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The Year of Sustainable Development by Jeffrey Sachs
The Year of Sustainable Development by Jeffrey Sachs                             December 9, 2014   NEW YORK – The year 2015 will be our generation’s greatest opportunity to move the world …
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Black Lives Matter
We at Tikkun Magazine urge you to read Rabbi Lerner’s impassioned plea on Huffington Post to stand with African Americans this Sunday morning when they have called for a Solidarity Sunday in suport of the position that Black Lives Matter. It’s a nonviolent and sweet way to show …
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Invite to “Reclaim America–Strategy Conference” Dec. 14
From Tikkun Magazine www.tikkun.org, the Network of Spiritual Progressives www.spiritualprogressives.org, and the Metta Center for Non-violence The new Congress is going to be a catastrophe for the environment and for those most dependent on everything from social security, safety and …
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Reclaim America Conference Dec. 14
After the 2014 Elections and Facing a Congress determined to dismantle environmental, health and social benefits for middle income Americans and the poor in 2015-2016 It’s critical that ethically sensitive people develop a strategy to: RECLAIM AMERICA YOU ARE INVITED …
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After Ferguson
Repetitive Motion Disorder: Black Reality and White Denial in America by Tim Wise I suppose there is no longer much point in debating the facts surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown. First, because Officer Darren Wilson has been cleared by a …
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Ferguson and American Racism After the Killer of Michael Brown Goes Free
This is a sad day. The grand jury’s decision is yet another sign that all of America’s sons’ lives are not yet valued equally in the eyes of our courts. All of America’s fathers, mothers and children should stay outraged …
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U.S. Misguided Policy Assumptions Out of Touch With the World’s Reality
5 Bedrock Washington Assumptions That Are Hot Air by Andrew Bacevich Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com “Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a scruffy restaurant across the street from the Cathedral …
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China Overtakes the US as World’s Largest Economy
China’s New Global Leadership  by Jeffrey D. Sachs The biggest economic news of the year came almost without notice: China has overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy, according to the scorekeepers at the International Monetary Fund. And, …
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Reclaim America after 2014 elections–Please come to our conference Dec. 14th
After the 2014 Elections and Facing a Congress determined to dismantle environmental, health and social benefits for middle income Americans and the poor in 2015-2016 It’s critical that ethically sensitive people develop a strategy to: RECLAIM AMERICA You, dear reader, …
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Why the Right Keeps Winning and the Left Keeps Losing
Why does the Right keep winning in American politics, sometimes through electoral victories, sometimes by having the Democrats and others on the Left adopt what were traditionally right-wing policies and perspectives?
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Israel/Palestine

Why Have Jewish-Arab Relations so Rapidly Deteriorated Inside the Borders of the State of Israel?
Why Have Jewish-Arab Relations Deteriorated in Israel? The View of Sikkuy’s Ron Gerlitz, by Phyllis Bernstein What follows is a summary of remarks delivered by Ron Gerlitz, co-executive director of Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality, at …
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Israel/Palestine

ISIS is an Existential Threat to Israel–a note from Uri Avnery
Editor’s note: this is a selection from a longer article by Uri Avnery Isis as an Existential Threat to Israel  by Uri Avnery ISIS (“the Islamic State”) poses no military danger. The present and former generals who shape Israel’s policy can …
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NSP

Yearning for a World of Love and Justice
We live in a world filled with loving and caring people. We all crave a world filled with love and care. Yet most of us doubt that we can experience a loving and caring world beyond our own private lives …
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Israel/Palestine

Rula Jebreal: How I’m Treated as a Minority in Israel
New York Times Minority Life in Israel By RULA JEBREAL OCT. 27, 2014 Credit Bratislav Milenkovic My mother, Zakia, was so proud that my sister and I spoke better Hebrew than Arabic. Osman, my father, believed that by achieving the highest …
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Health

A book on Caring for People With Alzheimer’s
: WHERE TWO WORLDS TOUCH   by Rev. Dr. Jade C. Angelica.    Skinner House Books. Boston, MA. 2014 Reviewed by Rabbi Richard Address              Jade Angelica introduces us to her approach to caregiving for people …
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Environment

UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Climate Assessment Nov.2, 2014
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Climate change is happening, it’s almost entirely man’s fault and limiting its impacts may require reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero this century, the U.N.’s panel on climate science said Sunday. The fourth and final volume …
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Culture

