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Israel/Palestine

Hamas Used Cover of Israeli Attack on Gaza to Kill 23 Palestinians, says Amnesty
  Editor’s note: We at Tikkun have been unequivocal in our critique of Hamas.  Hamas’ attempts through the summer of 2014 to bomb Israeli cities, thereby targeting civilians, provided the cover for Israel’s war crimes against the people of Gaza …
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Education

Educated Hope and the Promise of Democracy
Educated Hope and the Promise of Democracy[i] by Henry A. Giroux Commencement Speech at Chapman University May 24, 2015—Final Revision   I am very moved and humbled to accept an honorary degree on this important occasion today, and to be …
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Judaism

Shavuot reflections plus Arthur Waskow on Commemorating Memorial Day
Shavuot wisdom from Arthur Waskow: read, Sinai, & Speaking in Tongues:   Ten Notes on Celebrating Shavuot Dear friends, Shavuot, the “Festival of Weeks,” comes this year from Saturday night May 23 through Monday eveningMay 25. Its name refers to the “super-week” of seven weeks after Passover plus one …
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Christianity

Christian reflections on Pentecost
There is much for Jews and people of other faith traditions to admire in Christian spiritual consciousness, once we get past the justifiable pain of how the official versions of Christianity treated us in the past. With Pope Francis embracing …
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Israel/Palestine

Giving Roses to Palestinians in the Old City on Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)
Dateline: Jerusalem, 2015 Giving Roses to Palestinians in the Old City  on “Jerusalem Day” (Yom Yerushalayim) By Jeremy D. Sher I found out about the rose giveaway on Facebook.  We were to meet at Safra Square by Jerusalem City Hall, …
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Spirituality

The Global Spiritual Transformation Already Happening
WORLDWIDE SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION HAPPENING  by allen j. roland, ph.d.     Art design  by Cameron Gray   As Teilhard de Chardin once correctly wrote ~ We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a …
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US Politics

Psychology and the Prevention of War Trauma
Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 2015 ( in press) Psychology and the Prevention of War Trauma: An Article Rejected by American Psychologist by                                       Marc Pilisuk and Ines-Lena Mahr [i] Author Note   Marc …
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Israel/Palestine

Congratulate the Pope for Recognizing Palestine
Jewish liberals and progressives reacted with enthusiasm to the announcement May 13, 2015, that the Vatican will recognize the Palestinian State. Truth is, we have rejoiced in the many steps that Pope Francis has taken to take seriously the biblical …
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Global Capitalism

Theologian Leonardo Boff on How the Culture of Capital is Perpetuated
How the culture of capital is perpetuated Leonardo Boff       Theologian-Philosopher       Earthcharter Commission   In the previous article –The capitalist culture is contrary to life and happiness– we attempted to show theoretically that the strength of its perpetuation and reproduction lies in …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery on Israel’s new Ultra-right Wing Government–will it survive?
Uri Avnery May 9, 2015                                       A Day and Night-mare:  Israel’s New Ultra-Right Wing Government   BINYAMIN NETANYAHU seems to be detested now by everyone. Almost as much as his meddling wife, Sarah’le. Six weeks ago, Netanyahu …
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Israel/Palestine

The New Israeli Government: It’s Worse Than You Think
The new Israeli government is a total victory for the most extreme elements in the extreme Right in Israel. The overtly racist party HaBayit HaYehudi, the party of the West Bank settlers, will control the Justice Dept. , the Education …
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Israel/Palestine

“Fire at Every Person You See”–an order to Israeli soldiers in Gaza last summer
“Fire at every person you see” :  Israeli soldiers reveal they were ordered to shoot to kill in Gaza – even if the targets may have been civilians Israeli campaign group Breaking the Silence interviews more than 60 members of …
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Baltimore Riots Against Police Violence –Tikkun and the Baptist Response
The anger underlying the violence in Baltimore is understandable. Living in neighborhoods where there are no jobs, no quality education, no livable wage, and the resurgence of racism all leads to a sense of hopelessness and despair. “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
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Yearning for a World of Love and Justice–the worldview of Tikkun and our NSP–Network of Spiritual Progressives
Yearning for a World of Love and Justice January 30, 2015 an introduction to the ideas of Tikkun and the NSP–Network of Spiritual Progressives by Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor, Tikkun Magazine and co-chair of the NSP with Vandana Shiva We …
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Judaism

