What does “tikkun” mean?
What is the connection between Tikkun magazine and the other organizations/entities on the website?
The Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) is the social action branch of Tikkun that meets to discuss ways to create social change.
The Tikkun Institute [link to page on website] is a fellowship program in which fellows will participate in online discussions, shape conferences, create teach-ins or other public events aimed at refreshing public discourse, as well as write, edit, and solicit Tikkun content.
Beyt Tikkun is a synagogue without walls. It is a Jewish Renewal spiritual community based on a vision of a Judaism of Love. Beyt Tikkun services integrate deep spiritual wisdom and experiences with the prophetic Jewish tradition that calls for love and justice. Services are occasionally held at Rabbi Lerner’s home, and spaces are rented out for larger services and events.
I don’t like to get involved with politics. Is Tikkun for me?
Since the word “tikkun” comes from the Jewish tradition, is Tikkun a Jewish organization and magazine? What about people who are not Jewish, spiritual, or religious?
What does Tikkun mean by spiritual?
Who writes the articles in Tikkun? Can I write something for Tikkun?
Is Tikkun a print magazine, an online magazine, or both?
Why does Tikkun put so much emphasis on theory? Isn’t activism for social change really enough?
Why bother trying to get people to agree to a shared worldview?
Democrats in office largely promote policies that continue to benefit the ruling elite while providing some minor safety net and social rights for marginalized groups. These are important to be sure, but inadequate to address the genuine discontent, both economic and spiritual in people’s lives. The liberal and progressive world has no coherent worldview to which it educates the larger public and which it uses as its criterion for what policies and programs to support or oppose. To read more, please read Rabbi Lerner’s article: Why the Right Keeps Winning and the Left Keeps Losing.
Why is it important to bring spiritual consciousness into social change movements?
A spiritual transformation of our society requires more than tweaking a broken system to alleviate some of the pain of the system. It requires a complete restructuring of society so that values of love, kindness, care, generosity, justice, peace, and sustainability infuse every aspect of our society – economic, political, social, educational, legal, healthcare, etc. This kind of transformation calls us to see the humanity of one another above all else.