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        *It approaches issues with intellectual sophistication yet is understandable to anyone who has graduated college and makes a contribution to those who are interested in tikkun olam–the healing and transformation of our world toward a more generous, loving, environmentally sensitive socially and economically just, or spiritually alive and compassionate world. AND/OR

*It in some way brings a compassionate frame to a complex issue, reflecting empathy, or psychological complexity, or a spiritual dimension, which raises new ways of thinking about issues that are currently being discussed or ought to be discussed.

Fall 2015 Table of Contents

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What’s Next for Israel/Palestine

Non-subscribers: This forum is available as featured open-access content on our publisher’s website. What’s Next for Israel/Palestine? An Introduction

Until Two States Exist, Palestinians Deserve Voting Rights in Israel

The Logic of Abandoning the Two-States Campaign

Nonviolence, BDS, and the Dream of Beloved Community in Palestine/Israel

We Need to Make Peace More Lucrative Than Occupation

Israel Can’t Have It Both Ways: Recognize Palestine or Grant Equal Rights

The Only Road to Sustainable Peace: Pluralistic Democracy

If You Want Justice, Support All Forms of Nonviolent Pressure on Israel

Escaping the Two-State Snare

Moving Beyond the One-State/Two-State Debate

Israel’s Human Shields Defense: Shielding Israeli War Crimes

A New Horizon for Peace: An Israel-Palestine Union

State-Building Can Pave the Way to Statehood: Lessons from Kurdistan

Israeli Elections Won’t End Oppression in Palestine/Israel

Closing Thoughts on “What’s Next for Israel/Palestine?”

Online Exclusives

These online exclusives  are freely accessible articles that are part of an ongoing special series associated with Tikkun’s Fall 2015 print issue, What’s Next For Israel/Palestine. A Two-State Solution is the Only Option

The Legacy of Jewish Trauma

“The Ploughshare Without Fear”: Remembering Martin Buber (1878-1965)

Communities of Faith Must Join to Demand an Arms Embargo

Moving Beyond Despair

The Problem with Solutions

On the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Back to Democratic Basics

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State Terrorism in the West

The United States and Terrorism: An Ironic Perspective

Ron Hirschbein
Rowman and Littlefield, 2015

This is a deeply insightful analysis of how self-destructive and dangerous to all humanity U.S. responses to and engagements with terrorism have been. For many decades, Ron Hirschbein has been an intellectual architect of Concerned Philosophers for Peace. He asserts that the U.S. campaign against terrorism has helped produce the very violent world it was supposed to prevent. Terrorism is most widely understood as the intended infliction of violence upon noncombatants or civilians, so it is ironic that most of the Western media fail to notice that the United States and its allies have been engaged in terrorism since World War II, despite sanctimoniously condemning the terrorist actions of others. Hirschbein gives us an alternative history of the past seventy years.

Tikkun Wins 2014 Magazine of the Year Award​

Tikkun is the winner of the prestigious 2014 “Magazine of the Year: Overall Excellence in Religion Coverage” award from the Religion Newswriters Association! Managing Editor Alana Yu-lan Price accepts the RNA award on behalf of Tikkun. Credit: Dawn Cherie Araujo. Tikkun caught the eye of the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA) with our special issue on immigration, which took discussions of spiritual religious principles and values beyond the confines of temples, churches, mosques, and synagogues, and instead debated their application in political and social realms. Reading Puck Lo’s report on a Sikh temple that mobilized to protect a worshiper from deportation, a diverse array of articles on why scripture should energize faith communities to fight for more caring policies on immigration, Ross Hyman’s impassioned article about why it’s a Jewish obligation to stand up for collective bargaining rights, and the many other wonderful contributions to that issue, the judges at the RNA decided to offer this special honor to Tikkun. The immigration issue lauded by the RNA was just one example of the deep convergence of religious and political thought that makes Tikkun powerful and unique.

New Poetry by Philip Terman


Walking to Jerusalem

Pedometer attached to her belt, your mother, spry and strong
at eighty, joins the other Methodist Church members
in calculating the 5,915 miles, no matter the weather, to add up
all the way from Linesville, Pennsylvania to Jerusalem. They need not worry about miracles or pausing
at the signs of the cross. They need not stop for security
to check their purses for weapons. They need no visa
nor baggage, no money to exchange for shekels, no guide-
book, no guide. They need no ancient tongue or prophecies.


by Admiel Kosman
We fastened ourselves to the holy texts
and witnessed wonders,
great was the city that lay before us
lights stretched like ornamental carpets
at night when we entered this cartoon city
within the holy texts
we saw this exquisite place,
spires, towers, gates, niches, stairways. On the stairs the people of the city,
caricatures on parchment, emerged,
received us in friendship
with welcoming faces,
their disasters
very much like ours. Happily in their dream  
they also dressed us fed us bread
and were so glad  
to serve us, free, the living
waters from the stream.  
From Ma ani yakhol/What I Can, 1995
Adapted from the Hebrew by the author with Lisa Katz. Translator Lisa Katz is editor of the Israeli pages of the Rotterdam-based Poetry International Web.

