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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery on the War Netanyahu Almost Started Five Years Ago
Uri Avnery August 29, 2015                                                 The Molten Three I MUST admit that Moshe “”Bogie” Ya’alon did not top the list of my favorite politicians. The former army Chief of Staff and present Minister of Defense looked to me like a …
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Islam

A cry of outrage at ISIS by one of the many Muslims speaking out for human rights
Editor’s note:  There have been frequent communications to us at Tikkun claiming that ISIS reveals “the truth about Islam.” This is as big a slander as saying that Netanyahu and the racist remarks of some of the people in his …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel update Aug. 28, 2015
Editor’s note: In reporting on Israel’s latest outrages I do not mean to suggest that Israel is worse than many many other countries in regard to its abuses of human rights, but only that as a rabbi and champion of …
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US Politics

Noam Chomsky on “The Iranian Threat”
Editor’s note: Noam Chomsky’s analysis (read below after reading this) is an important counter to the endless drum of US propaganda from both parties about the threat from Iran. So much self-deception is thrown at Americans that we are not to …
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Socially Engaged Mysticism to Heal the World
Where are the missing mystics of the revolution? ERIKA SUMMERS-EFFLER and HYUNJIN DEBORAH KWAK 11 August 2015 Mysticism can undermine the social and political order in fundamental ways. Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa at the Maryhouse office in New York City on June …
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US Politics

The Sum Stratagem–a strategic plan for the remnants of the Occupy movement by Zevin X Cruz
Editor’s note: this strategy does not capture the strategic ideas we’ve develop in Tikkun and in The Left Hand of God book, in the NSP strategy paper “Yearing for a World of Love and Justice, we’ve developed at www.spiritualprogressives.org/covenant  and …
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Culture

Why I’m Not Going to Burning Man This Year by Daniel Pinchbeck
WHY I’M NOT GOING TO BURNING MAN THIS YEAR by Daniel Pinchbeck (from Reality Sandwich) I have gone to Burning Man 15 years in a row. When I went the first time, back in 2000, I was a journalist on …
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US Politics

Change the Conversation about Justice by Rabbi Rachel Mikva
Throw the [Good] Book at Them: Changing the Conversation about Justice by Rabbi Rachel Mikva   Romain Dukes says President Obama has given him his life back.  Expecting to spend the rest of his years in prison after being convicted …
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US Politics


I Worked at AIPAC 6 Years…But Now It Shames Me As an American Jew by M.J. Rosenberg August 6, 2015 mjayrosenberg President Obama’s speech at American University defending the Iran agreement against charges made by the Israeli government and its lobby in the United …
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US Politics

Two Apologies from Rabbi Lerner
Two apologies from Rabbi Lerner  a minor one and a major one 1) The minor apology is that the mailing of the Summer issue of Tikkun was delayed by something going wrong at the printers. That issue should have been mailed in …
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Israel/Palestine

Firebombing of Palestinian Homes & Murder of Palestinian Child, plus Murder at Gay Pride Demo
Editor’s Note: Faced with the horrendous crimes of an ultra-orthodox Jew stabbing participants in a gay pride demonstration in Israel, and the firebombing of Palestinian homes and resulting burning to death of an 18 month old Palestinian baby while others …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel’s “Divide and Conquer” Strategy for Palestine–by Uri Avnery
Uri Avnery August 8, 2015                                                   Divide et Impera   BINYAMIN NETANYAHU is not known as a classical scholar, but even so he has adopted the Roman maxim Divide et Impera, divide and rule.   The main (and perhaps …
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US Politics

Readers Respond to Our Conference Call with Obama
On July 30th, the Tikkun and Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) community, along with a variety of other groups, was invited to a conference call with President Obama. During the call he spoke about the nuclear agreement reached with Iran …
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US Politics

The Pope’s Anti-Capitalist Message
Will Pope Francis’ strong message meet resistance in US? Michael Sean Winters  |  Jul. 31, 2015 Francis in the United States Print  email  ANALYSIS   WASHINGTON Those looking for clues of what to expect from Pope Francis when he visits Cuba and the United States at …
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Global Capitalism

Death by Debt: Germany’s Treatment of Greece
  Death by Debt – My Response to The German Finance Ministry Guest contribution by Jeffrey Sachs Dr. Ludger Schuknecht, senior economist at the Germany Finance Ministry, explains his ministry’s viewpoint regarding Greece. This viewpoint essentially holds that Eurozone countries should …
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Environment

