Poetry & Fiction

Culture

Dr. Seuss’s Progressive Politics

Dr. Seuss was, and remains two decades after his death, the world’s most popular writer of modern children’s books. He wrote and illustrated forty-four children’s books characterized by memorable rhymes, whimsical characters, and exuberant drawings that encouraged generations of children to love reading and expand their vocabularies. But, equally important, he used his pen to encourage youngsters to challenge bullies and injustice. Generations of progressive activists may not trace their political views to their early exposure to Dr. Seuss, but without doubt this shy, brilliant genius played a role in sensitizing them to abuses of power.
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Fiction

The False Bride

Outside of Simon’s office, the hum of angels’ wings moved the air like an evening breeze. The pair, one young and one old — ageless really — but one wise, one unknowing, innocent, rested on the air and waited.
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Poetry

C.K. Williams Receives the Tikkun Award

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams reads “Tar” and “The Day Continues Lovely.”
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Fiction

Tales of Morality and Meaning in an Age of Global Warming

Some years ago I met a man who, over a single cup of ginger-mint tea, shook my deepest assumptions about the process of moral conversation. His name was Samuel Prana.
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Poetry

Devotion: Futurismo

A poem in the Spring 2011 issue of Tikkun.
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Humor

Heaven’s Snake

“Is the cornsnake Jewish?” This was a tough question to answer. I was visiting with the first-grade class taught by my then-girlfriend, who had introduced me to her students as “Farmer Josh” — and then thrust a large-ish cornsnake into my less-than-willing hands.
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Poetry

Snowbound

A poem in the Winter 2011 issue of Tikkun.
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Poetry

Villanelle: Tikkun Olam

A poem from our Winter 2011 issue.
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Poetry

Kavanah

A poem from our Winter 2011 issue.
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Poetry

Poem for Myself for My Birthday

A poem from our Winter 2011 issue.
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Humor

Culture Klatch

My son’s middle school was having a “culture fair” recently, so he asked me for some guidance. His task was to create a display that described his Jewish heritage.
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Humor

Fasting for Tom Zipper

I sent a text to my rabbi, asking whether I would have to give up coffee for Yom Kippur — but my cell phone “corrected” my message, assuming that “Yom Kippur” was my typo-laden attempt to thumb-type “Tom Zipper.” My rabbi texted me back, asking (reasonably enough) why this Tom Zipper fellow would want me to give up coffee.
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Poetry

Rilke’s America

Tell us, poet, what you do—I praise / Only, instead, the grave rasp of Kohelet / praising the dead, which are already dead / more than the living, which are yet alive.
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Humor

How to Have a Civil Conversation About Israel

1. Give up. 2. Devote a large portion of your life to avoiding the subject. 3. Respond to a mid-life crisis by seeking comfort in tradition while at the same time avoiding the constraints of religious practice…
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Poetry

The Day Continues Lovely

A poem from our September/October 2010 issue.
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