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Environment

The Fossil Fuel Globalists Ruining our Lives
Are You Ready for an Epoch Fail? Globalists Really Are Ruining Your Life By John Feffer You know the story: the globalists want your guns. They want your democracy. They’re hovering just beyond the horizon in those black helicopters. They control …
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US Politics

Toward Empathizing with the Intolerant
Toward Empathizing With the Intolerant: The Unrecognized Core of the Left’s Humanitarianism By John McFadden In 1945, philosopher Karl Popper set the standard for validating liberals’ intolerance of conservatives’ prejudices. It’s now common to argue, as he did, that intolerance …
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Environment

Biological Annihilation A Planet in Loss Mode
By Subhankar Banerjee If you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening to the nonhuman life forms with which we share this planet, you’ve likely heard the term “the Sixth Extinction.” If not, look it up.  After all, a superb environmental reporter, …
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US Politics

Israel’s High Court of Justice Paves the Way for Cleansing Palestinians from Silwan
A note from Tikkun’s Israel ally B’tselem   High Court of Justice paves way for cleansing of Palestinians from Silwan Yesterday, Israeli High Court justices Barak-Erez, Baron and Elron rejected an appeal filed by 104 residents of Silwan to overturn …
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War & Peace

Should House Dems Make a Militarist Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee? By Stephen Zunes
Stephen Zunes urges readers to tell the Democratic Party leadership to not give Engel the chairmanship of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
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Economy/Poverty/Wealth

Can You See Me?
CJ Rosenblatt writes about her interactions with a homeless Seattle woman: "While I was trying to save her, it was Liz who saved me from my growing cynicism and fear."
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US Politics

Oy– a website that urges: Kill LGBTQ People, Jews, & Black People to Win Big at These Video “Games” by Warren Blumenfeld
{Editor’s note: Below–A horrific report on right wing extremist “fun” that endangers Jews, Blacks and LGBTQ people} by Warren Blumenfeld Reply to me, Tikkun Kill LGBTQ People, Jews, & Black People to Win Big at These Video “Games” By Warren J. Blumenfeld …
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US Politics

Saint Oscar Romero: “Cease the Repression” (in Honduras and on our borders)
      Saint Oscar Romero: “cease the repression”                                         by    Marco A. Gandásegui, Jr.                  …
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US Politics

The Dream Defenders and False Accusations of Anti-Semitism
by Donna Nevel False accusations of anti-Semitism are always shameful. They wrongly smear people and groups for actions and behavior they are not guilty of, often with destructive consequences; they also make a mockery of, and trivialize, real acts of …
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US Politics

This Country by Judy Kronenfeld
      Anti-Semitism was something that happened in history that happened in other places.         —Sophia Levin, 15, Tree of Life congregant My immigrant father, born in Germany, was “a little roughed up” after Hitler, after the first anti-Jewish …
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Interfaith

Rev. Buford presents an African American perspective on the massacre of Jews in Pittsburgh
[Editor's Note: Rev. Buford was the first person to call me after the massacre of 11 Jews in Pittsburgh Oct. 11, with a message of solidarity and an inquiry about what Jewish religious service he and other clergy from the …
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War & Peace

Trump is putting us On The Road to World War III
[Editor's note: Thanks to our media ally TomDispatch.com for sharing this insightful and worrisome analysis of the way President Trump is setting up the world for a possible nuclear war.--Rabbi Michael Lerner  rabbilerner.tikkun@gmail.com]   The New Global Tinderbox It’s Not …
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US Politics

Activism is the Rent I Pay For Living on This Planet
Our Rent is Due by Dana L.  Sinopoli, PsyD In the past seven days of this country, a man executed two Black people at a grocery store; bombs were mailed to opponents of the president; and 11 people were murdered …
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US Politics

White “Christian” Supremacist Theology and Fascist Politics & Tree of Life Murders
[Editor's Note: The word "Christian" appears in quotes to indicate our recognition that those who claim to be Christian while actually preaching violence and hate promote a "Christianity" that is the exact opposite of what our Jewish brother Jesus  of …
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War & Peace

Hating Muslims in the Age of Trump by Juan Cole
The New Islamophobia Looks Like the Old McCarthyism By Juan Cole These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell’s 1984. Are we at war this month with Oceania? Or …
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Cynthia Travis reviews Deena Metzger’s latest novel A Rain of Night Birds
Book Review for Tikkun by Cynthia Travis of A RAIN OF NIGHT BIRDS by Deena Metzger   Natural Law was here before and will be here after we’re gone. Western law was not here then and will not last. ~ …
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Help #StopKavanaugh
Help #StopKavanaugh––attend vigils tonight, march tomorrow, and call your Senators!
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US Politics

A Year After Harvey in Houston
A Year After Harvey, Tikkun Olam Still Prevalent in Houston By Avital Ingber, Kari Saratovsky and Sacha Bodner In his beloved book, The Sabbath, Abraham Joshua Heschel poignantly writes: “Judaism is a religion of time aiming at the sanctification of …
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War & Peace

