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Tikkun is thankful for YOU!

Nov27

by: Tikkun on November 27th, 2014 | No Comments »

We at Tikkun would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Whatever this holiday may mean to you, we hope you get to enjoy it safely and pleasantly with the ones you love.

We’d like to take the time to thank everyone involved with our cause: our readers, writers, bloggers, editors, managers, administration, interns, volunteers, and all other supporters! You all mean so much to us and we are truly thankful to have such encouragement out there in the world. Together, we can make a change.

You all have shown us that it is possible with your donations–we’ve made it over the $2,000 mark and are taking big strides toward our goal. Don’t forget that if you make a donation or join NSP, you get the newly released album Radical Amazement. It’s an extremely diverse compilation of voices and songs that is sure to have something for everyone. It makes for the perfect holiday music: uplifting, catchy, and powerful. Don’t miss out!

And for a little extra holiday reading, here are some popular, insightful posts that have been featured on Tikkun Daily in the past. If you like what you see, please help us keep afloat with your donations!

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Would you buy Tikkun a cup of coffee?

Nov14

by: Tikkun on November 14th, 2014 | No Comments »

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We’re charging forward with our Fall Fundraising Drive, only $90 away from hitting $2,000. Will you be the generous reader who tips us over the $2,000 mark? Donate now!

If small monthly contributions are more manageable, we have set up that option on the donation page. In the world of $5 lattes ($7 if you want a large with soy milk), we’re asking our readers to honestly gauge their capabilities. Can you sacrifice that latte once, maybe twice, a month – and instead put $10 away each month toward making a better world? We at Tikkun are confident in our abilities to make big changes, and for good reason.

Recently, we drew national attention and recognition for the amazing quality of the print edition of Tikkun. The Religion Newswriters Association granted us with the 2014 award of “Magazine of the Year: Overall Excellence in Religion Coverage”.

We have reported on the exciting new frameworks and projects that could lead us toward opening our borders, ending deportation, ending mass incarceration, ending predatory cycles of debt, and rethinking the relation between identity politics and class struggle. And we’ve opened readers’ eyes to some radical ideas and interfaith discussions about God (not the “big man in heaven”). Our publisher (Duke University Press) doesn’t allow us to share the full versions of these articles freely online, so to get them you have to sign up for a print or online subscription (which is free with membership in the NSP).

With that, we leave you with a testimonial from one of our devoted readers, Charley Lerrigo.

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How Your Donations Will Change the World

Oct30

by: Tikkun on October 30th, 2014 | No Comments »

The Tikkun Daily Winter Fundraising Drive is in full swing- and we would like to extend a huge thank you to those who have begun to help us reach our goal. We’ve raised 20% of our goal in the first week of our campaign and we couldn’t have done it without your help.

Another vital aspect of keeping Tikkun alive is memberships. Have you joined our movement? Our memberships are on a sliding scale, but if you make a donation of at least $50 you get a free subscription to our print magazine. We are also willing to work with recurring monthly donations, as a steady source of help is much more sustainable in the long run. With the membership, you get access to exclusive web-only offerings and the full web versions of our print articles, along with insider updates on trainings, conferences, and events!

PLUS, Our Special (Musical) Gift to You!

As an incentive we’re offering you a free downloadable album with your donation or NSP membership. Radical Amazement is a collection of songs by a diverse array of artists, all with a message of love, kindness, and generosity. Politics and spirituality blend to create an enjoyable and inspiring musical selection. In one week members of the Network of Spiritual Progressives and donors to our Fall fundraiser will be able to download the full album. So please, if you haven’t already done so, donate here! Trust, us you don’t want to miss out on this musical experience.

Are you curious as to how your donations to Tikkun will bring change to the world? This week we’d like to look at the first reason:our Israel/Palestine Workshops.

We have been leading workshops on “Grieving and Mourning What’s Happening in Israel and Palestine and Learning to Communicate Across Differences” in response to requests from folks throughout the country. This is what some have said about these trainings:

“It was a powerful, life changing workshop”

Or from another:


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I need your help and I need it now.

