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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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Global Capitalism

Response to Martha Sonnenberg’s Kaddish for Che
March 6, 2017 Reader response to Martha Sonnenberg’s Kaddish for Che:   Querido Che: Che está Presente by Nancy Scheper-Hughes   The spiritual and political afterlife of Che, like the afterlife of Jesus of Nazareth, begins with their brutal torture …
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US Politics

Anti-Semitism is Back…and Wont Go Away
Tikkun  to heal, repair and transform the world   By Rabbi Michael Lerner   Suddenly anti-Semitism is back. Over one hundred headstones in a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia were overturned in a hate act early Sunday February 26, a week after …
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US Politics

Trump Using Typical War Propaganda
Trump’s Use of Navy SEAL’s Wife Highlights All the Key Ingredients of U.S. War Propaganda http://portside.org/2017-03-02/trumps-use-navy-seals-wife-highlights-all-key-ingredients-us-war-propaganda  PRINTER-FRIENDLY VERSION This is standard fare in U.S. war propaganda: We fixate on the Americans killed, learning their names and life stories and the plight of …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery– The Great Rift Between the 2 Jewish Peoples
Editor’s note: Though I fully agree with Uri Avnery’s depiction of 2 Jewish peoples, I disagree that it can be understood best in terms of ethnic background. Rather, it reflects two different worldviews, delineated in my book The Left Hand …
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Global Capitalism

The Fear and the Passion
Editor’s note: Here is a perspective from the U.K. which presents an overview of how some British Muslim progressives are trying to make sense of Trumpism, the British exit from the UK’s previous integration into the Common Market, and the …
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US Politics

Trumpaclysm
From our media ally TomDispatch.com The Art of the Trumpaclysm  How the U.S. Invaded, Occupied, and Remade Itself  By Tom Engelhardt It’s been epic! A cast of thousands! (Hundreds? Tens?) A spectacular production that, five weeks after opening on every screen of …
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US Politics

Inequality
INEQUALITY IS NOT JUST AN ECONOMIC ISSUE, BUT A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE. EXTREME INEQUALITY IS THE ANTITHESIS OF HUMAN RIGHTS(Philip Alston) [Taken from ‘From Disparity to Dignity: Tackling Economic Inequality Through the SDGs’, Human Rights Policy Brief, CESR, November 2016. …
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US Politics

A Cry of Pain From Standing Rock
  Introductory note From Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor, Tikkun: Last night I received an urgent call from a spokesperson for the courageous Water Protectors at Standing Rock. In pain and shock, they reported vicious assaults on them even as they planned …
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US Politics

US Hypocrisy on Yemen
  By Jonathan Marshall Only a few months ago, interventionists were demanding a militant response by Washington to what George Soros branded “a humanitarian catastrophe of historic proportions” — the killing of “hundreds of people” by Russian and Syrian government bombing of rebel-held neighborhoods …
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US Politics

Pence at Dachau Concentration Camp: Not Merely Hypocritical
Editor’s Note:  The Israeli right and their allies in the U.S. have used the technique of bringing young people to Nazi concentration camps as a way of communicating them the message “this is why Israel must be given blind support–because …
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US Politics

Trying to take down Trump for his failure to support a new Cold War with Russia. Why?
https://consortiumnews.com/ 2017/02/15/progressives-pile- on-flynns-ouster/ Consortium News       February 15, 2017 Progressives Pile on Flynn’s Ouster President Trump is so despised by progressives that many are rallying behind neocon-driven demands for a New McCarthyism to silence those who object to a …
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US Politics

Trump as Narcissist
Editor’s note: The article below by MIchael Brenner, cleverly presenting an argument for why Trump should be analyzed as a clinical narcissist,* is not atypical of the kinds of analyses that have been floating around on the internet. Brenner is …
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US Politics

The Case for a Progressive Version of Patriotism while Fighting Trumpism
Editor’s Note:  From the start of Tikkun magazine close to 31 years ago, we’ve been trying to convince people on the Left that we should be embracing and celebrating all that is good in the U.S. even as we critique …
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US Politics

America Third by Michael Klare
America Third  Donald Trump Is Giving the Phrase “Multipolar World” New Meaning  By Michael T. Klare If there’s a single consistent aspect to Donald Trump’s strategic vision, it’s this: U.S. foreign policy should always be governed by the simple principle of “America …
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US Politics

Through the Looking Glass How Can We Recognize Our Friends in the Mixed-Up World of Donald Trump?
By Rebecca Gordon (an article from our media ally TomDispatch.com) You know you’re living in a looking-glass world when former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks out against one of Donald Trump’s executive orders. He’s a good example of how past adversaries of movements …
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Israel/Palestine

Peter Beinart’s Take Down of Jared Kushner and the Problem of Palestine
By Mark LeVine It is heartening to see the wide reading being received by Peter Beinart’s January 31 j’accuse in The Forward against Jared Kushner and the Orthodox Jewish religious and educational establishment that produced him. Beinart’s article asks some …
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US Politics

Sometimes even a sociopath speaks truth
Editor’s note: here is a perspective on some of Trump’s statements that may help us understand why some people continue to see him as a champion challenging the mush of the establishment. What the author below fails to see is …
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War & Peace

The New Balance of Terror in Syria
 Interview with Joseph Daher: The new balance of terror in Syria https://socialistworker.org/2017/02/07/the-new-balance-of-terror-in-syria The new balance of terror in Syria February 7, 2017 The scorched-earth war of the Assad dictatorship, backed by allies Russia and Iran, against the Syrian Revolution has …
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US Politics

Reflections on Trump from a UK rabbi
THE PEOPLE VS. TRUMP Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah   A ‘Reality TV’ star has become President of the United States. Is it a joke? When ‘President Trump’ was featured on ‘The Simpsons’ in the year 2000 the spectre was supposed …
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US Politics

Rabbi Lerner Dialogues with Keith Ellison, candidate for chair of the Democratic National Committee
Editor’s note: Tikkun magazine, as a non-profit, does not endorse candidates for public office nor do we affiliate with any particular political party. We are the voice of Jewish, interfaith, and secular humanist spiritual progressives who seek a world of …
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A Call for Love in the Face of Hatred: Rabbi Michael Lerner’s Talk at Muhammad Ali’s Memorial
El maley rachamim, shocheyn ba’meh’romeem. Master of compassion, God of compassion, send your blessings to Muhammad Ali, send your blessings to all who mourn for him, and send your blessings for all the millions and millions of people who mourn for him all over this planet. I come here speaking as a representative of American Jews—and to say that American Jews played an important role in solidarity with African-American struggles in this country and that we today stand in solidarity with the Islamic community in this country and all around the world.
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Coercive Deference and Double Bind Politics on the Left (a response to the 2016 election)
I SHARE WITH I’m sure virtually all of Tikkun’s readers a feeling of pain and horror at the acts of racial and ethnic violence that have occurred since the election of Donald Trump. And I of course agree that the rhetoric of Trump’s campaign has had the effect of stirring up and legitimizing the expression of these racist and xenophobic impulses in terrible and alarming ways. But it does not help our efforts to respond to and counter these realities to simply denounce the Trump campaign or Trump supporters as “being” racist or xenophobic as if their violent and cruel behavior were just an expression of their evil essence or brainwashed minds. Instead, we must look deeply into the impacted conditions of their psychological, spiritual, and economic lives to see what in their experience has led them to burst out by the millions in response to Trump’s message.
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