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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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Peace Rally in Tel Aviv draws thousands, Eyeless in Gaza by Uri Avnery, and Gush Shalom, chair of the Israeli peace movement
Editor’s Note: For those who think all Israelis are rallying around the war efforts of the Netanyahu government, the big peace rally Saturday night in Tel Aviv comes as an important corrective! See the stories below. Also, please read Uri Avnery’s article …
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Judaism

Israeli Extremists Protest Marriage of a Jewish Woman Who Converted to Islam to Marry Her Arab Husband
Demonstrators face off outside Jewish-Arab wedding Some 200 right-wing protesters demonstrated against what they called ‘assimilation in the Holy Land.’ A counter-demonstration was held by the entrance to the hall. By Ilan Lior | Aug. 18, 2014 | 10:55 AM  RELATED ARTICLES Where …
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Israel/Palestine

Lack of Balance in Critiquing Israel and Hamas?
Lack of Balance in Critiquing Israel vs. Hamas? by Mike Merryman-Lotze August 11 Over the last month, as I have posted my comments and thoughts about what is happening in Gaza on Facebook a number of people have accused me …
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War & Peace

Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Deception by Jeffrey D. Sachs
Editor’s Note: We at Tikkun oppose military solutions to the world’s problems. Please read our proposed Global Marshall Plan at www.tikkun.org/gmp. –Rabbi Michael Lerner Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Deception   Jeffrey D. Sachs August 13, 2014 It’s said that the …
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Israel/Palestine

The P Word a poem by Abby Caplin
“The P Word”   See, I had a hard time writing the word Palestinian. It stops civil discourse for Jews. To say the “P” word during war, means you are a traitor.   In a recent short at the Jewish …
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Israel/Palestine

Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel
If we act from a loving and generous place, seeking to overcome behaviors that were previously perceived as disrespectful and humiliating, then the icebergs of anger and hate (some of which our behavior helped to create) can melt away and people's hearts can once again turn toward love and justice for all.
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Israel/Palestine

Barbarity in Gaza by Gideon Levy
Israel’s Barbarity in Gaza by Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy On Saturday morning the Palestinian Health Ministry phoned A. from Rafah and asked him to open his vegetable refrigeration room. The idea was to make room for dozens of bodies piling …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery August 1 on Gaza war
Uri Avnery August 1, 2014 Meeting in a Tunnel THERE WAS this village in England which took great pride in its archery. In every yard there stood a large target board showing the skills of its owner. On one of …
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Judaism

Rabbi Nilton Bonder Remembers Zalman Schachter Shalomi
Pardes in Rio Rabbi Nilton Bonder on Zalman Schachter Shalomi Ben Azai gazed and died. Ben Zoma gazed, and lost his mind…. Bonder gazed, and lost his job RebZalman entered, and exited in peace. December of 1987, Reb Zalman came …
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Israel/Palestine

US condemns shelling of UN school in Gaza but restocks Israeli ammuniton
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/us-firm-condemnation-shelling-un-school-gaza US condemns shelling of UN school in Gaza but restocks Israeli ammunition The United States issued a firm condemnation of the shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza that killed at least 16 Palestinians on Wednesday, but also confirmed it restocked …
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Israel/Palestine

Conf Call with Sami Awad, plus Rabbi Seidernbeg on Jewish Ethics in GAZA, Noa Israeli singer, and Peter Beinart on the Myths about Gaza
ALERT: Conference Call with Sami Awad from Palestine this coming Monday, August 4 on the Israel/Gaza War. Sami Awad is the Executive Director of Holy Land Trust (HLT), a Palestinian non-profit organization which he founded in 1998 in Bethlehem. HLT works with …
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Culture

Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye
Kindness Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must …
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Israel/Palestine

David Grossman on An Israel Without Illusions
JERUSALEM —  Israelis and Palestinians are imprisoned in what seems increasingly like a hermetically sealed bubble. Over the years, inside this bubble, each side has evolved sophisticated justifications for every act it commits. Israel can rightly claim that no country in …
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Israel/Palestine

Gaza, Israel, and Genocide by Akbar Arman
Editor’s Note: I find it disturbing that writers like this find a need to describe Israel’s immoral assault on the Gazan people as “genocide.”  What Israel is doing is bad enough without trying to fit it into a category which …
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Islam

Is Blasphemy Punishable by Death in Islam?
Is Blaspheme Punishable by Death in Islam? 5/7/2011 By: Dr. Aslam Abdullah IslamiCity* -   There is nothing in the Quran or the authentic teachings of Prophet Muhammad justifying the killing of people for opposing, criticizing, humiliating or showing irreverence toward holy personages, …
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US Politics

Prayer for Peace
A Prayer for Peace Avinu ve’ emoteynu sheh ba shamayim, tzur Yisra’el ve’ go’aloe Our Father and Mother energies in the cosmos, the rock of Israel and our salvation Bless all the peoples of the Middle East with peace, security, …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel: STOP the Invasion and Bombing of Gaza, and Let the Palestinian Prisoners Go
This article can be read on the home page of Huffington Post as it appears Friday morning, July 18. Israel: Stop the Invasion of Gaza, Stop the Bombing of Gaza, Free the Palestinian Prisoners According to Ha’aretz correspondent Amira Hass, the IDF has …
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Israel/Palestine

Each Person a Full World
Each one is a world 7:34pm We were sitting at Lincoln Park in West Seattle, with a handful of friends who had gathered for a picnic potluck, awaiting others who would be joining us shortly. A Facebook message came through on …
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Israel/Palestine