Oct27

by: on October 27th, 2014 | No Comments »

Rabbi Lerner I understand if you feel deeply troubled by what has been happening in the United States and around the world this past year. I know I do. But I also have a lot to be grateful for in my personal life – my son finished writing his first book (on a phenomenology of hope with a special focus on Martin Buber) and my grandchildren are flourishing into wonderful pre-adolescents. And I’m very proud to tell you that four weeks ago Tikkun magazine received the “Magazine of the Year Award” from the Religion Newswriters Association, reminding the public at large of the high quality of our magazine. And I’m proud that we were among the cosponsors of the Great Climate March in New York City. A Tikkun and Network of Spiritual Progressives contingent marched in it, and I loved being there with 400,000 demonstrators – so many caring and joyous people!

Yet despite these achievements, the political developments in the United States, Israel, Palestine, Iraq, and Syria have been so upsetting that they have interfered with my sleep and the writing I had planned for the year. I have been so upset by the outrageous behavior of ISIS and the simplistic response of the West (“let’s bomb them and then see what happens”), which threatens to deepen the mess we in the United States helped to create with our last invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

All this came after a summer in which Israelis, understandably fearful from the daily bombing attempts that sent them (often several times a day) into air raid shelters to avoid the missiles beings launched by Hamas, allowed themselves to forget (if they ever really understood) the horrible conditions that the Occupation has imposed on Palestinians and the hunger and poverty that their seven-year blockade of Gaza has imposed on Gazans (with the resulting attitude of “if we are going to perish, let’s do it by fighting back” that was propagated by the leadership of Hamas). Meanwhile most Americans rallied around Israel, forgetting that Israel had broken off peace negotiations with the nonviolence-enforcing Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. While the American Jewish community told itself Israel “had no alternative,” we at Tikkun were speaking out to remind people that there actually is an alternative: to end the Occupation of the West Bank. In doing so, Israel would need to embrace generous and caring terms that show real respect for the humanity of the Palestinians – in other words, Israel would need to decide to make peace with the Palestinian people rather than beat them into submission. I’ve specified the terms that I think would bring real peace in the Winter 2014 issue of Tikkun and more fully in my book Embracing Israel/Palestine.

And as if this weren’t bad enough, the right wing in the United States may be on the verge of capturing both houses of Congress. This right-wing resurgence has drawn strength from the racism that has been systematically directed at President Obama. At the same time, Democrats have suffered from Obama’s failure to fight for a coherent alternative to militarism, to resist hate-based policies toward immigrants (he deported more undocumented immigrants than any previous president), and to counter the ethos of selfishness and materialism that is championed by our corporate-dominated culture. And now, the Supreme Court has struck down every legislative attempt to restrain the ability of the rich to shape elections and defacto buy themselves the best Congress that their wealth can buy.

Reading the New York Times these days can leave one feeling heartbroken and powerless. Yet, times like these call us to open our hearts in empathy to all beings and take a stand for love, kindness, and generosity). Times like these call us to push beyond our sense of despair to engage in work that promotes a new worldview – one that inspires us to move beyond our limited belief of what is realistic to imagine and work toward what is desirable. And they call for an alternative that we at Tikkun and our Tikkun Community, also known as the interfaith and secular humanist and atheist-welcoming Network of Spiritual Progressives, has been developing. But to keep that alternative alive, we need your support!

We at Tikkun have some very important ideas about how to change the dominance of the militarists, the cheerleaders for the 1 percent, and the voices of cynicism and despair, but I worry that you and others may have gotten so exhausted by the suffering in the world that you might no longer recognize how important it is to keep Tikkun‘s voice strong by making a generous donation now, even if you already donated this year or rejoined our Network of Spiritual Progressives. I want to highlight some of our great work to help you recognize how important our work is and to inspire you to support us yet again with a tax-deductible donation.

