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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. 32, No. 1, Winter

A Call for Love in the Face of Hatred
Note: Muhammad AH knew Rabbi Lerner as a friend and ally in the 1960s and early '70s when both were indicted by the U.S. governmentfor their roles in opposing the war in Vietnam. Ali, knowing he would die from Parkinson's disease, planned his memorial...
A Journey to Armenia: Visual Reminders of Genocide and Oppression
After many decades of teaching and speaking about the Armenian Genocide, I was invited in March 2016 to give a series of presentations in Armenia. I spoke about the Genocide, the Holocaust, and about American racism, sexism, and homophobia at seven universities...
Are Humans Special?
Obviously we are a unique species. Just look around: humans have transformed much of the surface of the earth, remolding it for our own convenience. We have fulfilled God's injunction in the first chapter of the Bible: "Let us make man in our image,...
Back to Hobbes?
Thomas hobbes' Leviathan, published in 1651, famously postulated that a strong central government was necessary to suppress human inborn cruelty, thereby making life among humans liveable, instead of "nasty, brutish, and short" as it would otherwise...
Being Here Now: This Creation Is the Divine Image
Response to Arthur Green's Review of KABBALAH AND ECOLOGY: God's Image in the More-Than-Human World. Cambridge University Press, 2015Art green and i agree on so many important issues - not only on the environment, the rejection of religious triumphalism,...
Coercive Deference and Double Bind Politics on the Left (a Response to the 2016 Election)
I share with I'm sure virtually all of Tikkun's readers a feeling of pain and horror at the acts of racial and ethnic violence that have occurred since the election of Donald Trump. And I of course agree that the rhetoric of Trump's campaign has had...
Grounds for Hope
Your opponents would love you to believe that it's hopeless, that you have no power, that there's no reason to act, that you can't win. Hope is a gift you don't have to surrender, a power you don't have to throw away. And though hope can be an act of...
Is Everything in God's Image?
Is Everything in God's Image? KABBALAHAND ECOLOGY: God's Image in the More-ThanHuman World. by David M. Seidenberg Cambridge University Press, New York, 2015.REVIEW BY ARTHUR GREENI have to begin with a confession. Theologizing about the environment...
Kaddish for Che
This article was written before the death of Fidel Castro in November 2016. Like Che, Castro remains, regardless of how one felt about him, one of the twentieth century's greatest revolutionary figures. His death and the complex legacy he leaves put...
New Psalms for a Paradigm Shift in Judaism
These verses of a contemporary psalm came to me in Hebrew, the language of Jewish continuity and the one I find best suited for enduring Jewish creativity. I wrote most of the poems in this essay first in Hebrew and then translated them into English....
Once There Was a Man . .
Once there was a man who was neither happy,nor was he sad, in his case this shallow stategrew deeper from year to year. Finally he landedin a hospital for the nervously disturbed. To stimulate him,he was told to listen to the news and readthe papers....
On Wild Ethics
All of man's mistakes arise because he imagines that he walks upon a lifeless thing, whereas his footsteps imprint themselves in afleshfull of vital power. - Jean GionoAlthough "ethics" is commonly equated with a set of rules or principles for right...
Overcoming Trump-Ism
We are deeply concerned about the path our country is going to take under Donald Trump's leadership. The racist, sexist, and xenophobic signals given during the 2016 campaign led to an escalation of acts of public hate against Latinos, Muslims, and Jews....
Psalm 23
Psalms have a unique place in Jewish tradition. They are used to comfort us in a variety of situations, including when sick and at funerals. A different psalm is recited each day of the week to add to our prayer and experience of the flow of the week,...
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...
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Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming Winona LaDuke Haymarket Books, 2016With Americans experiencing a growing awareness of the persistence of racism in every aspect of our lives, we welcome Haymarket Book's republication of Winona...
The Blessings of Metonymy
The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai Ed. Robert Alter Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015RECIEW BY RODGER KAMENETZWHAT MAKES POETS GREAT to begin with is a living presence we feel in their words, the way we can "read" the body and the voice of the poet. That is...
We Are Poured out like Water
Thank you Rabbi Michael Lerner for the invitation to make some brief remarks about what it is like to be an African American in the twenty-first century. This makes me think of W.E.B. Dubois who was answering a similar question over hundred years ago....
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