Hamas Must Stop Attempting to Bomb Israel
Hamas is “objectively even if not subjectively” the best friend of the Israeli settlers, right-wing Israeli extremists, and the Netanyahu government. Hamas leaders know very well that their bombs are not getting through Israel’s missile shield. There is no possible …
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Israel/Palestine

Netanyahu Says NO to Independent Palestinian State; Israeli Dharma Group Confronts Israeli Settlers’ Arrogance and Violence
Editor’s note: We got this article (printed below) from the Times of Israel, in which Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu fully reveals that he never intended and never will negotiate an independent Palestinian state. To some this is shocking news and all …
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US Politics

Refusing Sanctuary to Children in Need
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20140629-refusing-sanctuary-to-children-in-need.ece Refusing sanctuary to children in need Exactly 75 years and one month ago the St. Louis, a German trans-Atlantic liner carrying 938 Jewish refugees, was turned away from the United States, forced to return to Europe. U.S. law didn’t …
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Israel/Palestine

Women Rising in the Middle East
Women Rising for the Middle East, in solidarity with Zahira and the women of ME Dearest Zahira, dearest Wise Women of our Circle, First, Zahira, thank you for connecting with all of us as the unbearable situation unfolds in Palestine …
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Israel/Palestine

End the Violence in Israel/Palestine: Cease Fire NOW!
Once again the violence of the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza and the violence of Hamas and other extremist groups in Gaza have combined to create a spiraling violence that serves the extremists on …
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Judaism

Remembering Reb Zalman–Members of our Tikkun Community Share Their Memories
A variety of Memories of Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi (z’l). We invited people in the Tikkun community to share some memories of their personal connections to Zalman. We cannot publish them all—so many hundreds of people pouring out their wonderful …
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Israel/Palestine

Israeli Lies to Justify Attacks on Hamas Exposed (sadly) Plus more on the War Israel is Waging Against Palestinians
Editor’s Note: The following article from The Forward by JJ Goldberg tells us how the Israeli government lied about what it knew and when it knew it, and about how it manipulated reports of the circumstances of the kidnapping and murders …
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Israel/Palestine

What the Newspapers Don’t Reveal About the Lynch Mentality Spreading Through Israel
Jerusalem Light Rail Train Amjad Shbita, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, an activist in the Israeli Hadash-Maki party (Jewish and Palestinian socialists), who has also worked at the Knesset as a parliamentary assistant, introduces this harrowing account on Facebook by asking a …
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Israel/Palestine

Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi: The Holy Cobbler with a Secret
  Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi: The Holy Cobbler with a Secret   ….an essay by Shaul Magid The day Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi left this world I happened to be mostly in transit. I took two books with me for the day; …
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Israel/Palestine

Israeli Vengeance Runs Wild–Violating Torah law and International Law
“Thou Shall NOT Take Vengeance” is a key law of Torah, but it is being ignored in Israel today both by the government and by significant parts of the people of the State of Israel (read Chemi Shalev’s article and …
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Judaism

On the Death of Zalman Schachter Shalomi, z’l: A Great Jewish Teacher and the Founder of the Jewish Renewal Movement
Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, and one of the most creative and impactful Jewish theologians of the last forty years, died today. I write with tears in my eyes and love in my heart for …
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US Politics

Noam Chomsky on America’s Real Foreign Policy
America’s Real Foreign Policy: Global Corporatization by Force Whose security is the U.S. military and foreign service protecting? by Noam Chomsky US soldiers participating in live fire drills during NATO training in Germany. (Photo: flickr / cc / MATEUS_27:24&25)The question of …
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Israel/Palestine

Mourning for the Three Murdered Israeli Teens
We at Tikkun are in mourning for the three teens murdered in the West Bank. We find this act painful and outrageous. There can be no excuse for this kind of act. And we know that the revenge/retaliation acts of …
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Israel/Palestine

Free the Kidnapped Israeli Teens
Free the Kidnapped Israeli Teens By Rabbi Michael Lerner Kidnapping anyone, anytime is always a violation of a basic human right. But is even more outrageous when done to children or teens who are particularly vulnerable. So it is with shock and outrage that we at Tikkun …
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Israel/Palestine

The Blind Alley of J Street and Liberal American Zionism: A Critique by Abba A. Solomon and Norman Solomon
Editor’s Note: Tikkun supports J Street, Americans for Peace Now, Jewish Voice for Peace, Rabbis for Human Rights, the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives, and any other organization that is vigorously and non-violently working to end the Occupation of the …
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Oliver Stone on Meeting Mikhail Gorbachev
Introduction from Peter Gabel: The situation in Ukraine remains extremely unstable with pro-Russian separatists still engaged in some street battles with the Ukraine army and the Kiev leadership holding “peace talks” with very limited participation from the pro-Russian sector. Meanwhile, …
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israel

Obstacles to a Just and Sustainable Peace Agreement
It will be no surprise to Tikkun readers to note that we have been strongly critical of the Occupation of the West Bank and its treatment of the Palestinian people. Nevertheless, as I’ve explained in detail in Embracing Israel/Palestine (www.tikkun.org/EIP), we view …
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Judaism

Special Seder Messages for Passover
Tikkun’s supplement to the traditional Passover Seder Haggadah is not just for Jews—it will move spiritual progressives both secular and religious. Please feel free to read it and make copies of it for your own use! As we’ve said in …
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War & Peace

Uri Avnery on Crimea, Ukraine, Putin and the Nazis
Uri Avnery March 21, 2014 A Hundred Years Later THERE IS an old Chinese curse that says: “May you live in historic times!” (If there isn’t, there should be.) This week was a historic time. The Crimea seceded from Ukraine. Russia …
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