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Charlottesville: Where Do We Stand by Arthur Green
WHERE DO WE STAND? by Rabbi Arthur Green     American Jews looked on with horror at the events unfolding in Charlottesville – and elsewhere – over this past weekend.  Indeed, we have felt a shudder ever since the awful …
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Jews Are NOT “White” in 21st century USA
Take a look at the alleged white privilege of Jews in Charlottesville, Virginia At Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA, we are deeply grateful for the support and prayers of the broader Reform Jewish community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the …
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Race

Racism After Charlottesville
The Staying Power of Racism After Charlottesville By Rabbi Michael Lerner Though the focus of a right-wing rally in Charlottesville this past Saturday was to protest the decision of the local city council to remove a statue honoring Confederate general …
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Interfaith

Australian Rabbi speaking at a Mosque
Below I share some of my talk at a Mosque the other day. The fact that this talk happened at all is a tribute to the good people playing a leadership role in this community. Two Sydney synagogues had hosted …
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War & Peace

Never Give Up Working for Peace by Jonathan Granoff
  NEVER FORGET VIRTUE, NEVER FORGET HIROSHIMA, NEVER GIVE UP WORKING FOR PEACE 08/08/2017 11:14 pm ET | Updated 1 day ago   There are historical matters toward which our ongoing attention is worthy because of their relevance today. Here are some examples: …
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The Pentagon’s Success Story
Editor’s note: Thanks to our media ally TomDispatch.com we present another analysis of American military power–no, not about atomic wars, but about overthrowing governments around the world. Can the Pentagon Win When Putsch Comes to Shove? A Rare Pentagon “Success” …
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US Politics

Trump’s Christian Nationalism–and how to effectively counter it
Editor’s note: this important article below shows a troubling development in American society. Yet like so much that comes from our leftwing allies, it shows no understanding of why these scary politics have emerged and how it could be responded …
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US Politics

Republicans’ Immigration Plan: A Whiter America
Republicans’ immigration plan: A whiter America  By Emile Schepers Jeanette Vizguerra, a Mexican immigrant who has lived in a church to avoid immigration authorities for the past three months, speaks after leaving the church May 12, in downtown Denver. Supporters say …
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US Politics

America’s Wars by Tom Engelhardt
Editor’s note: Below, another analysis of America’s wars from our media ally TomDispatch.com. As you know, the way to overcome all this is not only to protest against this militarism, but to convince the Left that it needs to promote …
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Environment

The Invisible Monster of Climate Change
  Editor’s note: Tikkun’s media ally TomDispatch.com has produced another valuable analysis, this time in the form of a dystopian forecast of what might be coming by 2050. Below is how its editor Tom Engelhardt introduces this scary yet sadly …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel Freak Out About Hebron
Editor’s note: Uri Avnery is chair of the Israeli Peace Movement GUSH SHALOM and a frequent contributor to Tikkun. Abe, Izzy & Bibi 15/07/17by Uri Avnery THE WHOLE thing could have been a huge practical joke, if it had not …
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Economy/Poverty/Wealth

G20 in Hamburg
FIRE AND RIDDLES AT HAMBURG Berlin Bulletin No. 130, July 10, 2017 Victor Grossman, Berlin The concert hall in Hamburg’s wonderful new Elbphilharmonie edifice resounded with Schiller’s thrilling Ode to Joy and world brotherhood in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Nineteen heads of …
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Christianity

Is Christianity today creating atheists?
[Editor's note: While Tikkun is a Jewish magazine and it is also an interfaith and secular-humanist welcoming magazine, many of whose authors and readers are not Jewish. While we claim not special expertise on the problems facing Christianity, some of …
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Israel/Palestine

Outrage at Israel’s Decision to Prevent Mixed Gender Prayer at the Wall in Jerusalem
Editor’s Note: There was a powerful article by Nicole Zimmerman in Ha’aretz on Thursday critiquing American Jews for getting so upset about the rights of non-orthodox Jews to pray at the Western Wall (the Kotel) while never getting upset in …
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Interfaith

Protecting Egypt and its Coptic Christians by James Zogby
Editor’s note: Tikkun presents this note from the Arab American Institute in part because it highlights the need of people of the world to stand up in defense of Christians in the Middle East who are often under attack from …
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Global Capitalism

U.S. Imperialism–Changing Direction?
 Editor’s note: As in all articles published by Tikkun, except our editorials, Tikkun does not necessarily agree or endorse the views we publish. We choose our articles to present views that are rarely aired in the mainstream media and which …
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Embracing the Chaos & Finding Your Mission in the Midst of our Society’s Spiritual Crisis
http://gratefulness.org/blog/12-reasons-embrace-chaos-move-forward-life/ 12 Reasons to Embrace the Chaos and Move Forward in Life BOB MIGLANI “What’s the point?”, I sometimes ask myself. It’s such an uncertain world out there. I mean, “It all looks so bleak. Why should I even bother …
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War & Peace

