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The strength of the lowly: the Theology of Liberation by Leonardo Boff
Note from Tikkun Staff: The strength of the lowly: the Theology of Liberation L Leonardo Boff    Theologian-Philosopher       Earthcharter Commission     Whenever a World Social Forum is celebrated, a World Forum of the Theology of Liberation is also …
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US Politics

Thanksgiving 2017: How to be More Effective at a Thanksgiving Gathering
Ever had a frustrating experience on Thanksgiving with friends or family? Your progressive ideas are dismissed as unrealistic or seem to offend people? Here are some tips on how to navigate that at your Thanksgiving table 2017. First, remember that …
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US Politics

ESRA–the Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Full Text of the ESRA   [Note: the Constitution does not specify the length or form of Constitutional Amendments. With reactionary forces re-interpreting the Constitution to make corporations a person with rights while dismantling equal rights legislation when it applies to …
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US Politics

The Republican Tax Cuts Could Bankrupt Our Country
Dear senators: Don’t bankrupt our country Jeffrey Sachs     ||     November 20, 2017     ||     CNN Jeffrey Sachs is a professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. The opinions expressed in this commentary are …
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US Politics

Thanksgiving Mythology and Reality
The Thanksgiving Myth by Cliff DuRand [This talk was given at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel of Allende, November 23, 2008] In many ways the Thanksgiving celebration is a unique festivity. As harvest festivals go it’s not particularly unusual: …
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War & Peace

Saudis Can’t Win Their War in Yemen
Saudi Arabia is embroiled in a war in Yemen that it can’t win. Saudi Arabia seems to have bitten off more than it can chew in Yemen. On March 26, 2015, the kingdom launched Operation Decisive Storm, a broad Arab-Islamic …
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War & Peace

EU Member States Take a Major Step Toward a European Arm
EU member states take major step toward a European army By Peter Schwarz 14 November 2017 The European Union has taken a major step toward developing the capacity to wage war in the future independently of and, if necessary, against …
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Global Capitalism

A Note From Germany
FROM GENDER TO JAMAICA by Victor Grossman, Tikkun’s Berlin Correspondant   It didn’t affect many people directly, but even small victories are welcome these days. Germany’s Constitutional Court just ruled that no-one should be forced to declare themselves officially male …
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US Politics

Sodomites in our own time
Rabbi Rothbaum presents a humorous yet actually very serious account of what it means to be a Sodomite today. Though we in the liberal and progressive world might immediately identify his description with the policies of the Trump Administration and …
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Activism

Watch this video of Rabbi Lerner at Brooklyn College
The President of Medgar Evers College invited Rabbi Lerner, editor of Tikkun, to speak to their faculty and students about the struggle for social justice. And the President of Brooklyn College invited Rabbi Lerner to speak to the faculty and student …
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War & Peace

North Korea: A Logical Path to Peace
  Jonathan Granoff, President Global Security Institute, UN Representative of the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates, and Ambassador for Peace, Security and Nuclear Disarmament of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Chair of the International Law Section of the …
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Interfaith

Christian Theologian Gregory Baum 1923-2017 z’l –a great friend of the Jewish people
Tikkun author Gregory Baum was a powerful Catholic force for reconciliation and care between Catholics and Jews. We at Tikkun mourn his death. When the rabbis of the Mishnah wrote that the righteous of all people and all religions have …
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Culture

Eduardo Galeano: A Visit to Heaven and Hell
Tikkun is proud to share with our community excepts from Eduardo Galeano’s last book (Hunter of Stories). Galeano was widely recognized as one of Latin America’s most distinguished writers. A Visit to Heaven and Hell  Mapping Planet Earth  By Eduardo Galeano …
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Israel/Palestine

On Balfour’s 100th Anniversary, Time for a New Definition of Sovereignty, Independence and the Nation-State
  On Balfour’s 100th Anniversary, Time for a New Definition of Sovereignty, Independence and the Nation-State   by  Mark LeVine and Mathias Mossberg   November 2nd marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the letter from Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Lord Arthur James …
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Christianity

The Significance of Martin Luther
Editor’s Note: We at Tikkun wish to join our allies in the Lutheran Church and other Protestants who are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant reformation which began with Martin Luther. At the same time, we are …
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War & Peace

Tom Engelhardt on Osama bin Laden’s America
Osama Bin Laden’s America  Niger, 9/11, and Apocalyptic Humiliation By Tom Engelhardt Honestly, if there’s an afterlife, then the soul of Osama bin Laden, whose body wasconsigned to the waves by the U.S. Navy back in 2011, must be swimming happily with …
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War & Peace

