Magazine article Tikkun

Current THINKING

Magazine article Tikkun

Current THINKING

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Twenty Years Young

Saying that American culture privileges youth is not necessarily a compliment. It often means we prefer naivety to experience or impulsiveness to sophistication. When we are at our best, however, what we mean by youth is the combination of passion and energy that drives ideas forward.

All this to preface the magazine you now hold in your hands. This May, Tikkun will be twenty years young.

To celebrate, we've given ourselves what the magazine industry calls a "redesign," under the superb guidance of our art director, Jonathan Wieder. Our goal is to bring the passion and energy we feel to the surface, in a magazine that is easier to read and that better reflects who we are and where we are going.

Tikkun was founded as a Jewish critique of politics, culture, and society. We are still that, but we've also become a place for Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, and others who are spiritual or "spiritual but not religious" to explore the intersection between spirituality and politics. The Jewish tradition of social justice is relevant for anyone who believes, as we do, that an authentic spirituality requires political action. Increasingly, our readers remind us that the reverse is also true: that political action is most effective when it speaks to our deepest spiritual needs.

In a world where we often hear only the voices of cynicism, Tikkun has remained deeply committed to hope. Rather than paint the world in black and white, we listen to what others feel and say, and seek ways to answer their needs within a progressive framework. …

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