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High Holiday Workbook 2012
by Michael Lerner
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 …
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Spirituality

Spirituality of Work
by Joan Chittister
    Why work? For the Benedictine spirit, work is not simply work. Whatever kind of work it is— professional or technical, physical or intellectual, financial or social— it is to be good work, work that makes the world a better, more …
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Judaism

Rav Kook on Loving Humanity as well as Jews
by Michael Lerner
Rav Kook on Relating Israel and Humankind – 2 With translation by Rabbi Itzhaq Marmorstein and some comments by Dr. Yitzhaq Hayut-Man, we bring here two  passages from the Rav’s notebooks. Rav Kook was the inspired religious leader of Palestine …
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Judaism

Rabbi Kook’s Understanding of Israel and Humankind
by Michael Lerner
Editor’s note: What’s attractive about this piece is the way it highlights the universalism in Rabbi Kook, whose teachings were twisted by his son into being a cheerleader for right-wing politics. Yet what still remains troubling is the insistence that …
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Judaism

The Spiral of Jewish Learning
by Michael Lerner
The Spiral of Jewish Learning  by Natan Margalit Posted May 29, 2012 by nmargalit in Organic Torah. 1 Comment As we come to the end of the school year, it is traditional to reflect on one of the central values in Judaism: …
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Environment

Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on Nature and Nonviolence
by Michael Lerner
Nature and Nonviolence by Thich Nhat Hanh [Listen to Audio!] You don’t discriminate between the seed and the plant. You see that they ‘inter-are’ with each other, that they are the same thing. Looking deeply at the young cornstalk, you …
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US Politics

An Ancient Text from Judea with a Tikkunish vision of the “I” Anochi that is the God of Sinai
by Michael Lerner
Excerpts from The Thunder: Perfect Mind (Translated by Rev. Hal Taussig and others from a text in Coptic from the Nag Hammadi library, 1st 2 centuries of the Common Era.)   I [in Coptic, Anokh] am the first and the last I am she …
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Judaism

Sayings of the Jewish Buddhist
by Michael Lerner
Sayings of the Jewish Buddhist If there is no self, whose arthritis is this? Drink tea and nourish life; with the first sip, joy; with the second sip, satisfaction; with the third sip, peace; with the fourth, a Danish. Wherever …
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Judaism

A Mystical Message about Chanukah from Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi
by Michael Lerner
Reb Zalman is one of the most inspired teachers of Judaism alive today. I was blessed to have him as my teacher for thirty years while I studied under his supervision for my smicha (rabbinic ordination), and he chaired the …
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Environment

The Earthist Creed
by Barry Saiff
The Earth is precious, we have no other home. The people of the Earth are one people. The differences between us are small Compared to our common nature And our common future, as humanity. Every person deserves To share in …
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Activism

A letter to those who care about Tikkun surviving from Rabbi Michael Lerner, Nov. 14, 2011
by Michael Lerner
I don’t know if you got the snail mail letter I sent a few weeks ago but since I haven’t heard from you, I’m trying email. I like to update our community each year about my personal news and our …
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Judaism

Code Pink Activist Rae Abileah addresses members of the Network of Spiritual Progressives at Beyt Tikkun High Holiday services Sept. 29, 2011
by Michael Lerner
Shana tova!  I am so moved to be here in prayer with this vibrant, strong, brilliant community, and to be standing here on the bima in front of you all is something I could never have dreamed of. I feel …
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Judaism

Was Jeremiah a Failure?
by Michael Lerner
Editor’s note: When as a teenager I became immersed in the writings of the Prophets, I was most excited by the Prophet Jeremiah. My parents, who thought I was making a big mistake to have decided to become a rabbi, …
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Judaism

Leadership by Silence–commentary on the first parsha of Deuteronomy–Devarim
by Michael Lerner
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Christianity

A Christian Response to Climate Change
by Michael Lerner
Discerning Climate Change as Climate Injustice and Colonization of the Commons: A Christian response By George Zachariah An alternative theological engagement with climate change begins with the discernment of the problem. Discernment involves the courage to critically evaluate the dominant …
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US Politics

Is the Crisis of Capitalism Terminal?
by Michael Lerner
Editor’s Note: Leonardo Boff is a noted South American liberation theologian. Is the Crisis of Capitalism Terminal? Leonardo Boff* I believe the present crisis of capitalism is more than cyclical and structural. It is terminal. Are we seeing the end …
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Israel/Palestine

A Palestinian Calls For Loving: What Jesus Would Do Facing the Occupation
by Michael Lerner
Sami Awad Executive Director, Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem, Palestine WWJD? A Non-Violent Conflict Resolution for Palestine How could a person living under military occupation, experiencing first-hand suffering and humiliation, even think about loving the enemy, let alone urge family, friends …
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Judaism