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Tikkun Fall Fundraising Drive: Here’s Our Challenge

Oct23

by: Tikkun Daily on October 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »

Make a commitment to Tikkun Daily today!

We are launching a donation drive to support the future of this collaborative, multimedia, interfaith project. Tens of thousands of readers show up every month to drink in our spiritual progressive perspective on politics, art, religion, and activism. The sustainability of this project is within reach – to move in that direction we need just 500 people to pledge a $10 donation to reach our minimum goal of $5,000 this season. If you can afford more, we will reach our goal that much faster. Help us make it happen!

Tikkun Daily is subsidized by Tikkun Magazine and the Network of Spiritual Progressives. For it to continue, we need to ask Tikkun Daily readers to make a significant contribution. We’re looking for 500 people … by year end.

Click here to donate (donations are tax-deductible since we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit).


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The Jews Of Silence

Aug3

by: on August 3rd, 2014 | 6 Comments »

I had a depressing conversation with a young man (thirties) last night.

I had just heard the report that the “kidnapped” soldier was dead and that, as I had expected, Netanyahu had lied about him right from the beginning. His purpose was to use the soldier to get President Obama to authorize more war, and, if you saw Obama’s  Friday press conference, it worked like a charm.

It’s so obvious. A soldier disappeared after an ambush. There was no body but there were remains to be tested.  Israel could either wait and see if the soldier is among the remains or rush to tell the world and President Obama, with no evidence, that he was “kidnapped.”  It chose the later. Then, after the tests were completed, Israel quietly announced that the soldier was dead all along. Meanwhile another 200 Palestinians were killed.

This is so loathsome on so many levels, including Netanyahu’s propensity to exploit the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens to initiate the war and then the death of a young soldier, he was a kid too, to prolong it. As for the war itself, words fail. If you can look at the pictures of the dead children of Gaza and still support this war, you are hopeless.

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Israel Has Lost the Gaza ‘War’

Aug2

by: on August 2nd, 2014 | 5 Comments »

Israel has decided to unilaterally end its Gaza operation without a diplomatic agreement or a substantive change in its hostile relationship with Hamas and Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank. It has decided to cease talking, and instead will rely on its “deterrence” capabilities – missile strikes and a continued blockade of Gaza – moving forward.

Meaning: Israel has officially lost a tragic ‘war’ it did not need to begin, a war Hamas did not want but in the end fully embraced as well, making both parties culpable for all that now remains. Or no longer remains. Israel’s loss is the worst possible outcome for all parties involved, from Palestinians in Gaza to Israelis in Tel Aviv and beyond. All that’s left is the continuation of an unsustainable and dangerous status quo, the reverberations of unspeakable suffering, and an even more intense and stratified conflict. Nothing has been gained. Everything has been lost.

Again.

Only this time, the costs are far greater, and will persist far longer.

On the surface, it might not appear as though Israel has lost this war given how one-sided of a military affair it’s been – given the tunnels and missile caches it’s destroyed. However, that’s only because Israel’s loss marks a simultaneous loss for innocent Palestinians and for Hamas, a loss it may not accept given the humanitarian catastrophe, the price people have paid, with no long-term improvement in their lives to show for it.


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It’s AIPAC’s War Now

Jul31

by: on July 31st, 2014 | 10 Comments »

Writing in Ha’aretz today, Gideon Levy predicts that ultimately the Netanyahu government will pay a heavy price for the atrocities being inflicted on the people of Gaza. He writes:
I’m no fan of Hamas, quite the contrary. But Israel’s attempt to put all the blame on Hamas is outrageous. The international community will soon judge this war’s atrocities. Hamas may be reprimanded, deservedly, but Israel will be condemned and ostracized far more. And then Israelis will say, ‘It’s Hamas’ fault. And the world will laugh.

I don’t agree. I don’t see that happening for one obvious reason: the power of the Israel lobby.