The American War in Yemen by Rajan Menon
[Thanks to our media ally TomDispatch.com for sharing this article with Tikkun readers on yet another sin of the U.S. government--our participation in the mass killing of Yemenites. --Rabbi Michael Lerner  rabbilerner.tikkun@gmail.com ] The American War in Yemen by Rajan …
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Disobedience Here Below
Joint Sermon: Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellerman & Rabbi Alana Alpert Sept. 10th, 2019Ordained from Hebrew College of Boston in 2014, Rabbi Alana Alpert serves a dual position as rabbi of Congregation T’chiyah and Director of Detroit Jews for Justice. Because they …
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Judaism

For the Sins–a contemporary version of atonement on Yom Kippur and all year round–and not just for Jews!
For Our Sins  as Individuals and As a Society  –a contemporary version of the Al Kheyt prayers for Yom Kippur and year round!! And not just for Jews! [We invite you to share this with your friends of all religiosn …
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How rootedness in biblical tradition might inspire civil disobedience
Ordained from Hebrew College of Boston in 2014, Rabbi Alana Alpert serves a dual position as rabbi of Congregation T’chiyah and as a community organizer with Detroit Jews for Justice. Because they have been working closely together on the Michigan …
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US Politics

What Will Donald Trump Be Remembered For?
Tom Engelhardt argues that Donald Trump will be remembered as the President who committed one of the greatest crimes in history: the destruction of our environment.
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Judaism

What the Shofar Teaches about T’shuvah by Lisa Rappaport
Everything I Need to Know About Teshuvah I Learned From the Shofar…   Lisa Rappaport Teaching for Selichot Service 5778 Congregation Netivot Shalom – Berkeley, CA       Ram’s horn…Wake us up! Blast your song! For we have wandered. …
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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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Global Capitalism

Nazis on the March in Germany
by Tikkun’s Berlin Correspondent Victor Grossman Ten eventful days in Germany set alarm signals clanging louder and louder – worst of all in the East German state of Saxony –– but in Berlin as well!   In the first episode, …
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US Politics

AntiSemitism & Corbyn’s run for Prime Minister of the UK
  [Editor's note: this article appeared in Mondoweiss, an important cite presenting frequently accurate critiques of Israeli policies. It is written by an author who has never been willing to write for Tikkun, perhaps because we address not only the …
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Israel/Palestine

Palestinians Facing the Normalization Dilemma by Yoav Peck
THE NORMALIZATION DILEMMA by Yoav Peck With the death of Uri Avneri, we have lost one of our bravest and clearest voices. I knew Uri and liked him, we met several times in the last few years. In one of …
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US Politics

Another Anti-war Hero Passes: David McReynolds
A Death in the Family: David McReynolds, Pacifist, Socialist, Ailurophile by Judith Mahoney Pasternak A great force for a peaceful world left the planet when David McReynolds, who for decades was the best-known voice of American radical pacifism, died August …
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US Politics

Can the World Unite Against Trumpism?
Editor’s Note: Thanks to our media ally TomDispatch.com for sharing this article with Tikkun. Can Donald Trump Unite the World (Against Himself)? The Rise of an Anti-Trump Movement Globally — and on His Home Turf By Dilip Hiro One thing already …
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Israel/Palestine

Palestinians Fearing “Normalization” of the Occupation–A critical perspective by Yoav Peck of the Sulha Peace Project
For 18 years, the Sulha Peace Project has brought together Palestinians from across the territories with Israelis from around the country, in order to hold people-to-people dialogue and solidarity-building. Of late, many of our Palestinian activists have endured harsh anti-normalization …
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Israel/Palestine

Tens of Thousands of Israelis Protest the New “nation state law” in Tel Aviv
Read the full story at : https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-arabs-to-lead-tel-aviv-march-in-protest-against-nation-state-l-1.6365103 Tens of Thousands Gather in Tel Aviv for Nation-state Law Protest Led by Israeli Arabs Protesters waving Palestinian and Israeli flags, chanting: ‘Nation-state is apartheid’ ■ Netanyahu: There is no better testimony for the …
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Israel/Palestine

When did Hitler Decide to Murder all Jews?
Adolf and Amin by Uri Avneri 28/07/18 BINYAMIN NETANYAHU is a perfect diplomat, a clever politician, a talented leader of the army. Lately, another jewel has been added to his crown: he is also a gifted story-teller. He has provided …
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Activism

From Protest to Paradigm: Two Keys to Success in Our Nonviolent Revolution
Michael Nagler describes how we can make the necessary shift in our vision and strategy in order to "liberate our imagination to describe the ideal world we're working for, a world based on that higher image of humanity."
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Judaism