Will the Neo-Cons’ Long War Ever End?
June 5, 2017   America’s Long War or Global War on Terror has taken some ugly turns as the West’s continued war-making in the Muslim world leads to new terrorism against Western targets, with no end in sight, explains Nicolas …
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War & Peace

What would war with Korea look like?
Here’s a reasonable question to ask in our unreasonable world: Does Donald Trump even know where North Korea is? The answer matters and if you wonder why I ask, just remember his comment upon landing in Israel after his visit …
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War & Peace

Civilian Victims of War
Whose Children?  A World that Cares Little for Civilian Victims of War www.counterpunch.org A little over a month ago a suicide car bomb blast hit a convoy of civilians outside of the towns of Fua and Kefraya west of Aleppo …
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War & Peace

Is Trump Instigating Sectarian Violence Between Shia and Sunni Muslims?
Editor’s Note:  Shia and Sunni forces have engaged in sectarian violence long before there was a president Trump. But as the authors suggest, his attempt to put together a Sunni alliance against Iran will likely contribute to an escalation of …
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US Politics

Down the Memory Hole: Living in Trump’s United States of Amnesia
Editor’s Note: Glad to share with you another article from our media ally TomDisptacht.com with an introduction from Tom. I can’t really say “enjoy” because the message is so disturbing!– Rabbi Michael Lerner In the first paragraphs of George Orwell’s …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel denying human rights of prisoners
Zeid urges Israel to respect the human rights of detainees GENEVA (24 May 2017) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Wednesday expressed serious concern as the mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons entered …
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Culture

Seeing Double: A Middle Eastern Comedy of Errors
In the 1980's, few Americans knew much about life in the territories Israel had occupied in 1967. Fewer still understood the PLO's historic offer to settle for a state in less than half what had been Palestine. Yet in 1989, the San Francisco Mime Troupe produced Seeing Double, a mistaken-identity farce that argued for a two-state solution. The seeming unfitness of the genre for the topic proved the secret of the show’s success: laughter allows room for hope.
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Culture

The Women’s Balcony–a delightful film
The Women’s Balcony, a movie which captures a beautiful slice of Israeli life, is a huge upper at a time when many people are feeling depressed and saddened by the state of our world. The movie captures the way that …
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Israel/Palestine

The Settlement Legality Debate by Nathaniel Berman
Editor’s Note:  The Spring 2017 issue of Tikkun Magazine is entirely devoted to the 50th anniversary of the Six Days War and the beginning of the Occupation of the West Bank by Israel. It includes a wide range of Israeli …
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War & Peace

Wisdom from a man who prosecuted Nazi war crimes
Introducing: 60 MINUTES ALL ACCESS LEARN MORE + Unlimited, ad-free viewing of 60 Minutes archives, Overtime and extrasToggle  The Nuremberg Prosecutor 60 MINUTES OVERTIME When Ben Ferencz met Marlene Dietrich 60 MINUTES OVERTIME Learning history from a man who made it 60 …
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Environment

Global Population and the Insane Policy of US State Dept.
Just a Glimpse  Mary Anne Mercer Here’s a question about doing good in the world.  How could we prevent nearly half a million unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, or maternal death? I was stunned to read recently that the U.S. State …
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US Politics

National Faith Leaders Statement on Anti-LGBTQ Bills
I’m proud to be part of this group of faith leaders challenging the anti LGBTQ moves that are being taken in many states in the wake of the Trump presidency. Please read our statement and the full list of faith …
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Judaism

Commentary on one of the more difficult readings in Torah by Lisa Rappaport
  [Editor's note: Some of the weekly Torah readings--called the weekly parasha-- are hard to relate to, and this past week's reading, Parshat Tazria/Metzorah, is among them. More difficult. Rabbinic student in the Aleph program Lisa Rappaport gave one of …
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Israel/Palestine

Yom Ha’Atzma’ut –a rabbinic teaching
Atzma’ut and Atzamot: The Bones of Israel by Rabbi Emma Kippley-Ogman Reading haftarah on the seventh day of Pesach, we saw through the prophet Ezekiel’s eyes a valley full of dry bones (bikah meleah atzamot) declaring that their hope is gone (avdah tikvateinu). For …
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Environment

March for the Environment April 29–an appeal from Bill McKibben & Tikkun
An appeal from Bill McKibben and Endorsed by Tikkun It is hard to avoid hyperbole when you talk about global warming. It is, after all, the biggest 
thing humans have ever done, and by a very large margin. In the …
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Culture

Cataract Surgery Blues
By Raymond Barglow Last week I handed myself over to a medical team at Kaiser-Oakland that did a cataract surgery on my eyes.  My symptom?  I couldn’t see clearly, and no eye-glass prescription was sufficient any longer to fix the …
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Culture