Spend a weekend with Rabbi Lerner and Cat Zavis at ESALEN in Big Sur, California
Come spend a weekend with me (Rabbi Michael Lerner) and Cat Zavis June 12-14 (with a very small group of people).  Cat and I will have just gotten married and will be celebrating our honeymoon at Esalen, in part by …
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Global Capitalism

TPP: Is it possible Obama Doesn’t Realize he is Undermining Democracy?
OBAMA’S DRONE ASSASSINATIONS AND TPP = TOUGH PATOOTIES, PEOPLE       by Allen Roland  Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown have recently sent a letter to President Obama confronting the White House bluntly on the secrecy surrounding the TPP (Trans-Pacific …
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US Politics

Responding to Michael Dyson’s Attack on Cornel West
APRIL 27, 2015 Rethinking Michael Eric Dyson’s Attack on Cornel West The Perils of Being a Public Intellectual by HENRY A. GIROUX Michael Eric Dyson has launched in the New Republic a bitter attack on Cornel West.[1] At the heart of Dyson’s critique …
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The World Happiness Report
  The Path to Happiness: Lessons from the 2015 World Happiness Report by Jeffrey Sachs April 23, 2015 Getting richer but not happier: It’s a familiar story, for people and for nations. The purpose of the World Happiness Report, now in …
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US Politics

Only a sweeping Constitutional Amendment Can Save the Environment–Here IT IS
A Real Solution to Environmental Sustainability by Rabbi Michael Lerner   Only a sweeping Constitutional amendment can save us from a global environmental disaster beyond our imagination. It’s time to sweep aside all the illusions: * The illusion that the …
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Judaism

A Post-Colonial Feminist Look at the Exodus by Margot Stevenson
  “Horse and Rider He has Thrown into the Sea” : A Post-Colonial Feminist Look at the Exodus by Margot Stevenson *************************************************************************************** The Exodus story, which is at the center of the Passover Seder, recounts the liberation of the Israelites …
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Israel/Palestine

Calling for a boycott of goods from the Israeli settlers is now against Israeli law
Uri Avnery April 18, 2015                                “There Are Still Judges…”                                            THIS WEEK I won a dubious distinction: a groundbreaking Supreme Court judgment has been named after me. It is an honor I would have gladly …
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War & Peace

This time it is not Israel responsible for Palestinian suffering–see the situation in Yarmouk, Syria
Palestinians trapped dying in Yarmouk, Syria – a test for the left If, as progressives, we truly care about injustices done to Palestinians, if our goal as leftists goes beyond expressing fury toward Israel, we must raise our voices every …
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War & Peace

Islamic State Is the Cancer of Modern Capitalism by Nafeez Ahmed
Islamic State is the Cancer of Modern Capitalism    Nafeez Ahmed March 27, 2015 Middle East Eye The brutal ‘Islamic State’ is a symptom of a deepening crisis of civilisation premised on fossil fuel addiction, which is undermining Western hegemony …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery from Tel Aviv: So What if the Iranians Got Nuclear Weapons?
Editor’s Note: This thought experiment by Uri Avnery raises an important question for all those who are driven by fear of Iran having nuclear weapons, a fear that seems to increase precisely when Iran is negotiating a path to assure the …
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War & Peace

Why the Nuclear Agreement with Iran is a Good Deal
 A Good Deal, a Long Time Coming  by Scott Ritter Posted: 04/02/2015 7:29 pm EDT Updated: 2 hours ago The deal recently concluded between Iran and the so-called “P-5 plus 1″ nations (the United States, Great Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany) is …
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US Politics