How America Spreads Global Chaos
  Editor’s Note: The day before Haloween it’s traditional to focus on witches and goblins and walking skeletons and other scary things. None of those things can compare with the scare we can get by looking at the role the …
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US Politics

The (still) Hidden Injuries of Class
The (still) Hidden Injuries of Class by Rabbi Michael Lerner IT’S NO SECRET that the past several decades have witnessed growing economic inequality and deepening economic insecurity for a very large section of working people both in the U.S. and other …
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Questioning Everything
Editor’s Note: We at Tikkun are committed to building a world of love, kindness, generosity, environmental sanity, economic and political justice, and awe and wonder at the grandeur of the universe. Yet we know how easy it is for people …
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Islam

In France,another distortion of Islam:anti-Semitism and Family Violence
Editor’s note: though stories of this sort are used to foster Islamophobia, Tikkun insists that our readers be aware of the ongoing racism against Jews that is fostered by some in the name of Islam just as we insist that …
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US Politics

Corporate Tax Cut Propaganda …. by Jeffrey Sachs
Corporate tax cut propaganda Jeffrey D. Sachs        October 20, 2017 The White House is selling a tax cut designed for the rich as a boost for the working class. Cut taxes on capital, the White House claims, …
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Economy/Poverty/Wealth

Discrimination Against Black Workers
Los Angeles Black Worker Center October 5, 2017 Discrimination has created a crisis in the Black community. Although the passage of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act forbids racial discrimination in the workplace, black workers continue to face higher …
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Islam

Islam and anti-Semitism?
Muslims must address ancient texts usurped for anti-Semitism by Dr. Junaid Jahangir I came across a swastika and a “Death to Israel” sign in my latest visit to Pakistan. This is not news to me, as I have heard Friday …
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US Politics

The Torah heading of Noach from Rabbi Zalman Kastel
Seeing and not seeing  (through the prism of  Noah and the Ark) Reflections on my trip to family in New York – Noach   I’m sitting on a flight back home from New York with my young son. Last night …
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Live in NYC or Rockland County? You’re invited!
You are invited a series of events when Rabbi Lerner speaks in NYC and Rockland County!  The President of Brooklyn College has invited him to make a major address Thursday Oct 19 in the series she set up in response …
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Israel/Palestine

Are Jewish Students Facing Anti-Semitism or Intimidation on College Campuses?
    A new study published by Stanford University reveals that Jewish students feel safer on university campuses when they refuse to conflate their Jewish identities with unequivocal support for the State of Israel. By Oren Kroll-Zeldin Members of Students for Justice …
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Judaism

Homo Moralis
HOMO MORALIS A Review of Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow Barry L. Schwartz      A child asked his mother, “Where do people come from?” “Well,” the mother said, …
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Israel/Palestine

Thinking about Israel’s Murdered Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by Uri Avnery
It was in the 1950s. The war between David Ben-Gurion and Ha’olam Hazeh,” the weekly magazine of which I was the editor, reached its peak. One day I went to swim at the Galei Gil pool at the entrance to …
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US Politics

Noam Chomsky on The Trump Presidency
(Editor’s note: Noam Chomsky at 89 is one of the great gifts to all of us who seek a world of peace and justice. Thanks to our media ally TomDispatch.com for sharing this with Tikkun magazine and the Network of Spiritual Progressives and …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel, Stop Selling Arms to Myanamar
Editor’s Note: While we agree strongly with the author of the letter to us below that it is tragedy that Israel continues to supply arms to Myanamar, we disagree with the premise that Israel is a “democratic country” as long …
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US Politics

Fighting Racism and Hate
  A lesson from Germany on eradicating a legacy of hate   by Martha Minow   EDU BAYER/THE NEW YORK TIMESA white nationalist carries a Nazi flag during a protest in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12. By Martha Minow   SEPTEMBER 29, 201 …
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Spirituality

The World Needs Repentance
Notes from the Jewish tradition that may be helpful to people in every tradition and to people who need to connect to ancient spiritual wisdom WHAT MAKES THE Jewish approach to repentance and atonement relevant to North American and global …
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War & Peace

Trump on the Warpath by Jeffrey Sachs
Trump on the Warpath Jeffrey Sachs     ||     Sep 27, 2017     ||     Project Syndicate  The US suffers from an arrogance of military power disconnected from today’s geopolitical realities. The US is on this path again, …
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Global Capitalism