Fasting An Act of Mourning & Protest–a note for Tisha B’av and beyond
Reflections on Fasting (and not Fasting) of Tisha b’Av (2018) Shaul Magid   I am lucky. I fast pretty easily. I always have. Once in 1978 when I was a steadfast macrobiotic and living in Albuquerque, New Mexico I fasted …
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Christian Liberation Theologian Boff on the Karmic Weight of Brazilian History
Editor’s Note: Christian Liberation Theologian Leonardo Boff presents a framework for understanding the current moment in the suffering and struggle in Brazil by stepping back from the details and contextualizing it in the cosmic evolution of a spiritual world seeking …
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Politics & Society

The Holocaust Did Not Begin with Killing; it Began with Words
Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld recognizes the differences between Nazi Germany and Trump's America, but still asks "why can we not understand as Jews the similarities in the themes of oppression, of scapegoating, of demonizing, of dehumanizing, of marginalizing people who are only asking for a better life?"
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Poverty Consciousness: Confronting Our Fear of Falling
"Our society underestimates the turmoil and cognitive dissonance educators experience having to manage complex layers of adversity." Dr. Raquel Ríos introduces us to a framework to help combat this dissonance.
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US Politics

Celebrating July 4th in the Trump Years
Celebrating July 4th in the Trump Years: Make it Inter-Dependence Day to Challenge the Ideology of Right Wing Ultra-Nationalism  by Rabbi Michael Lerner  editor Tikkun magazine   A July 4th  “ Seder”  In past years, faced with July 4th celebrations that …
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US Politics

Zero Tolerance: An Open Letter from Jewish Writers about U.S. Immigration Policy
Several days ago, Donald Trump was forced by mounting protests to end his policy of separating children from parents accused of illegally crossing the American border. Once separated from their mothers and fathers, these boys and girls were transported to …
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US Politics

Ariel Dorfman: I was not in a cage, but was scarred for life
Many questions swirl around Donald Trump’s executive order that supposedly reverses his policy of breaking up families at the border, but one thing is certain amid so much confusion, hypocrisy and ineptitude: permanent damage has already been done, and more …
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US Politics

YES, I am a Socialist…A note from candidate for Dem. nomination for U.S. Senate from Maryland
[Editor's Note: Tikkun does not endorse any candidates for office. We are publishing this only to let you know that in Trump's America, a socialist can run for office, and even be heard by some people. That broadens the public …
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US Politics

The Audacious and Inspirational Gift of Pride: How 50 Years of Hopeful Resistance Can Inspire Us Today
by . Rabbi Mike Moskowitz and Rev. Dr. Amy Butler  A prominent progressive faith leader posted a question on Facebook this week asking other faith leaders and scholars “How are you doing with everything that is going on politically?”  This has been …
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Israel/Palestine

Intimate Violence and the Violence of Intimacy: Reflections on the Israeli TV Show Fauda
by Aryeh Cohen The Israeli show Fauda has become a celebrated example of a veritable renaissance in Israeli television. After much anticipation following its critically acclaimed inaugural season, the second season dropped at Netflix on May 24. This hit show …
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Beyt Tikkun Member Cecilia Wambach Featured in SF Chronicle for work with refugees
Beyt Tikkun Synagogue-Without-Walls  members were inspired at our High Holiday services last year when Beyt Tikkun member Cecilia Wambach, a retiree, reported on her volunteer work with children refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos who had escaped from Syria …
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Israel/Palestine

Uri Avnery reflects on Yitzhak Rabin, the assassinated prime minister of Israel
Editor’s note: Uri Avnery is the leader of the Israeli peace movement organization Gush Shalom.–rabbilerner.tikkun@gmail.com   The Siamese Twins 16/06/18   After commenting on most of the episodes on the first Israeli Prime Ministers in Raviv Drucker’s TV series “The …
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Politics & Society

The War on Neighborhoods
In his review of Ryan Lugalia-Hollon and Daniel Cooper's The War on Neighborhoods, Theodore Richards breaks down the false dichotomy between individual and community, and reminds us that "[g]enuine healing can happen only through an integration of the soul and the cosmos."
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US Politics

A Poor People’s Campaign Activist Reports on Its Reality in Greensboro North Carolina
A Greensboro Social Justice Activist on the Poor People’s Campaign We are two weeks into a six-week season launch of moral resistance and revival when my friend and mentor of nearly fifty years, Reverend Nelson Johnson, brings those assembled up …
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Israel/Palestine

Israeli Mental Health Professionals on Recent Events in Gaza
 Editor’s Note:  Many Americans and American  Jews rejoice in encountering the psychologists in Israel who are retaining sanity in the midst of so much brutality and craziness.–Rabbi Michael Lerner    rabbilerner.tikkun@gmail.com Israeli mental health professionals’ statement regarding the recent events …
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Israel/Palestine

Interview with Ehud Barak (former Prime Minister of Israel) and Steve Zunes’ response
Editor’s note: this interview took place before the killings of over 100 Palestinians and the wounding of several thousand at the fence separating Israel from Gaza in late April and May ( sorry that it took this long to get …
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