Jewish Thought

Human Nature & Jewish Thought
Alan L. Mittleman
Princeton University Press, 2015

Jews and Genes: The Genetic Future in Contemporary Jewish Thought
Edited by Elliot N. Dorff and Laurie Zoloth
Jewish Publication Society, 2015

One of the popular ways to dismiss plans for healing and transforming the world is to assert that the distortions we see in the contemporary world are an inevitable outcome of a fixed human nature. In his careful examination of Jewish thought, Alan Mittleman insists on the centrality of moral personhood not constrained by any set of conditions external to the process of ethical reflection and intuition. Not only are reductionist programs incoherent, he argues, they are also absurd. He argues for real freedom and transcendence but simultaneously insists on our human limitations: “We are holy—and capable of unimaginable evil.” Holding both, he suggests, is one of the great strengths of the Jewish tradition. Some genetic diseases are more prevalent among Ashkenazic Jews than among the general population, largely because Jews were always a small population and historically predominantly married only other Jews.

Writing and Spirituality

Nobody Home: Writing, Buddhism, and Living in Places
Gary Snyder, in conversation with Julia Martin
Trinity University Press, 2014

Nobody Home presents three interviews conducted by South African scholar and writer Julia Martin with the poet Gary Snyder that take place from the late 1980s to 2010, along with a selection of letters between them covering the same period. Martin was a young academic in apartheid South Africa when she first reached out to Snyder, motivated by her critical work on his poetry and thinking. Martin’s study and practice of Buddhism and her intuitive grasp of Snyder’s importance as a forefather of a growing international movement of spiritual environmentalism provoked Snyder to respond with sympathy and encouragement. They had an instant rapport in letters, which led to the interviews. This is a great period for Snyder, as his thinking about the nondualism of self/no-self and its relation to the world and all phenomena is culminating in his concentration on finishing Mountains and Rivers Without End, one of the crowning works of his generation of poets.

Summer 2015 Table of Contents



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Featured Poet: Chana Bloch

Selections by Philip Terman

Swimming in the Rain

Swaddled and sleeved in water,

I dive to the rocky bottom and rise

as the first drops of sky


find the ocean. The waters above

meet the waters below,

the sweet and the salt,


and I’m swimming back to the beginning. The forecasts were wrong. Half the sky is dark


but it keeps changing. Half the stories

I used to believe are false.

The Spiritual Dimension of Social Justice: Responses to Peter Gabel

Tikkun received a number of letters and essays in response to Peter Gabel’s Summer 2015 print article, The Spiritual Dimension of Social Justice: Transforming the Legal Arena. We publish them here in full. To join the conversation, write letters@tikkun.org. Essays
A Response from the River Jordan
by John Henry Schlegel

A Reply to Peter Gabel and John Schlegel
by John Farago

Spiritual Evolution and the Law
by Bruce Peterson

The Problem is that Life is Imperfect
by James P. Gray

History and Transcendence
by Gary Peller

Letters from Mika Dashman and Glen T. Martin. If you appreciate these free web-only articles, please help us continue publishing important work by becoming a print subscriber or offering a donation.

Pastoral Prose Poetry

Urban Pastorals

Clive Wilmer
Worple Press, 2014

In this short, rich book of prose poems, Clive Wilmer renews the pastoral tradition by eschewing romantic idealizations and coming into contact with the living image of an Eden corrupted by natural processes. Those processes, which connect us to the mystery of life and spirit, include both the workings of memory and the mechanisms of civilization. Wilmer’s memories are of a midcentury South London childhood “injured by enemy bombs”; of wooded commons where trees were “the very image of freedom in community”; of discoveries of Shakespeare’s power and Louis Armstrong’s musical “good place, where the leopard lies down with the kid”; and of art as “the expression of man’s pleasure in labour.” These memories form a groundwork for his warmly drawn and enigmatic human portraits, which enliven a religious vision that is convincing for its glowing clarity and sense of scale. Also recommended: Wilmer’s New and Collected Poems (Carcanet, 2012).  

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