Merkel Clobbered While Rightists Threat Grows
[Editor's note: the rise of the racist Right in Germany in the Sept. 2017 election once again demonstrates the weakness of a centrist politics whose only holy principle is compromise in order to get or hold power. Just as in …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel, Palestine and the Kurds
I cannot remember saying anything positive about Netanyahu in the past few decades, but in the case of the Kurds, I must acknowledge that he is finally doing something decent by supporting Kurdish independence. Yes, it may be for the …
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US Politics

Cherie Brown on Fighting Racism
FIRST DAY of ROSH HASHANAH TALK BY CHERIE R BROWN SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 It is an honor for me to be speaking today.  When David called me shortly after the events in Charlottesville and asked me to try and say …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery Calls out “An Authentic Jewish Fascist”
(Editor’s Note: Tikkun does not have enough staff to verify claims made by our authors on our website. So we have to trust the research done by our writers. In the case of Uri Avnery, the leader of the Jewish …
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Israel/Palestine

Arthur Waskow on Israel’s Multiple Denials of Human Rights
My Qualms and Self-Correction “Tshuvah: Till by Turning, Turning, We Come Round Right”  I have been having qualms about some aspects of what I wrote a few days ago in response to Rabbis Marc Angel’s and Uri Regev’s open letter …
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Many Americans Know Little About Constitutional Rights
(Editor’s note: All too often, people in the liberal and progressive world scorn those Americans who know little about their Constitutional rights or the rights of others. But actually it is more appropriate to respond with outrage at an educational …
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US Politics

A 99% Manifesto in honor or the Anniversary of the Occupy Movement
A 99% Manifesto Dan Brook     A specter is haunting America and the world; the specter of gross inequality. The inequality is economic, to be sure, but also social, political, racial, sexual, educational, medical, occupational, gastronomical, geographical, and otherwise. …
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US Politics

How to Read Donald Trump
(Editor’s Note: Ariel Dorfman has been sharing his writing with Tikkun for several decades, so it is a joy to share this latest article, via our media allyTomDispatch.com . Dorfman was one of those profound thinkers who worked with the democratically …
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Environment

The Real Homeland Security Threat
[Editor's note: if after reading Juan Cole's article below you feel a desire to do something, join the Network of Spiritual Progressives at www.spiritualprogressives.org and  become active with us in seeking endorsements for the most comprehensive approach to stopping corporate …
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Israel/Palestine

A Note from Israeli Gush Shalom peace movement leader Uri Avnery
Uri Avnery September 9, 2017   A Confession   TODAY IS the last day of the 93rd year of my life. Ridiculous.   Am I moderately satisfied with my life until now? Yes. I am.   If by a miracle …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel Update mid September 2017
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 An enemy image is a vital munition of war 1) A shooting in Hebron shakes the Israeli society The following article is due to be published in German by Internationaler Versoehnungsbund, the Austrian branch of the …
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Judaism

High Holidays with Rabbi Michael Lerner & Beyt Tikkun
The spiritual task of the ten days that start the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Wednesday Sept. 20 (10 days from now) and continue to its climax on Yom Kippur is to delve seriously into what changes we need in the …
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War & Peace

The U.S. Military Role in the World
  (Editor’s Note: This article, coming to us from our media ally TomDispatch.com, should give us some perspective on the U.S. military role in the world. Perhaps it might even awaken us to another important question: why exactly are we …
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US Politics

Ralph Nader on the Republicans and Dems
[Editor's Note: I still wish Nader had taken my advice in 2000 and told his voters in states where the election was close to not vote for him but vote instead for Nader. I also urged him to introduce spiritual …
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War & Peace

What the Media isn’t Telling You About North Korea Missile Tests
[Editor's Note: We Americans have barely a clue about the mischief the U.S. military has been up to for most of the past decades. It has often been provocative when it hasn't gone the full length of military interventions, sometimes …
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US Politics

We can’t transform American politics till we understand the psychodynamics at play
I’m republishing this article I wrote a few months before the 2016 election because it contains an analysis which is absolutely essential for anyone who wishes to participate in transforming American political, economic, social, cultural and intellectual reality. Some of …
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US Politics

Berkeley needs a Non-Violent Containment Squad by Jo Freeman
What Berkeley needs is a Non-Violent Containment Squad November 20, 1964: March to Regents’ Meeting; L to R: Mona Hutchin, Ron Anastasi, … John Leggett, John Searle, Michael Rossman, Jack Weinberg, Sallie Shawl, Mario Savio, Ken Cloke. Bob Johnson photo ©FSM Archives …
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