Henry Giroux on Hysterical Authoritarianism: Terrorism, Violence and the Culture of Madness
Editor’s Note: Henry Giroux’s picture of America presents a society that would be rather depressing if it were the whole picture. What it leaves out is the irrepressible desire of human beings to live in a world of love and …
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Israel/Palestine

“Let the Palestinian People Go”: What Younger Jews Will Be Asking of Israel at Passover Seder This Year
What makes this year’s Passover Seders unlike any others is that a majority of American Jews have been forced to face the fact that Palestinians today are asking Jews what Moses asked Pharaoh: “Let my people go.” The Israeli elections, and subsequent support for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s open racism and obstinate refusal to help create a Palestinian state, is not playing well with many younger Jews, and they will be challenging their elders to rethink their blind support for Israeli policies.
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Israel/Palestine

The Militarists and Haters Win in Israel
Being a militarist and racist state will not help win Israel any friends around the world, and in the not-too-long-run it will weaken Israel's support in the United States both among Americans in general and in particular among young Jews.
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Israel/Palestine

A Palestinian is “Relieved” that Netanyahu Won–it Helps BDS
ALI ABUNIMAH’S BLOG Why I’m relieved Netanyahu won Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Wed, 03/18/2015 – 12:59 netanyahu-congress.jpg Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to the US Congress, 3 March. (Caleb Smith/Flickr) Many had hoped that Benjamin Netanyahu would be defeated in yesterday’s Israeli election. …
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Israel/Palestine

Still Crying in Gaza’s Wilderness by James S. Gordon, M.D.
Still Crying in Gaza’s Wilderness James S. Gordon, M.D. Raed Taleb-Gdeh’s narrow, tired face is looking up into mine. His long nose is inches from my own, but he is shouting. “I believe in the prophets Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed! …
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US Politics

By Separating Nature from Economics, we have walked blindly into tragedy– by Jeffrey Sachs
By separating nature from economics, we have walked blindly into tragedy Jeffrey Sachs           March 10, 2015 Recent news brings yet another example of hubris followed by crisis followed by tragedy. The hubris is our ongoing neglect …
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Truthdig chooses Rabbi Lerner as “Truthdigger” of the Week
Every week the Truthdig editorial staff selects a Truthdigger of the Week, a group or person worthy of recognition for speaking truth to power, breaking the story or blowing the whistle. Read why this week they chose our own Rabbi Michael Lerner!
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Benjamin Netanyahu’s Fantasy World: A response to Netanyahu’s address to Congress
You can read this online on Huffington Post’s home page Tuesday evening, March 3rd, here. Benjamin Netanyahu’s Fantasy World by Rabbi Michael Lerner “If you take out Saddam, Saddam’s regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on …
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War & Peace

Why Netanyahu is the Right Man to Address the U.S. Congress on Iran–by Yakov M. Rabkin
by Yakov M. Rabkin, Netanya, Israel, March 2, 2015 Israel’s Prime Minister is well-placed to explain to the U.S. Congress the alleged danger of a nuclear Iran. After all, it was Israel and its allies in Washington who fabricated this …
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Judaism

Revenge–the Unconscious Subtext of the Scroll of Purim by Michael Kagan, Jerusalem
Revenge – the Unscrolling of Purim MICHAEL KAGAN February 24, 2015,  (reprinted with permission from The Times of Israel) Michael Kagan Michael Kagan is the author of the Holistic Haggadah (Urim), God’s Prayer (Albion-Andalus) and The King’s Messenger (Albion-Andalus Books)… [More] …
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US Politics

NO, Mr. Netanyahu! We Will NOT Let You Drag the U.S. Into a Proxy War for Israel Against Iran — Sign the NY Times Ad
We invite you to sign and contribute financial support to make this New York Times ad possible (go to tikkun.org/peaceproject to sign and donate to make this ad possible). Would you join us as a signer of the proposed full-page …
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Spirituality

