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. 30, No. 1, Winter

Adapting Ancient Ethical Principles in Modern Times
The biblical dream of Jubilee-the periodic forgiveness of all debts and equal redistribution of land-has the power to inspire contemporary activism, but it would be misguided for us to try to revive biblical Jubilee laws in a literal way. By focusing...
A New Take on the First Commandment: Building the Religious Counterculture
LIKE THE BIBLE ITSELF, the Ten Commandments are used and abused for a wide range of agendas. They function as a Rorschach test, separating conservative Christians (who want to use them as a banner of so-called traditionalism) from liberal religious people...
A Religious Movement to End Predatory Payday Lending
In 1999, a catholic priest in Chicago found himself counseling a parishioner who was struggling to stay afloat financially. The parishioner, a mother who worked two jobs, had been paying $120 every two weeks for over a year to service two payday loans....
Between Paradigm Shift Judaism and Neo-Hasidism: The New Metaphysics of Jewish Renewal
SINCE ITS EMERGENCE in the early 1970s, the Jewish Renewal movement has made a revolutionary break from past forms of Judaism. Led by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, the movement's architect, Jewish Renewal communities have explored new realms of Jewish...
Buddhism and Debt
THE INCOMPARABLE LOFTINESS of the monk figure-placid and disinterested, having renounced desire-leads many to think of Buddhism as a religion detached from all worldly concerns, especially those of economy. But Buddhism has always addressed a continuum...
Building an International Bank for Right Livelihood
Governments across the globe have piled up mountains of debt to keep their economies from crumbling on themselves. Each holds steadfast to an assumption that debt problems can always be solved with more economic growth. This idea that all national economies...
Debt Forgiveness: Who Owes Whom for What?
The lion's share of indebtedness in this world is invalid and immoral. Forgiveness is not what is called for; it's liberation.Talk of a "debt jubilee" leaves open whether the debts are valid or not, but talking about debt forgiveness raises the question...
Demitasse
(circa 1887- )You evaded the fire-storm, reaching the shoreOf the New World long before, so nothingTo speak of has shaken you more than the rageIn my father's voice or my brother's infant fistShattering a pane of the china closet, leaving youUnharmed...
Embracing Change: Forgotten Traditions within Sephardic Judaism
Embracing Change: Forgotten Traditions Within Sephardic Judaism Rabbinic Creativity in the Modern Middle East by Zvi Zohar Bloomsbury Academic, 2013Religious systems are often, if not always, associated with dogmatic, unchanging claims of absolute truths....
Embracing the Radical Economics of the Bible
What may be the most radical economic laws in all of human history are found in the first five books of the Bible, variously known as the Torah, the Pentateuch, "the law," and the books of Moses.Central to God's covenant with ancient Israel (the spiritual...
Jubilee on Wall Street: Taking the Bull by the Horns
Sometimes folks say, "But the Jews never really practiced the Jubilee." We Christians have never really practiced the Sermon on the Mount very well, either. Nonetheless, God's intention is clear, despite our failure to obey. Jubilee was still God's dream,...
Loving at the Wrong Time
Loving at the Wrong Time The Road to Emmaus by Spencer Reece Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014REVIEW BY KATIE HERMANShe had the cultivated dignity of those / who withhold their lives," Spencer Reece writes of an aging, androgynous baroness encountered...
Power without the King: The Debt Strike as Credible Threat
While most contemporary talk of Jubilee carries religious connotations, the first mass debt cancellations were likely born out of secular power consolidation. Economist Michael Hudson traces the earliest Jubilees to pre-biblical times, in periodic "clean...
Readers Respond
A NOTE ON LETTERS TO THE EDITORWe welcome your responses to our articles. Send letters to the editor to letters@tikkun.org. Please remember, however, not to attribute to Tikkun views other than those expressed in our editorials. We email, post, and print...
Reading Death
Reading Death To Mourn a Child: Jewish Responses to Neonatal and Childhood Death Edited by Jeffrey Saks and Joel WolowelskyKTAV Publishing House, 2013Kaddish: Women's Voices Edited by Michal Smart and Barbara AshkenasUrim Publications, 2013In the eastern...
Recommends
RECOMMENDSSmall Change: Why Business Won't Save the World Michael Edwards Berrett-Koehler, 2010The Just Market Jonathan Brandow Langdon Street Press, 2014We Make the Road by Walking Brian D. McLaren Jericho Books, 2014Global capitalism is destroying...
Reimagining Jubilee: A Political Horizon for Our Times
Historian peter linebaugh traces the first known African American usage of the concept of Jubilee to an 1834 edition of a children's magazine called The Southern Rose Bud. The description of slave children singing a hymn reads: "Don't you hear the Gospel...
Renewal Judaism: Building Closeness to God
Professor shaul magid is certainly correct in placing me in the paradigm-shift camp of Jewish Renewal. As he begins his essay, "Between Paradigm Shift Judaism and Neo-Hasidism: The New Metaphysics of Jewish Renewal," in this Winter 2015 issue of Tikkun,...
Sabbatical Year and Jubilee in Twenty-First-Century America
This section of Tikkun on "Jubilee and Debt Abolition" is meant to function as a thought experiment, opening up conceptual space for thinking afresh about our world. By envisioning what it would be like to implement the periodic Sabbatical Year and Jubilee...
Settler Judaism: The Destructive Idol Worship of Our Time
THE JEWISH PEOPLE'S OPENNESS toward the love-oriented, emancipatory, transformative aspects of Judaism is increasingly being subordinated to what I call "Settler Judaism," a Judaism that scoffs at universal values and human rights and valorizes power...
Silencing Dissent: How Biased Civil Rights Policies Stifle Dialogue on Israel
OUTRAGE OVER ISRAELI POLICIES toward Palestinians has continued to swell the movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS). In response, critics of BDS are spreading rhetoric that is corroding support for civil liberties, civil rights, and free...
Transcending Economic Dualities
Transcending Economic Dualities Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier New Society Publishers, 2014This book excites me in a rare and precious way. It has the potential to introduce many more people to...
Transcending Market Logic: Envisioning a Global Gift Economy
Dreaming of jubilee -the abolition of all debts and a yearlong halt to market transactions-is a helpful activity because it reminds us that our corporations are the ones who should be asking for forgiveness for their acts of plunder. Taking the idea...
What Makes a Poem Jewish?
What Makes a Poem Jewish? The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry Edited by Deborah Ager and M.E. Silverman Bloomsbury Academic, 2013BOOKSREVIEW BY DAVID DANOFFWhat makes a given poet a Jewish poet? It may be stories about Hebrew...
You Are Not a Loan: Strike Debt and the Emerging Debtors Movement
What does it mean to understand debt as a systemic problem in contemporary capitalism? Basic statistics give us one answer: Medical debt-people unable to pay their medical bills- is the number one contributor to bankruptcies in the United States. Outstanding...
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