Editorials & Actions

Judaism

Planting the Seed of Eternity

Planting the Seed of Eternity: A Meditation on Rosh Hashanah & Our Planet By Rabbi David Seidenberg On Rosh Hashanah, after every time we hear the sound of the shofar, we call out the words, Hayom harat olam. This expression …
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climate

The Climate March Was Great. Now What?

Hundreds of thousands of us marched against climate change Sunday to emphasize to the political leaders of the world assembling at the UN in the next few days that this is an issue of intense concern for the people of the world. We demand action, not just pious statements of concern!
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Environment

Please Come to the Citizens’ Climate March Sept 21 in NYC

  Dear friends, The People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21, in New York City will be the largest demonstration yet for climate sanity. We hope you can join us there that day. Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) have been working in …
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US Politics

The Myth of American Exceptionalism by Stephen Walt

Editor’s Note: Stephen Walt wrote this piece in 2011, but it is just as relevant today as Americans are lining up for yet another war. What Walt misses, in my view, is that many Americans are motivated by a genuine …
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US Politics

Denying Palestinians Their Humanity: A Response to Elie Wiesel by Sara Roy

Denying Palestinians Their Humanity A Response to Elie Wiesel by SARA ROY Mr. Wiesel, I read your statement about Palestinians, which appeared in The New York Times on August 4th. I cannot help feeling that your attack against Hamas and stunning accusations of …
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US Politics

Alon Gotstein responds to Archbishop Tutu about Palestine and Gaza

Editor’s Note: Although I believe that it is Alon Gottstein, not Tutu, who has no willingness to honestly confront the history and present reality of Israel, I believe that the deepest truths emerge from the intellectual struggle between different perspectives and …
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True Wisdom From West Bank Palestinians

Editor’s note: Sami Awad’s statement below provides an immediate and clear answer to those who think that there are no Palestinians with whom Israelis could work to build the preconditions for peace between Israel and Palestine. Awad’s endorsement of Tikkun‘s book Embracing …
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What to Do About ISIS

Start by recognizing where ISIS came from. The U.S. and its junior partners destroyed Iraq, left a sectarian division, poverty, desperation, and an illegitimate government in Baghdad that did not represent Sunnis or other groups. Then the U.S. armed and trained ISIS and allied groups in Syria.
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War & Peace

From Just War to Just Peace–a message from progressive Catholics

From Just War to Just Peace: The Time Is Now “Those who use the sword are sooner or later destroyed by it.” – Matthew 27:52   “If we cannot know from the New Testament that Christ totally rejects violence, then …
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US Politics

Cornel West on Obama, Hillary, Ferguson and mroe

Exclusive: Cornel West talks Ferguson, Hillary, MSNBC — and unloads on the failed promise of Barack Obama an interview by THOMAS FRANK in Salon.com Cornel West teaches at Union Theological Seminary and is the author of Race Matters and (with Rabbi Michael …
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Israel/Palestine

Holocaust Survivors Take Ad in NY Times to Condemn Israeli Assault on Gaza

In a letter published today in The New York Times as an advertisement, 40 survivors of Nazi genocide and hundreds of their children are publicly deploring ”the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza,” Israel’s ongoing occupation, and the troubling rise of systemic racism. The letter, a …
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Israel/Palestine

Lev Grinberg on why Israel needs A New Model for dealing with Palestine

A New Model Required Lev Grinberg* The Israeli government has drawn the IDF and the whole country into an unprecedented complicated situation that the country has seen since the disengagement. This is due to a fundamental misunderstanding:  the model of …
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War & Peace

Focus on the Peacemakers–Thoughts About World War One

The Search for Peace During World War One:  by Neil Hollander A hundred years ago, just after the First World War began, the Danish anti-war film, Lay Down Your Arms, had its world premiere in New York. The film was …
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US Politics

Honoring the Animals With Whom We Share This Planet

Editor’s note: Thanks to Rabbi David Seidenberg for developing this ritual. I would only add one thing: another way to show caring for the animals with whom we share this rapidly shrinking planet is to NOT EAT THEM!–Rabbi Michael Lerner …
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Israel/Palestine

Former Israeli soldier Idan Barir on Why It’s Hard to Believe Israel’s Claim That It Did Its Best to Minimize Civilian Deaths

Why It’s Hard to Believe Israel’s Claim That It Did Its Best to Minimize Civilian Deaths Among the difficult reports streaming in from Gaza over the past few weeks, two especially painful events have captured my attention. The first was …
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