Between Madness and Truth
  Between Madness and Truth:   What our inner trickster can teach us. From HaAretz By Gabriel Bukobza Our socialization requires that we tame our impulses, but we pay a price for this suppression. That’s why cultures have created characters that …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery on the Israel Elections in March
Uri Avnery February 7, 2015                                                             Over Bottled EVERYBODY KNOWS what the Israeli elections are about. The choice is stark: on the one side, the dream of a Greater Israel “from the sea to the river”, …
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War & Peace

Meet Violence with Love
Love can triumph–but only if we militantly pursue a society based on love. By militantly I mean, without apology and without self-doubt, but fully committed to changing every economic, political and social institution with The New Bottom Line: love, kindness, …
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US Politics

Yitzhak Frankenthal–an evening with the courageous creator of the Bereaved Parents in Jerusalem
My name is Yitzhak Frankenthal, and I’m a religious, Israeli Zionist. On July 1994 my eldest son Arik died in combat with Hamas. Since then I have worked to promote peace and reconciliation. In early 1995 I was chosen as …
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Yearning for a World of Love and Justice
an introduction to the ideas of Tikkun and the NSP–Network of Spiritual Progressives by Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor, Tikkun Magazine and co-chair of the NSP with Vandana Shiva We live in a world filled with loving and caring people. We …
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Islam

Updated version of Mourning the Parisian “Humorists” Yet Challenging the Hypocrisy of Western Media
Mourning the Parisian “Humorists” Yet Challenging the Hypocrisy of Western Media by Rabbi Michael Lerner   As the editor of a progressive Jewish and interfaith magazine that has often articulated views that have prompted condemnation from both Right and Left, …
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Race

The Tragedy of Selma
The Tragedy of “Selma” URL: http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/selma-is-a-brilliant-riveting-film-but-racism-is-still-a-powerful-force-in-the-us STEVEN JONAS FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT (Photo: Peter Pettus)   The “Tragedy of Selma?” you might ask.  Wasn’t it a triumph for the civil rights movement?  Did it not lead to further advances in that struggle?  And if you are …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avneri on What Is Zionism?
Uri Avnery January 31, 2015                                       Zionists All   MANY TIMES people ask me: “Are you a Zionist?”   My stock answer is: “Depends on what you mean by Zionism.”   This is quite sincere. The …
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Race

Reflections on the Movie “Selma”
Thoughts about the greatness of Selma, truth, black and white unity, King and the clamor of racist patriarchs…  by Alan Gilbert     The movie “Selma,” directed by Ava DuVernay, is a subtle, restrained account of a period of  the most …
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Culture

Chris Hedges on the movie “American Sniper”
Editor’s note: While we at Tikkun do not feel it fair to blame Christianity or imply that all Christians somehow implicitly support the kind of Christianity that leads some American Christians to feel that their murdering of Arabs or Muslims …
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Christianity

Re-inventing the Church by Berit Kjos
Below I’m presenting the view of what I take to be a reactionary writer who resists all the changes that have taken place in the Christian world’s thinking in the past 150 years. What I find intriguing is that her …
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US Politics

Internship with Rabbi Lerner at Tikkun
  Heal and Transform the World INTERNSHIP with Tikkun Magazine and the NSP interfaith and secular-humanist and atheist-welcoming Network of Spiritual Progressives a few blocks from the UC Berkeley Campus.   Are you worried about climate change and upset about …
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Environment

Environmental Crisis Puts Human Life on Earth at Risk
The ESRA–Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the US Constitution could provide the most effective way to block this environmental destructiveness. Please check it out at www.tikkun.org/esra Environment Rate of environmental degradation puts life on Earth at risk, say scientists …
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Islam

Tariq Ali: France Tries to Hide Its Islamophobia Behind Secular Values
‘France Tries To Mask Its Islamophobia Behind Secular Values’ The Pakistan-born British commentator seldom minces words. PRANAY SHARMA INTERVIEWS TARIQ ALI   Pakistan-born British commentator Tariq Ali seldom minces words. As a political activist, journalist, writer and film-maker, he has cou­rted controversy and ruffled …
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