Think about it. When it comes to Israel, the United States is the ball game. It provides Israel with the money, the weapons, and the United Nations’ vetoes that enable both the occupation and its multiple wars (like this one) to preserve it. And that shows no sign of changing.

Watch the television coverage. For three weeks the killing of children and other innocents in Gaza at the hands of the Israeli military has dominated the news. We see the bombs dropping. We see the destroyed schools, hospitals and mosques. We see the parents wailing over the deaths of their children and children wailing at the deaths of their parents and siblings.

But it makes no difference to the United States government which can stop the slaughter with a few words. (Five of those words are “your $3.5 billion aid package.)

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“We’ve Become Cruel”

Jul30

by: on July 30th, 2014 | 7 Comments »

In the 2012 documentary, The Gatekeepers, Avraham Shalom, the head of Israel’s Shin Bet from 1980-1986, reaches the conclusion that Israel’s occupation of Gaza, Samaria and Judea has changed the character of the Israeli people. He says: “We’ve become cruel, to ourselves as well, but mainly to the occupied population, using the excuse of war against terror.”

Shin Bet is the Israeli intelligence organization responsible for Israel’s defense against terrorism. It conducts anti-terrorism and intelligence operations in the West Bank and Gaza. In The Gatekeepers, filmmaker Dror Moreh interviews six men who headed the organization from 1980-2011. They all agree that an end to the occupation is the only way to bring about peace and Israeli national security. They also say that negotiations with Israel’s enemies are necessary.

Shalom argues that Israel ought to talk to any and every one for the sake of peace.

“I said everyone, so it includes even Ahmadinejad, whoever. I’m always for it. It’s a trait of a professional intelligence operative to talk to everyone. Things get clarified. I see you don’t eat glass. He sees I don’t drink petrol. That’s how it is.”

Peace can only come if Israel and the United States talk directly with Hamas and all the relevant parties in the conflict. Secretary of State John Kerry faces criticism in Israel for supposedly being too close to nations who talk to Hamas. They say his cease fire proposals favor Hamas’ position. I say Secretary Kerry has not gone far enough. The Israeli government has not gone far enough to make a just and lasting peace. Both ought to be in a room this very minute talking directly with Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. They should stay until a peace agreement is reached.

Avi Dichter, head of Shin Bet between 2000-2005, says:

“You can’t make peace using military means. Peace must be built on a system of trust, after, or without using military means. In the end you must build it on a system of trust. As someone who knows the Palestinians well, I claim that there should be no problem building a system of trust with them, a genuine one.”

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The Solution to Middle East Chaos

Jul30

by: Tala Haikal and Saliba Sarsar on July 30th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

Aggression and war insidiously and savagely consume the hearts of humanity. Huge amounts of energy, ingenuity, resources, and sacrifice are continuously wasted as people fight in the name of freedom, self-defense, self-determination, God, righteous conquest, justice, national security, and power, typically to no avail.

The specter of vicious but pointless conflict is today most evident in the Middle East, where extremism is on the rise and antagonisms are often fierce. Such dynamics make history, to paraphrase a line from James Joyce’sUlysses, a nightmare from which we are trying to awake. The record of human suffering there is long, and in many ways, it is getting worse.

Gaza, Syria, and Iraq are pained by that same disease of extremism and conflict. Civilians, more specifically children and women, are bearing the brunt of the injustices. In today’s Middle East, we have sacrificed a generation to the flames of rage.

Woman in Gaza/Credit: Creative Commons

The ongoing hostilities between Hamas and Israel, the third outbreak of such violence since 2008, is tragic. Fear grips both Israelis and Palestinians and as innocents die or are wounded, with the majority being the elderly, women, and children. The Palestinian death toll, as of July 23, 2014, has reached over 680 and the wounded more than 4,220.UNRWA says more than 100,000 Palestinians in Gaza are internally displaced. This is not to mention the destruction of homes, schools, hospitals and basic infrastructure.

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