers, Writing Daughters, about American Jewish women writers. Her new book, Telling...
What the Water Gave Me
What the Water Gave MeKairol Rosenthal is a writer, director, and installation artist living in the Bay Area. She teaches and performs nationally and is currently developing a performance project with cancer survivors.Your TuesdaysNanna drove a blind...
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