We too, like Pope Francis, must be zealous guardians of the Common Home
Pope Francis: zealous guardian of the Common Home Leonardo Boff       Theologian-Philosopher       Earthcharter Commission   Given the patron saint who inspired his name –Saint Francis of Assisi–, Pope Francis has everything in his favor to become the great promoter of a world ecological project.  It …
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US Politics

The New Brutalism & America’s Racist Killing Fields by Henry Giroux
The New Brutalism and the Racist Killing Fields in America: The Death of Sandra Bland   by      Henry A. Giroux   On July 9, soon after Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman, moved to Texas from Naperville, Illinois …
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Uri Avnery (and below that Jeffrey Sachs) on the Iranian Nuclear Deal
Editor’s note: Avnery is sage in his analysis, but too much into big-power-politics thinking for comfort. As a result he underplays the role of ideology, and understates the evil deeds of the Iranian mullahs against their own people. Some people …
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Judaism

God’s Prayer: a Review of an amazing book by Michael Kagan
Hearing God’s Prayer—Inside and Outside of Religion a review of God’s Prayer by Michael Kagan, by Ya’qub ibn Yusuf   God’s Prayer is a collection of messages which the author, Michael Kagan, experienced receiving from God. We might call it …
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Israel/Palestine

Confronting Religious Hatred in the Holy Land–by Alon Goshen-Gottstein
Alon Goshen-Gottstein Founder and Director of the Elijah Interfaith Institute. Acknowledged as one of the world’s leading figures in interreligious dialogue. Over the past 4 years, 42 Churches, mosques and monasteries were vandalized, attacked or torched in the Holy Land. …
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War & Peace

Who is hoping to lead us into war with Iran?
THE STRANGE ALLIANCE OF FUNDAMENTALIST JEWS AND CHRISTIANS WHO ACHE  FOR ARMAGEDDON       BY ALLAN C. BROWNFELD —————————————————————————————————————————– It has often been said that politics makes for strange bedfellows. This adage is certainly reflected in the unusual alliance  between fundamentalist Jews …
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Israel/Palestine

Hllary Clinton’s Troubling Attack on Peace Activists by Prof. Stephen Zunes
Editor’s note: While we at Tikkun have not signed on to the BDS movement in part because of the failure of its most prominent proponents in the U.S., e.g. Jewish Voices for Peace, to unequivocally separate themselves from the parts …
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US Politics

How to Make July 3-5 a Celebration of Interdependence
Interdependence Day Celebration   Transforming July 4th into an event affirming the value of everyone on earth and affirming our interdependence with them and with the earth itself   Faced with July 4th celebrations that are focused on militarism, ultra-nationalism, …
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US Politics

A very different analysis of the Greek financial crisis
Syriza:  Plunder, Pillage and Prostration James Petras Introduction Greece has been in the headlines of the world’s financial press for the past five months, as a newly elected leftist party, ‘Syriza’, which ostensibly opposes so-called ‘austerity measures’, faces off against …
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US Politics

A Path to End Racism
A Path to Defeat Racism by Rabbi Michael Lerner and Cat Zavis Racism is the demeaning of an entire group of people and refusing to see them as fully human in the way we see ourselves and those we deem …
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US Politics

Love Wins! Lessons from the Movement for Marriage Equality
By Cat J. Zavis Wow. For a brief moment I am feeling such gratitude for our Supreme Court—well, at least for five justices of the court! This is a time to celebrate. Gay and lesbian couples are finally recognized for …
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Environment

Full Text of Pope Francis’ letter to humanity about the Environment, June 18, 2015
ENCYCLICAL LETTER LAUDATO SI’ OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME           1. “LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of …
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The Pope Might Save the Planet… if You Would Join an Interfaith Effort to Support His Direction!
Photo Credit: Alberto Pizzoli via Getty Images Pope Francis’ Laudato Si plea for environmental sanity and a serious recommitment to the Bible’s call for humanity to be stewards of this planet earth just might make a huge difference by puncturing …
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Global Capitalism

A Note on Brazil from Theologian Leonardo Boff
There must be a way out of the present crisis Leonardo Boff       Theologian-Philosopher       Earthcharter Commission     The political and economic crisis we are now experiencing provides an opportunity for truly profound changes, such as political, tributary and agrarian reform. To have the correct focus, …
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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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