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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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War & Peace

What If They Gave A War and Nobody Paid?
Editor’s note: an interesting article by a Tikkun subscriber and ally. What if they gave a war and nobody paid?  By David Hartsough   “Considering the Tax Shelter.” (Flickr/JD Hancock) As April 15 approaches, make no mistake: The tax money that many of …
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Israel/Palestine

Wrestling Jerusalem: Great new SF play on Israel and Palestine–a must see!
Loving the Stranger  a theatre review by Corey Fischer About Wrestling Jerusalem  by Aaron Davidman The first sentence that Aaron Davidman speaks in Wrestling Jerusalem, his new solo play at Intersection for the Arts, will have an all-too-familiar ring to …
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War & Peace

Ukrainian Fascism & Anti-Semitism–Not Everyone Agrees
We continue our attempt to provide a wide variety of perspectives on what is happening in the Ukraine. Here we present the perspective of some of the Jewish establishment organizations reassuring us that anti-Semitism is not a big problem in …
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Health

Transformative Medicine as one Part of Emancipatory Spirituality
One of the foci of the interfaith and atheist or secular humanist welcoming Network of Spiritual Progressives (you DO NOT have to be religious or believe in God to be a spiritual progressive) is to build consciousness changing groups in …
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Israel/Palestine

Jews Against Zionism–an intro to their perspective
Editor’s note:  While the article below has a narrow conception of Zionism, equating it with the policies of its most racist and reactionary elements (though not without some foundation, given that these elements are currently dominant in the Zionist movement)–a …
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Israel/Palestine

Peter Beinert on why Israel Has Lost the Moral High Ground
Reprinted from Ha’aretz, Israel’s premier newspaper. View article here. AIPAC speech pits Netanyahu vs. Herzl on the nature of moral divides by Peter Beinart Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech this week to AIPAC was like Havdalah. It was about separation. “The line I want to …
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Israel/Palestine

The verbal assaults on Kerry from Israel
This article from Israel’s premier newspaper, Ha’aretz, reminds us that it’s not just the little guys who get verbal abuse when disagreeing with whatever is the official line of Israel on just about any question. Israeli officials and their cheerleaders …
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Editorial

A Variety of Perspectives on the Ukraine Conflict and the Potential Revival of a Cold War
Some of our readers have objected to us presenting critiques of the coup that overthrew Ukraine’s democratically elected government, which had tilted away from the European Union and toward Russia. We were not seeking to affirm that choice in particular—rather, we were seeking to present a more complex picture of the situation by pointing to the one-sidedness in the media, which made it seem as if the West were obviously innocently interested in promoting human rights and democracy and therefore siding with the coup from the streets.
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US Politics

Challenging the Power of the Banks
The Stone That Brings Down Goliath? Richmond and Eminent Domain Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:09By Ellen Brown, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond, California, in front of a boarded-up house in Richmond, December 20, 2013. Many Richmond residents owe more money on …
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War & Peace

Ukraine: What is Really Happening
Editor’s Note from Rabbi Michael Lerner: One thing I’m sure of is that media accounts available in the United States are so tainted by anti-Russia and U.S. nationalist and capitalist interests that we have no idea of what is really …
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US Politics

Uri Avnery on Germany Trying to Deal with its Nazi Past?
[Editor's Note: Avnery doesn't deal with another important aspect of Germans' continuing feelings of guilt for what their Nazi past did to the world and to the Jewish people: the way that that guilt keeps Germany from actually doing what …
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Israel/Palestine

Avrum Burg on BDS
Avrum Burg was chair of the Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Organization, a member of Knesset, chair of the Knesset, and for a brief moment even served as interim Prime Minister of the State of Israel. Here are his …
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Culture

Pete Seeger: A Personal Remembrance
I could scarcely believe my ears when staff members at Tikkun told me that Pete Seeger had just called to ask if he could perform at the first national Tikkun conference in New York City in 1988. I had raised my son on Seeger's music, and had myself been moved by some of his radical songs. He was already a legend, and I was already a fan when I was in high school.
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery on Netanyahu’s Demand that Palestinians Recognize Israel not Just as a State, but as a Jewish State
Uri Avnery January 11, 2014                                          Bibi & Libie   PERHAPS I am too stupid, but for the heck of me I cannot understand the sense of the Israeli demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel …
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Israel/Palestine

Boycotting Israeli Universities–The Right Way to Fight the Israeli Occupation?
The Israel Boycott Movement and Controversy – Differing Views  Omar Barghouti; Linda Gordon; Robin D.G. Kelley; Sydney Lev January 4, 2014 Debate over Israeli policy on settlements in the occupied lands, the on-going discrimination against Palestinians and Jews of color …
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Israel/Palestine