Torah Commentary: Bamidbar (In the Desert)
by Michael Lerner
Ambiguity and Mystery vs. Clarity & Display – Bamidbar 2011  by Rabbi Zalman Kastel We crave clarity in an ambiguous world. In the early 90′s I struggled to decide on a vocation. Did I want to join the Chabad movement’s …
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Judaism

Torah ideas from Zalman Kastel
by Michael Lerner
Degradation & Grime, Abundance & “Good Breeding” Bechukotai 2 2011 How do we respond when confronted with the impact of degradation on people? Political correctness seems to demand that because people are of a minority we must never speak about …
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Judaism

Kedoshim–the Holiness Code in the Book of Leviticus
by Yehonatan Chipman
Crossposted from Hitzei Yehonatan. “You Shall be Holy, for I the Lord am Holy” A commentary on the first sentence of the Torah portion that might literally be translated as Holies or Holy Ones. A friend of mine and loyal …
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Judaism

A Beautiful Story of a Conversion to Judaism
by Michael Lerner
Please listen to it at http://www.jewintraining.com/ Leigh Marz began a yearlong process of converting to Judaism in 2004. In preparation for Leigh’s conversion ceremony her “Jew coach” (as Leigh calls him) asked her to share a written summary of her experience …
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Food/Hunger

Reclaiming the Sacred in Food and Farming
by John E. Ikerd
Farming is fundamentally biological. The essence of agriculture begins with conversion of solar energy through the living process of photosynthesis. The food that sustains our lives comes from other living things. If life is sacred, then food and farming must …
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Judaism

Akiba…a Passover poem by Muriel Rukeyser
by Muriel Rukeyser
One of the great poems of the 20th century — surely the greatest American Jewish poem. It should be read during Passover (it begins with a celebration of the Exodus) and celebrates the Jewish tradition but reaches far beyond it to the whole of Humanity.
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Passover Haggadah Supplement 2011
by Michael Lerner
In this year of uprising in Egypt what does the Passover story have to say to us? What would liberation throughout the world mean? FOR YOUR SEDER, here is a Haggadah supplement — not a replacement. If you don’t normally …
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Judaism

A Spiritual Message of Purim
by Kala Perkins
Purim has a hidden but deep spiritual message.
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Christianity

A European Revival of Liberation Theology
by Ulrich Duchrow
What should Christianity be saying about global capitalism?
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Judaism

The Spiritual Messages of Chanukah and Christmas — and Their Downsides
by Michael Lerner
Christmas and Chanukah share a spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope in a world of darkness, oppression and despair.
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Spirituality

Try a Spiritual Progressive Approach to Thanksgiving This Year!
by Michael Lerner
No matter how difficult it may be in a world filled with pain and cruelty, there are moments when it is important to stop looking at all the problems and focus on all the good.
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Judaism

The Spirit of Sukkot Contradicts Israel’s Occupation of Palestine
by Michael Lerner
Is it anything more than hypocrisy for Jews to dwell in sukkot this holiday, pretending to make ourselves vulnerable to material insecurity, when in fact we have huge material and military security but instead are imposing insecurity on the Palestinian people?
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Judaism

For Those Approaching High Holidays with a Heavy Heart
by Tikkun
Is there a place for the heavy of heart in the Rosh Hashanah experience?
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Judaism

America Needs Repentance: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Atonement Are Not Just for Jews
by Michael Lerner
Now that the Iraq war is supposedly winding down, America needs a period of reflection, repentance and atonement before rushing into more of the same mistakes we've been making globally and domestically.
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Spirituality

An Interdependence Day Celebration for July 4
by Michael Lerner
Faced with July 4th celebrations that are focused on militarism, ultra-nationalism, and "bombs bursting in air," many American families who do not share those values turn July 4th into another summer holiday focused on picnics, sports, and fireworks, while doing their best to avoid the dominant rhetoric and bombast.
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Christianity

Spiritual Wisdom for Easter: Affirming the Resurrection
by Michael Lerner
From Peter Rollins on ways in which he denies the resurrection ... and so do we all.
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Judaism

Next Year in Jerusalem? Passover for those whose moral compass has not gone dead
by Michael Lerner
Here is a series of articles that may help you negotiate through the Passover holiday and the ethical morass facing those who wish to celebrate the holiday of our freedom from slavery without going dead to the reality of the Jewish people's role in the suffering of the Palestinian people, today, right now, as we celebrate this year's Passover!
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Judaism

Spiritual Wisdom for Passover: Seder Haggadah Supplement
by Michael Lerner
I’d like to share an excerpt from the Passover supplement published in the March/April 2010 issue of Tikkun. Passover is not meant to be merely a celebration of the Jewish victory for liberation in our past, but is rather meant …
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Christianity

Kairos Document of Christian Palestinians
by Tikkun
A Palestinian Christian appeal to Jews, Muslims, Christians and the entire world, issued in 2010.
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