Politics & Society

Culture

How to be More Effective at a Thanksgiving Gathering This Year

Read Rabbi Lerner’s notes on how to be more effective at Thanksgiving.
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Economy/Poverty/Wealth

The Sequel: life after economic growth

Shaun Chamberlin writes about the central dilemma in our globalized world: “either cease growing, and so collapse the economy on which we all depend, or continue to grow until we overwhelm and destroy the ecosystems on which we all depend.”
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War & Peace

The boy who taught me about war and peace

Ariel Dorfman reflects on war and peace: “What is lacking is the realization by us all that peace is a daily task, that must be carried out not by heroic, exceptional beings, but by every concerned parent and every vulnerable child.”
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Politics & Society

After Pittsburgh: Grieve, Rejoin the Fringes of America, and VOTE!

Rabbi Arthur Waskow urges us not to abandon our commitment to compassion in the wake of the Pittsburgh shooting. Instead, we must “respond by putting every effort for one week into Growing the Vote to renew and strengthen American democracy.”
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US Politics

The Obligation to Speak Up in the Age of Trump

  David Lehrer, who headed the West Coast ADL for 27 years, and now runs Community Advocates, Inc., a non-profit since then, sent Rabbi Moshe Levin this piece he published.  Rabbi Levin adds: “I can not imagine a better expression/response to …
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US Politics

The Politics of Neoliberal Fascism

Henry Giroux warns us about the ghost of Trump’s fascistic agenda disguised as neoliberal policies and the danger it poses to American democracy.
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery, leader of the Israeli peace movement Gush Shalom, 1923-2018

Tikkun grieves and mourns the passing of the founder and leader of Israel’s peace movement, Gush Shalom, Uri Avnery. Until the last moment he continued on the way he had traveled all his life. On Saturday, two weeks ago, he collapsed …
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War & Peace

Homage to the Syrian Revolution by Andrew Heintz

Tikkun Editor’s Note: Tikkun does not have a position on the issues raised by the Syrian revolution, except to say that we oppose all violence and know that the forces seeking to replace Syrian dictator Assad were committed to non-violence …
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US Politics

Dr. Jerome Segal forms Bread and Roses Party

BREAD AND ROSES – NEW PARTY ESTABLISHED   A new political party has been formed in Maryland, ahead of the November elections. It’s being spearheaded by philosopher Dr. Jerome Segal, a conflict resolution expert at the University of Maryland, who …
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Politics & Society

When My Mother Wanted to Die

Ageism is so pervasive that we barely even stop to acknowledge it. This has drastic consequences when the limits of our compassion begin impacting healthcare policy.
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US Politics

Rabbi Lerner interviews Congressman Keith Ellison

Rabbi Michael Lerner interviews Congressman Keith Ellison. They cover everything from identity politics to the Global Marshall Plan to Ellison’s decision to leave Congress and run for Attorney General of Minnesota.
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Politics & Society

Suffer the Little Children

Through the lens of Trump’s Zero Tolerance policy, Michael Bader examines how we can channel our pain and empathy that are “fueled by feelings that originate in the deepest recesses of our psyches and find expression in a progressive political campaign.”
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Politics & Society

On the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassination

On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, Peter Gabel reflects on the history of racism in the U.S. and our failure to exist in mutual recognition of one another’s being.
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Politics & Society

Not on My Watch: A Response to Hate

Barbara Artson writes about the plight of the Rohingya people, “a Muslim minority forced to leave their homes in the predominantly Buddhist Myanmar (Burma), whose government claims they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, and therefore they deprive them of their rights as citizens.”
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Social Hope in the Time of Trump

In this article Ronald Aronson reports that, contrary to what many may have expected, there has been an increase in social hope––what he defines as “the disposition to act collectively to improve our situation”––since Trump took office.
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