A Jewish State Would Not Be Oppressive or Racist Toward the Powerless, the Immigrants, the Homeless, The Other–an essay by Uri Avnery
Editor’s Note: Uri Avnery, a committed atheist and chair of Israel’s peace movement Gush Shalom,  recognizes that the real problem in Israel today is not that it is a Jewish state, but that it is not Jewish at all in the …
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Congressman Keith Ellison Introduced to Congress a resolution in Support of the Tikkun/NSP version of the Global Marshall Plan
Great news! Congressman Keith Ellison, who represents Minneapolis/St Paul in the U.S. House of Representatives, introduced a resolution in effect endorsing the NSP version of a Global Marshall Plan into the House of Representatives as H Res 439. It was …
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Israel/Palestine

The ‘Peace Process’ Delusion is Worse than Apartheid
Editor’s note: The article below is an important challenge to the major fantasy encouraged by the Obama White House and Sec of State Kerry: that the “peace process” negotiations might yield a reasonable outcome. Lev Grinberg shows why that is …
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Pope Francis–an extraordinary message to read during the holidays!
The newest statement from Pope Francis (reprinted below)  should be read, contemplated, and discussed with your family and friends during the next few weeks when you have winter vacation! We at the interfaith and secular-humanist-welcoming NSP– Network of Spiritual Progressives …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel’s Self-Boycott by Uri Avnery
Uri Avnery December 14, 2013                                                            Self-Boycott   CAN A country boycott itself? That may sound like a silly question. It is not.   At the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, the “Giant of History” …
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Israel/Palestine

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at the XXVII Guadalajara International Book Fair
A Letter From Elliot Sperber The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at the XXVII Guadalajara International Book Fair by MALU HUACUJA DEL TORO AND ELLIOT SPERBER Considered the most important Book Fair in the Spanish-speaking world, and second in the world only to …
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Pope Francis: A Breath of Fresh Air?
 Even as we mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela, hope springs high for the possiibility that Pope Francis might become another warrior for peace, economic justice, environmental sanity, and love among all human beings. Matthew Fox, himself silenced by Cardinal …
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Judaism

Celebrate Chanukah, the First National Liberation Struggle (You Don’t Have to be Jewish)
Chanukah celebrates the first recorded national liberation struggle–when the people of Judea rallied around a guerrilla war against the remnants of Alexander the Great’s empire, and the subsequent attempt by the Syrian (Seleucid) branch of that empire to impose Hellenistic …
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How to Create a Tikkun/NSP (Network of Spiritual Progressives) Presence in YOUR Community
How to Create a Tikkun/Spiritual Progressive presence in your community. Our goal: A change in consciousness. Nothing will change in our world till we have popularized the following notions: 1. Our well being depends upon the well-being of everyone else …
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US Politics

Lerner in Seattle and Bellingham
        Bellingham, Wa. Nov. 14 (Thursday) at 7 PM: Rabbi Lerner speaks on “The Spiritual Transformation and Healing of the World: Building a Spiritually Progressive Political Party.” Location: 210 Academic Instructional Center West at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington (park at Fairhaven College, then walk through the …
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Israel/Palestine

Some Israeli Soldiers Trained to Violate Palestinians–not as an exception but as standard procedure
This Op-Ed appeared in Haaretz, 12-Nov, 2013 both in Print and on Haaretz.co.il. It was not posted on the English Haaretz.com edition, as of 12-November, 2013, 23:30 Israel Standard Time. http://www.haaretz.co.il/opinions/.premium-1.2162720   The Army’s Training Ground Avihai Stohler Somewhere in …
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Environment

Environmental Alert: Join Us in Making Revolutionary Changes to Save Life on Earth
As the oceans rise to earth-destroying levels, the agricultural heartlands turn to desert, and the rate of skin cancer grows to match the rate of the common cold... now is the time to talk honestly with the American public about dramatically reducing consumption, combating the immense power of the 1 percent, and preparing ourselves to counter the mainstream media’s obfuscations of the urgency of the coming crisis.
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Judaism

Uri Avnery on Ovadia Yosef
Ovadia’s Choice   WHEN RABBI Ovadia Yosef first appeared on the national scene, I heaved a deep sigh of relief.   Here was the man I had dreamed of: a charismatic leader of oriental Jews, a man of peace, a …
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Spirituality

God is NOT a Particle!
  Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 | Posted by Allen L Roland Search for God Eventually Leads to Love The eye of God in outer space / NASA photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope has been labeled the ‘Eye of …
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War & Peace

Netanyahu vs. Iran’s Rouhani–Which one do you trust more?
Rabbi Lerner’s comment:  Who do you trust more, Iran’s new President Rouhani or Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu?  Please read the article by my former friend John Judis. Netanyahu Said Something Shockingly Bad at the UN BY JOHN B. JUDIS Iran’s new …
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War & Peace

Responding to Iran’s President Rouhani–by Uri Avnery
Uri Avnery September 28, 2013                                                               The Real Bomb   YEARS AGO I disclosed one of the biggest secrets about Iran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was an agent of the Mossad.   Suddenly, all the curious details …
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War & Peace

Syria: What Obama Should Do
                                            Sept. 9, 2013 Dear Fellow Tikkunistas (those committed to tikkun olam–the healing and transforming of our world), Aryeh Cohen, …
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Judaism

