Summer 2012 Table of Contents

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Letters to the Editor

Editorials

Tikkun as a Quarterly
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Iran, Israel, and Obama
Global disarmament—not the legitimization of preemptive strikes—is the best to way avert nuclear war. Meanwhile, the specter of mutually assured destruction means any nukes ever created by Iran would be unusable and thus not a crisis for Israel or the United States.

Rethinking Religion

Levinas, Hitlerism, and New Atheist Revisionism
by JEFFREY D. BOLDT
A Levinas-inspired retort to scholars who blame religion for all the wars and evil facing humanity.

Rethinking the Doctrines of the Trinity and the Holy Spirit
by BRIAN McLAREN
Trinitarian theology has been twisted for centuries to centralize the power of heresy-hunters, but—properly understood—it can still be a healing teaching.

Privacy and Personhood in a World Without Mystery
by RAFAEL CHODOS
What is lost when we start to see ourselves as the sum of our demographic information, Facebook updates, and transactional histories?

The Difference Between Holy and Nice
by ANA LEVY-LYONS
Politeness—what could possibly be more antithetical to the heart of religion?

Politics & Society

All We Have in Common: Youth Dialogue Offers a New Vision for Israel/Palestine
by PENNY HOLLAND
The openhearted listening encouraged by Israeli-Palestinian dialogue programs may be our best hope for overcoming vicious cycles of trauma and violence.

Statism and Anti-Statism: Reflections on Israel’s Legitimacy Crisis
by NATHANIEL BERMAN
Campaigns against the “delegitimization of Israel” obscure a long history of intra-Jewish—and even intra-Zionist—contestations over the question of the state.

Drug Prohibition Is the Problem: Reflections from a Former Judge
by JAMES P. GRAY
Years on the bench convinced this former judge that drug decriminalization is the answer—even for harder drugs.

Special Section

Introduction to Our Special Section on Playful Distractions
by MICHAEL LERNER

Burning Man, Desire, and the Culture of Empire
by FENTON JOHNSON
A soulful journey through the eight-day festival that claims to be both a social movement and “part of a solution to our modern malaise.”

Online Ministry in a Massively Multi-Player World of Warcraft
by WILDSTREAK/SWEETWATER
Posed as an elf, a Christian minister becomes an online role-player not to win but to offer compassion.

Culture

Books

Retelling Hasidism for the Twenty-First Century
A Hidden Light: Stories and Teachings of Early Habad and Bratzlav Hasidism by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Netanel Miles-Yepez
Review by SHAUL MAGID

A Memoir of Gender Transition
Through the Door of Life by Joy Ladin
Review by JHOS SINGER

Literary Bridges to the Middle Eastern “Other”
Tablet & Pen edited by Reza Aslan
Out of It by Selma Dabbagh
Review by ASHLEY BATES

When American Jews Were Divided and Weak
Jews Without Power: American Jewry During The Holocaust by Ariel Hurwitz
Millions of Jews to Rescue: A Bergson Group Leader’s Account of the Campaign to Save Jews from the Holocaust by Samuel Merlin
Review by RALPH SELIGER

Much More Than a Historical Novel
Far Away from Where? by Yehiel Grenimann
Review by JEFFREY M. GREEN

Music

A Jewish Composer for Our Time
Living Breathing Earth
Streams in the Desert
Albums by Meira Warshauer
Review by ANNA RUBIN

Poetry

Bamian: A Photograph from Tricycle, 2000
by ALAN WILLIAMSON

Tikkun Recommends

The Republic of Nature by Mark Fiege

Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone

The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups by Starhawk

Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World by Dalai Lama

Happiness by Joan Chittister

Very Near to You: Human Readings of the Torah by Avraham Burg

Covenant & Conversation: A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible by Jonathan Sacks

Wisdom by the Week: The Weekly Portion as Inspiration for Thought and Creativity edited by Naftali Rothenberg

Second Person Singular by Sayed Kashua (translated by Mitch Ginsburg)

Rise by Yosef Gotlieb



Masthead

Editor: Michael Lerner

Editor at Large: Peter Gabel

Managing Editor: Alana Yu-lan Price

Assistant Editor: Ashley Bates

Art Direction and Design: Duke University Press Journals

Poetry Editor: Joshua Weiner

Assistant Poetry Editor: Lindsay Bernal

Film Critic: David Sterritt

Literary Editor: Julian Levinson

Web Design: Craig Wiesner and Derrick Kikuchi

Fulfillment: Faiza Farah

Contributing Editors: Gil Anidjar, Bradley Shavit Artson, Michael Bader, David Biale, Paul Buhle, Arnold Eisen, Roger S. Gottlieb, Josh Healey, Mark LeVine, Ana Levy-Lyons, Shaul Magid, Ruth Messinger, Ben Naperstek, Or Rose, and Stephen Zunes.

Interns and Editorial Assistants: Adrienne Cacitti, Felicia Greiff, Janet Scognamiglio, Sophia Strosberg, Martha Woolverton, and Sandra Yolles (editorial); Hassina Obaidy and Nabeel Younan (web); Andrea Rowe and Jill Rubin (art); Alexandra Eilerson Posey (operations); and Michael Sikora (editorial and community organizing).

Publisher: Duke University Press

 

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