Editorials & Actions

Judaism

A variety of perspectives on Elie Wiesel

Editor’s Note:  Elie Wiesel was an important leader of the section of the Jewish world which believes that the highest, perhaps the only, commandment left to observe after the Holocaust is “don’t forget what happened to us Jews.” He used …
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Turn July 4th into INTER-Dependence Day

Turn Independence Day Into an Interdependence Day Celebration  July 4th   (by Rabbi Michael Lerner   rabbilerner.tikkun@gmail.com)  (and if you happen to be in the S.F. Bay Area and want to come to our pre-Interdependence Day celebration and potluck on July …
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Israel/Palestine

Palestinian Man Kills 13-Year-Old Girl Asleep in Her West Bank Settlement

  The brutal murder of a young girl asleep in her bed in a West Bank settlement  (Kiryat Arba) justifiably has evoked outrage and condemnation–including from me and Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressives. While anti-occupation activists have pointed …
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Global Capitalism

The Real Meaning of Brexit: A Cry of Pain

Editor’s Introductory Note:  The vote by a majority in the UK to exit from the European Union  (Britain exiting, now called Brexit) is actually a cry of pain by the working people of Britain, and a reflection of the growing …
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Interfaith

A Call for Love in the Face of Hatred: Rabbi Lerner’s talk at Muhammad Ali’s Memorial

In case you who missed it, here’s Rabbi Lerner’s talk at Muhammed Ali’s funeral. His vision is all the more relevant given the horrific killings in Orlando and the way it is being used to promote fear, hatred and Islamophobia. It has gone viral on social media and inspired over a million people already. If it inspires you as well, please read below for how to be an ally with Rabbi Lerner to help build the world he describes.
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Global Capitalism

Right Wing Forces Gaining Strength in Germany

From Tikkun’s Berlin Correspondent Victor Grossman   BLUE SKY IN HAMBURG AND PIE IN HANOVER Berlin  June 6  2016 I’ll begin with a happy report. The Hamburg group of “Fighters and Friends of the Spanish Republic 1936-1939” had its annual get-together …
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US Politics

Muhammad Ali Memorial: Rabbi Lerner Invited to Speak

Rabbi Lerner Invited to Speak at Muhammad Ali’s Memorial Service It has been several decades since Rabbi Lerner worked with Muhammad Ali in the peace movement challenging the Vietnam War. The US government indicted both of them for their nonviolent …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery on The Right Wing Takeover of Israeli Institutions

I recently mentioned the German word Gleichschaltung – one of the most typical words in the Nazi vocabulary.

“Gleich” means “the same”, and “Schaltung” means “wiring”. The long German word means that everything in the state is wired up the same way – the Nazi way.

This was an essential part of the Nazi transformation of Germany. But it did not happen in any dramatic way. The replacement of people was slow, almost imperceptible. In the end, all important positions in the country were manned by Nazi functionaries.
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Inclusion in Each Other’s Humanity

In the very first chapter of Genesis, the Torah teaches us that the human being is created in the image of G-d. Ever since, tyranny and bigotry have been on notice—any doctrine that reduces other human beings to something less deviates from the nature of Creation.
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US Politics

Steven Zunes on Hillary Clinton’s Record on Foreign Policy

Please know that regardless of the concerns about Hillary’s Clinton’s foreign policy record I have expressed in my writings and I interviews, I recognize that the priority this fall for U.S. voters needs to be preventing Donald Trump from becoming president. And I also recognize the importance of rejecting the many false allegations against Hillary Clinton and categorically condemning any and all sexist attacks and misogynist language in reference to her or her candidacy.
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US Politics

Bernie is Israel’s Best Friend in 2016

 As a non-profit, Tikkun magazine does NOT endorse any candidate or political party. Nor does Rabbi Lerner. This article is a response to distorted media coverage of  Sanders’ appointment of prominent progressives to the Democratic Party’s Platform Committee whom the …
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Global Capitalism

Brazil: How Capitalist Institutions Undermined a Populist Regime

Editor’s Note: This article shows how near impossible it is to sustain a populist regime without dismantling the institutions of global capitalist society. In sober and careful analysis of what happened in Brazil, the author shows how the compromises and …
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Israel/Palestine

On Lieberman Israel’s New “Defense” Minister–by Uri Avnery

As a child I was an eye-witness to the last years of the Weimar Republic (so called because its constitution was shaped in Weimar, the town of Goethe and Schiller). As a politically alert boy I witnessed the Nazi Machtergreifung (“taking power”) and the first half a year of Nazi rule.
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US Politics

Rabbi Lerner Speaks in Boston & Cape Cod on Psychodynamics of American Politics

Rabbi Lerner is going to be speaking in Massachusetts the weekend of May 20-22nd, and wants to invite you to come hear him at one of these events!
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War & Peace

Victor Wechsler-Grossman on Refugees–our correspondent from Berlin

The Refugee Crisis WHO IS TO BLAME, May 12 2016   Back in 1963 Bob Dylan (soon to be 75) wrote a bitter song; Pete Seeger also sang it often. It asks, after the death of a young boxer: “Who killed …
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