Award-winning Tikkun Magazine

“Tikkun offers deep, insightful critique of our current political and social realities, as well as promising a vision for a spiritually grounded movement that might one day birth a new America.”– Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

“Tikkun has been a huge force of inspiration and motivation in my life; it has always impelled me to think new thoughts, and to open my mind and heart. My life would have unfolded very differently without it. I have turned to it for guidance when difficult issues are afoot and I need to sort through how to think about things.”  – Nanette Schorr, subscriber, NSP member & chapter leader

In This Issue

  • Beyond Patriarchy: An Unexpected Encounter

    Jihan McDonald shares a story of an unexpected encounter with strangers in a store that forces the author and all of us to look beyond patriarchy, its binary categories, and the way it keeps us separate from the stranger/other and the Earth itself. "I must get away from HISstory and HERstory and get into THISstory: this story that the Earth is telling itself through us, this story that the Earth is telling the Universe through us, and vice versa." Read more...

  • Animal Allies: Healing and Empowering Children

    Brenda Peterson shares a personal interaction she has with young students in which a tribal method of storytelling surprisingly becomes a method for healing and empowering the children. "When children claim another species as not only their imaginary friends, but also as the animal within them—an ally—doesn't that change the outer world?” Read more...

  • Beyond Patriarchy: What to Do with the Legacy of Trauma and Fear

    Rabbi Tirzah Firestone delves deeply into the legacy of fear and trauma that is left in the wake of patriarchy, and argues that, if we are to heal from this trauma, we must reclaim the connections between body-knowing and cerebral understanding, individual and community, and personal and collective memory. Her analysis provides an opportunity for both personal and societal healing that can move us to a more loving future. Read more...

Why You Should Care

Read about what’s really driving today’s conflicts. Learn how our analyses and approaches address the underlying problems – so we don’t keep making the same mistakes again and again!

In our current society, the top 20% of the wealthy own 85% of the wealth, and the bottom 80% own just 15% of the wealth. What’s more, the top 1% of the wealthiest in the US population own 40% of the wealth.

“Globally billionaires made enough money in 2017 to end world poverty 7 times over.” This kind of economic inequality quickly translates into inequities in health, longevity, education and opportunities in retirement without financial worries.

Tikkun Response: To address economic inequality that results in disparities in education, healthcare, longevity, etc., we advocate for systemic changes including mandatory living wages, basic guaranteed income, and universal healthcare to insure that everyone’s basic needs are met, and a maximum yearly income.


The number of hate groups has risen 20% since 2014. 2017 was the third straight year to witness a rise in the number of hate groups and was the first year since 2009 that hate groups are documented in all 50 states. [Southern Poverty Law Center]

Hate groups attract people who feel lonely and marginalized and are yearning for a sense of belonging and purpose. They help people feel part of something larger than themselves. They pit the needs and desires of historically marginalized groups against those of white working-class people, claiming that if oppressed groups gain more rights and access, then the average white working-class person will lose the little she/he has. This sleight of hand allows hate groups to blame oppressed groups and the Left for the struggles of working class people instead of the unequal distribution of wealth and power and the failure of both political parties to create a society based on generosity rather than selfishness and greed.

Tikkun Response: We acknowledge that people are attracted to hate groups for valid reasons (namely, a desire for belonging, meaning, and purpose). Tikkun encourages social change movements to simultaneously meets these psychological and spiritual needs while advocating for economic, political, and environmental justice. We also promote a compassionate understanding of people by insisting that, even when their behavior is actively harmful, their humanity is undeniable.


“Earth’s average temperature has increased about 2 degrees Fahrenheit”

If increases such as this are allowed to continue without addressing the cause of climate change, we will see a rise in disrupting and dangerous weather conditions such as extreme heat waves, wildfires, flooding, and drought that will continue to negatively affect health, agriculture, and ecosystems.

Tikkun Response: Small tweak policy approaches such as cap and trade are insufficient to address the urgency of the problem and put out the real and proverbial fires. What we need are visionary approaches that address the underlying systems and structures that allow climate change to continue unabated. Our proposed Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution would take a major step in the direction to save the life support system of the planet.


How You Can Help

You Can Make a Difference….by Joining with Us

Tikkun’s approach is grounded in a worldview of love, in which love and kindness, generosity and caring for each other and the earth dominate over the current worldview of materialism, selfishness, and greed. To transform our economic and political world, we need to do a few key things:

Work with us to:

  1. put forth a positive vision of the world we want, rather than what we are against;
  2. emphasize our shared humanity and reject the tendency to shame and blame those not yet on our side;
  3. address the psychological and spiritual pain generated by the ethos of materialism and selfishness endemic to the competitive marketplace and strengthen the yearning most people have for respect, recognition, and a life of higher meaning.

Together We Can Fight for Social Change

Tap into the power of community to heal the world. This is Tikkun!

Connect with Tikkun’s activist arm, The Network of Spiritual Progressives, to ignite social change that will help shift mass consciousness, challenge status-quo ideas about what is possible, and build a movement that is psychologically sophisticated, welcoming, embodies the values of the world we want, and seeks both inner and systemic changes to heal and repair the world. Join our community!

Our spiritual activist training helps you create an NSP chapter to both foster and be the change you wish to see in the world. Click here to learn more.

We presently have 14 chapters worldwide that support and promote visionary policy and social changes for a “New Bottom Line” which prioritizes justice, peace, and the well-being of the planet and all its inhabitants over money, profit and power.

We call this a New Bottom Line – Caring for Each Other and Caring for the Planet.

By deeply understanding today’s economic, social, environmental, racial and religious challenges, we find solutions. Read Tikkun!

The Artists of Tikkun

There’s a reason that Tikkun’s stories are so memorable.

The publication marries art and words to deeply engage readers in the story.

Thanks to the amazing Tikkun artists, the picture is clear.