High Holiday Repentance Workbook 2013 / 5774
To acknowledge our own screw-ups is an important first step. But the High Holidays are not about getting ourselves to feel guilty, but rather engaging in a process of change. If we don’t make those changes internally and in our communities and in our society, all the breast-beating and self-criticism become an empty ritual.
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US Politics

Responses to the Prosecution of Whistle Blowers
NPR, mistakenly still identified as a liberal news source when in fact for the past decade at least it has been so worried about losing its funding that it has bent over backwards to accommodate governmental and corporate spins on …
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US Politics

Pragmatic Compromises Will Never Yield the World We Seek
The Democratic Party is constantly compromising to placate the Right but almost never seeks to placate the Left. To break free of this cycle, liberals need to question a capitalist assumption that too often finds support in the liberal world: that material well-being is the primary key to happiness.
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US Politics

The Violence of Organized Forgetting by Henry Giroux
Henry Giroux is a frequent contributor to Tikkun and our blog Tikkun Daily. In this article, which appeared first on TruthOut, he summarizes much of his recent thinking brilliantly. Please take the time to read it! –Rabbi Michael Lerner The …
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US Politics

Trayvon Martin and Tisha B’av: A Jewish Response
The acquittal by jury of George Zimmerman who shot and murdered the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin was emblematic of the consistent  racism and double standard used in the treatment of minority groups or those deemed “Other” in the U.S. …
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Capitalism, Democracy and Elections
Yet for those of us committed to non-violently replacing capitalism (the global system of class domination, inequality and militarism all rooted in and expanding an ethos of materialism, selfishness, and endless growth without regard to the environmental, social justice, and spiritual consequences) with a new system based on love, generosity, caring for each other and caring for the earth, elections must play an important role along with demonstrations, mass actions (like consumer boycotts and removing investments from some banks and corporations).
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Judaism

You Don’t Have to be Jewish…to get a lot of spiritual nourishment from Rabbi Lerner’s High Holiday Services in Berkeley, Ca.
You Don’t Have to Be Jewish to get a lot out of my High Holiday services–people come from all over the world to experience a spiritually rich and nurturing transformative experience in Berkeley, California.  www.beyttikkun.org   Beyt Tikkun High Holy …
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US Politics


We at Tikkun are proud to announce that Rabbi Arthur Waskow and his wife and partner Rabbi Phyllis Berman will be co-leading High Holiday services with Rabbi Michael Lerner on Yom KippurSept. 13-14. You don’t have to be Jewish and you don’t have …
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Spirituality

Being the Love You Seek by Kenneth L. Meyer
A Poem by Spiritual Progressive Kenneth L. Meyer www.drkenmeyer.com A personal reflection on life’s purpose:   To cultivate the courage and willingness necessary to live fully, embodied in our fragile human form, to be fully forgiven and forgiving, non-defensive and …
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Israel/Palestine

Occupation? What Occupation? Uri Avnery on Denial as Central to Israel’s 46th Year of Occupation of Palestine
It is deeply troubling and sad to watch not only Israelis, but also the major institutions of American Jewish life remain in complete denial of the pain caused to the Palestinian people by the continuation of Israel’s occupation and its …
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Israel/Palestine

Two State Solution is the Only Solution–says Uri Avnery, Leader of the Israeli Peace Movement Gush Shalom
Uri Avnery, chair of Israel’s peace movement Gush Shalom in Tel Aviv, challenges those lefties and righties who repeat the mantra that “the 2 state soluiton is dead.” If only the “One State” solution is on the agenda, he points …
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US Politics

How the Market Economy Undermines Ethics
The author of this article ignores the environmental threat to the survival of the human race that global capitalism has become, but his thinking about its destructive impact on the ethical climate is significant (and in part it is the …
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Israel/Palestine

Why the Russian Jews in Israel Vote Reactionary
The Russians Came Uri Avnery http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Russians-Came-by-Uri-Avnery-130428-758.html April 27, 2013                                                WHEN THE huge immigration wave from the Soviet Union arrived in 1990, we were glad. First of all, because we believe that all immigration is a good thing …
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Global Capitalism

Drones Over there, total surveillance over here–by Saskia Sassen
Drones Over there, total surveillance over here by Saskia Sassen 19 Feb 2013 http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/02/2013210114231346318.html The massive surveillance system built up over the last 10 years is the domestic companion of overseas drone killings. There are at least 10,000 buildings across …
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Israel/Palestine

Israeli doctors who betray their training
Gideon Levy’s article, Israeli Doctors Who Betray Their Training, http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/israeli-doctors-who-betray-their-training.premium-1.513345 in Ha’aretz, no longer shocks because of the way the US has gotten used to torture by American intelligence agencies and the collaboration of psychologists in the American Psychological Association. Israeli …
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Editorial

Rabbis Get Boxed In: Criticism of Israel at a High Price
The New York Times ran a major story when the rabbis of B’nai Jeshurun synagogue in New York City sent a note to thousands of congregants applauding the UN resolution of November 29, 2012, which admitted Palestine to the UN …
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