Chana Bloch’s poem Potato Eaters
Chana Bloch. Photo by Peg Skorpinski Potato Eaters Chana Bloch My grandmother never did learn to write. “Making love” was not in her lexicon; I wonder if she ever took off her clothes when her husband performed his conjugal duties. She …
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Terrorism, Terrorism, Terrorism
Terrorism, Terrorism, Terrorism: The Word That Fuels Endless War Journalist Glenn Greenwald explains the importance of challenging how this powerful word is used by those who always say only describes the violence of others and never their own. by Jon Queally, …
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US Politics

Thandeka on America’s New Spiritual Pioneers
  America’s New Spiritual Pioneers An Unfolding Political Story About Emotions Lost and Found Thandeka   We are at the dawn of a new era in progressive faith and politics in America. This new era has not yet emerged because …
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Food/Hunger

The GMO Deception!
Editor’s note: The following is a note from the radio and tv show Democracy Now As voters in Oregon and Colorado head to the polls next week to decide if they support labeling laws for genetically modified organisms, on Tuesday we will …
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I actually need your help!! Yes you, who is scanning through items at Tikkun.org!
Dear Friend or Ally of Tikkun or random scanner through this website, I understand if you feel deeply troubled by what has been happening in the United States and around the world this past year. I know I do. But I …
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Israel/Palestine

The Dispute about the Opera on Klinghoffer
The following article is from ha’aretz newspaper in Tel Aviv: Why an American-Israeli Jew like me saw ‘Klinghoffer’ Raw, uneasy, complicated and messy: Despite its faults, the Met Opera’s ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ is simply not the anti-Semitic bogeyman the protesters …
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Israel/Palestine


Palestinians torn over contact with Israelis: Univearsity’s exclusion of journalist Amira Hass raises questions about boycott policy Date: October 20, 2014 Subject: ***Palestinians torn over contact with Israelis: Univearsity's exclusion of journalist Amira Hass raises questions about boycott policy Amira Hass …
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Environment

Don’t Let “recreational marijuana” be brought to you by Monsanto Corporation
Tired of fake organic food and phony eco-forestry lumber? Get ready for recreational marijuana – brought to you by Monsanto Corporation!   By Paul Cienfuegos, published October 20, 2014   I am really worried that the social movement to legalize …
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US Politics

Earth Lost Half Its Wildlife in the Past Four Decades!!!
A new, comprehensive study of the world’s wildlife population has drastically reduced its 2012 estimate. Why? WSJ’s Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer. Earth lost half its wildlife in the past four decades, according to the most comprehensive study of animal populations …
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Fukushima, Miso Soup and Me–by Sheila Parks
Rabbi Lerner’s note: I have no way of assessing the accuracy of this article by Sheila Parks. But on the off chance that it is accurate, it seems important enough for the well-being of our community of caring people for …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery on Crusaders and Zionists
Uri Avnery October 11, 2014                                                 Crusaders and Zionists LATELY, THE words “Crusaders” and “Zionists” have been appearing more and more often as twins. In a documentary about ISIS I just saw, they appeared together in almost …
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Are We in the Process of Creating a “Palestinian Exception” to Free Speech and Academic Freedom?
 Are We Creating A “Palestinian Exception” To Free Speech and Academic Freedom? by   ALLAN C. Brownfeld Freedom of speech and academic freedom are long established and respected pillars of our free society.  At the present time, however, we seem to …
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“God and Goddess Emerging” and “A Beaked and Feathered God”: A Free Peek at Two Subscriber-Only Articles from Our Summer Issue
Have you gotten a chance to check out Tikkun's Summer 2014 print issue "Thinking Anew About God"? A significant number of Tikkun readers have told us that they don't believe in God. No worries! Our managing editor and many of our authors identify as agnostics or atheists too. Check out two free articles from this latest issue!
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Israel/Palestine

Palestinian Authority President Abbas’ Speech to the UN General Assembly Sept 26, 2014
Abbas appealed to the world body to draw up a specific timetable for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank.   PA President Mahmoud Abbas. (photo credit:REUTERS) Mr. President, At the outset, I wish to extend our sincere congratulations upon your election …
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Judaism

Planting the Seed of Eternity
Planting the Seed of Eternity: A Meditation on Rosh Hashanah & Our Planet By Rabbi David Seidenberg On Rosh Hashanah, after every time we hear the sound of the shofar, we call out the words, Hayom harat olam. This expression …
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climate

The Climate March Was Great. Now What?
Hundreds of thousands of us marched against climate change Sunday to emphasize to the political leaders of the world assembling at the UN in the next few days that this is an issue of intense concern for the people of the world. We demand action, not just pious statements of concern!
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Environment

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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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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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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