Poetry: Love Letter to Syria by Laura Lauth
Love Letter to Syria  by Laura Lauth The bats cross and recross the dusk. What they hear is theirs to eat. Wind chimes admit the many worlds through. Our key lime comes to bloom. We’re living here in spring—a blaze …
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US Politics

Globalization vs. Planetization by Leonardo Boff
Editor’s Note: If you wish to be part of the movement to transform globalization to planetization, join our Network of Spiritual Progressives (www.spiritualprogressives.org/join )  and help us get endorsements form your local city councils, state legislatures and Congress people  for …
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Judaism

Passover and the Wisdom of NOT Knowing
  Passover and The Wisdom of “Not Knowing” by Estelle Frankel “Great questioning, great awakening; little questioning, little awakening; no questioning, no awakening.”—Zen saying Albert Einstein once confessed that he had no special talent and attributed his success as a …
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US Politics

Demobilizing America A Nation Made by War and a Citizenry Unmade By It
Demobilizing America  A Nation Made by War and a Citizenry Unmade By It  By Tom Engelhardt On successive days recently, I saw two museum shows that caught something of a lost American world and seemed eerily relevant in the Age of …
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Job Opening at Tikkun: Managing Editor
Tikkun magazine is looking for a managing editor to produce its award-winning print magazine and manage its lively online content--someone who is aligned with our goal of contributing to the healing and transforming the world.
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Judaism

Join Us for a Liberation Passover Seder on Tues. April 11 (2nd Seder night) with Emma’s Revolution
  Join Us for A Liberation Passover Seder on Tuesday, April 11 (the 2nd  Seder night) at 6:00 pm in Berkeley Special Guests: Emma’s Revolution Register now: www.beyttikkun.org/seder. Registration closes Monday, April 3rd We survived Pharaoh in Egypt–we can survive and even triumph …
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US Politics

MLK + 50: Toward a Year of Truth and Transformation
Martin Luther King + 50: Toward a Year of Truth and Transformation By Rabbi Arthur Waskow * Fifty years ago, on April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King spoke his most profound and most prophetic sermon. At Riverside Church in …
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War & Peace

Goodbye to Father–the enduring impact of fascism
[Tikkun magazine has no staff capable of verifying the accuracy of this article. So we do not print it as a story that we ascertain to be true. Yet we have no reason to doubt it, either. We know that …
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Judaism

Join us for a Liberation Passover Seder. With Emma’s Revolution
Join Us for A Liberation Passover Seder on Tuesday, April 11 (the 2nd  Seder night) at 6:00 pm in Berkeley Special Guests: Emma’s Revolution Register now: www.beyttikkun.org/seder. Registration closes Monday, April 3rd We survived Pharaoh in Egypt–we can survive and even triumph over …
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Israel/Palestine

UN Committee calls Israel an Apartheid State–Discuss
SUPPRESSING U.N. REPORT ON ISRAEL’S MOVE TOWARD APARTHEID IS DANGEROUS FOR U.S. POLICY—-AND FOR                                                     …
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Judaism

Shaul Magid on Levinas and Zionism
You can read this online at: www.tikkun.org/nextgen/shaul-magid-on-levinas-and-zionism Emmanuel Levinas, the Political, and Zionism: Michael Morgan’s Levinas’s Ethical Politics, a Review Essay                                  by   Shaul Magid, …
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US Politics

Andrew Bacevich on the US military strategy
[editor's note: Below is an introduction to Andrew Bacevich's article from our media ally Tom Engelhardt at www.tomdispatch.com] U.S. Marines are, for the first time, deploying to Syria (with more to come). There’s talk of an “enduring” U.S. military presence in Iraq, while additional U.S. …
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War & Peace

Lets Avoid War with Korea
[A note from our friends at Just Foreign Policy] Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently seemed to suggest that a pre-emptive U.S. bombing of North Korea was an option “on the table.” [1] As the Los Angeles Times editorial board stated, such …
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Israel/Palestine

Should Women Be in the IDF Combat Units?
Editor’s Note: Though this article starts out exploring the debate between secular and religious Israelis about the “right” of women to be in combat units, it turns to the deeper issue–should anyone be in those combat units as long as …
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US Politics

Deportation, Immigration Bans & Racial Cleansing: America and Nazi Germany
Seeds of Destruction: Deportation, Immigration Bans, and Racial Cleansing in America and Nazi Germany   By John Smelcer   We’ve all read the history with horror and with the certainty that it could never happen to us: The rise of …
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War & Peace

The Iraq War Disastrous Surge
A note from Tom Engelhardt, the editor of Tikkun’s  media ally TomDispatch.com where this article appeared orignally. Every now and then, I think back to the millions of people who turned out in this country and across the globe in early 2003 to protest …
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US Politics

Trump’s Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites (NY Times, etc)
  By Chris Hedges March 06, 2017 “Information Clearing House” -  “Truth Dig” - The liberal elites, who bear significant responsibility for the death of our democracy, now hold themselves up as the saviors of the republic. They have embarked, despite …
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