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Prayer for Peace
A Prayer for Peace Avinu ve’ emoteynu sheh ba shamayim, tzur Yisra’el ve’ go’aloe Our Father and Mother energies in the cosmos, the rock of Israel and our salvation Bless all the peoples of the Middle East with peace, security, …
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Israel/Palestine

Israel: STOP the Invasion and Bombing of Gaza, and Let the Palestinian Prisoners Go
This article can be read on the home page of Huffington Post as it appears Friday morning, July 18. Israel: Stop the Invasion of Gaza, Stop the Bombing of Gaza, Free the Palestinian Prisoners According to Ha’aretz correspondent Amira Hass, the IDF has …
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Each Person a Full World
Each one is a world 7:34pm We were sitting at Lincoln Park in West Seattle, with a handful of friends who had gathered for a picnic potluck, awaiting others who would be joining us shortly. A Facebook message came through on …
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Israel/Palestine

Hamas Must Stop Attempting to Bomb Israel
Hamas is “objectively even if not subjectively” the best friend of the Israeli settlers, right-wing Israeli extremists, and the Netanyahu government. Hamas leaders know very well that their bombs are not getting through Israel’s missile shield. There is no possible …
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Netanyahu Says NO to Independent Palestinian State; Israeli Dharma Group Confronts Israeli Settlers’ Arrogance and Violence
Editor’s note: We got this article (printed below) from the Times of Israel, in which Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu fully reveals that he never intended and never will negotiate an independent Palestinian state. To some this is shocking news and all …
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US Politics

Refusing Sanctuary to Children in Need
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20140629-refusing-sanctuary-to-children-in-need.ece Refusing sanctuary to children in need Exactly 75 years and one month ago the St. Louis, a German trans-Atlantic liner carrying 938 Jewish refugees, was turned away from the United States, forced to return to Europe. U.S. law didn’t …
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Israel/Palestine

Women Rising in the Middle East
Women Rising for the Middle East, in solidarity with Zahira and the women of ME Dearest Zahira, dearest Wise Women of our Circle, First, Zahira, thank you for connecting with all of us as the unbearable situation unfolds in Palestine …
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Israel/Palestine

End the Violence in Israel/Palestine: Cease Fire NOW!
Once again the violence of the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza and the violence of Hamas and other extremist groups in Gaza have combined to create a spiraling violence that serves the extremists on …
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Judaism

Remembering Reb Zalman–Members of our Tikkun Community Share Their Memories
A variety of Memories of Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi (z’l). We invited people in the Tikkun community to share some memories of their personal connections to Zalman. We cannot publish them all—so many hundreds of people pouring out their wonderful …
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Israel/Palestine

Israeli Lies to Justify Attacks on Hamas Exposed (sadly) Plus more on the War Israel is Waging Against Palestinians
Editor’s Note: The following article from The Forward by JJ Goldberg tells us how the Israeli government lied about what it knew and when it knew it, and about how it manipulated reports of the circumstances of the kidnapping and murders …
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Israel/Palestine

What the Newspapers Don’t Reveal About the Lynch Mentality Spreading Through Israel
Jerusalem Light Rail Train Amjad Shbita, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, an activist in the Israeli Hadash-Maki party (Jewish and Palestinian socialists), who has also worked at the Knesset as a parliamentary assistant, introduces this harrowing account on Facebook by asking a …
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Israel/Palestine

Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi: The Holy Cobbler with a Secret
  Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi: The Holy Cobbler with a Secret   ….an essay by Shaul Magid The day Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi left this world I happened to be mostly in transit. I took two books with me for the day; …
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Israel/Palestine

Israeli Vengeance Runs Wild–Violating Torah law and International Law
“Thou Shall NOT Take Vengeance” is a key law of Torah, but it is being ignored in Israel today both by the government and by significant parts of the people of the State of Israel (read Chemi Shalev’s article and …
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Judaism

On the Death of Zalman Schachter Shalomi, z’l: A Great Jewish Teacher and the Founder of the Jewish Renewal Movement
Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, and one of the most creative and impactful Jewish theologians of the last forty years, died today. I write with tears in my eyes and love in my heart for …
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US Politics

Noam Chomsky on America’s Real Foreign Policy
America’s Real Foreign Policy: Global Corporatization by Force Whose security is the U.S. military and foreign service protecting? by Noam Chomsky US soldiers participating in live fire drills during NATO training in Germany. (Photo: flickr / cc / MATEUS_27:24&25)The question of …
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Israel/Palestine

Mourning for the Three Murdered Israeli Teens
We at Tikkun are in mourning for the three teens murdered in the West Bank. We find this act painful and outrageous. There can be no excuse for this kind of act. And we know that the revenge/retaliation acts of …
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Israel/Palestine

Free the Kidnapped Israeli Teens
Free the Kidnapped Israeli Teens By Rabbi Michael Lerner Kidnapping anyone, anytime is always a violation of a basic human right. But is even more outrageous when done to children or teens who are particularly vulnerable. So it is with shock and outrage that we at Tikkun …
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Israel/Palestine

The Blind Alley of J Street and Liberal American Zionism: A Critique by Abba A. Solomon and Norman Solomon
Editor’s Note: Tikkun supports J Street, Americans for Peace Now, Jewish Voice for Peace, Rabbis for Human Rights, the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives, and any other organization that is vigorously and non-violently working to end the Occupation of the …
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Oliver Stone on Meeting Mikhail Gorbachev
Introduction from Peter Gabel: The situation in Ukraine remains extremely unstable with pro-Russian separatists still engaged in some street battles with the Ukraine army and the Kiev leadership holding “peace talks” with very limited participation from the pro-Russian sector. Meanwhile, …
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Obstacles to a Just and Sustainable Peace Agreement
It will be no surprise to Tikkun readers to note that we have been strongly critical of the Occupation of the West Bank and its treatment of the Palestinian people. Nevertheless, as I’ve explained in detail in Embracing Israel/Palestine (www.tikkun.org/EIP), we view …
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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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