Summer 2015 Table of Contents

Drawing of Martin Luther King



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Letters to the Editor


Repenting for What Israel Did to Gaza—Without Condoning the Wrongs Committed by Hamas
The human suffering is monumental. The political consequence was a major rightward turn in Israel that shaped the 2015 Israeli elections.

A Spiritual Practice of Forgiveness and Repentance
You don’t have to be Jewish to benefit from the spiritual wisdom of Jewish High Holidays!

Israel and the Republicans: Hoping for a U.S. War with Iran
But it’s actually the last thing the United States or Israel needs.


Net Neutrality and the Fight for Social Justice
Net neutrality is not just for techies. The digital roots of the Black Lives Matter movement show why we must fight to keep the internet open to all.

Acknowledging the Other’s Suffering: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Trauma in Israel/Palestine
Even in situations of extreme trauma and asymmetrical power, it’s possible to move beyond an us/them mentality. Here’s how.

The Spiritual Dimension of Social Justice: Transforming the Legal Arena  
We need a new legal paradigm that affirms the spiritual dimension of our common existence. Join our efforts to place empathy at the center of the law.

Online exclusive: experts respond to Peter Gabel’s call to transform the justice system.

Rethinking Agriculture: Protecting Biodiversity Amid Climate Chaos  
Biodiverse systems are more resilient to climate change. As the oceans rise, we must hasten to stop the spread of monocultures and protect biodiversity.


Nonviolence Writ Large
Nonviolence could be the way of nations—and that might just save us.

Alternatives to War from the Bottom Up
Simply opposing war is not enough—we need to put forward credible alternatives. Nonviolent statecraft is within our reach.

Revolutionary Nonviolence: Statecraft Lessons from the Global South
Nonviolent activists in the Global North have much to learn from their counterparts in Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania, India, and Grenada.

Strengthening Local Economies: The Path to Peace? 
To understand the rise in terrorism worldwide, we must examine the impact of global consumer culture on communities across the planet.

Online Exclusive
Making Nonviolent Statecraft into a Self-Evident Truth
by Marc Gopin


The Genesis of Gender 
A closer look at the Book of Genesis reveals how deeply the gender binary is ingrained in our culture. What would it mean to smash this binary?

Lessons from the Shadow Side of Football: Building the Religious Counterculture
To uproot our most entrenched institutions, we need a countercultural vision. The story of professional football illustrates why.

Love for the Prophet Muhammad: A Key to Countering Islamism and Islamophobia
Neither Islamophobic westerners nor militant Islamists are right about the Prophet Muhammad—he believed in nonviolence, not retaliation.



A Scientific View of God

A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our Planet by Nancy Abrams | Review by Rami Shapiro

What Can Replace Prison?

Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison by Nell Bernstein  Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better by Maya Schenwar | Review by Al Hunter

Jacob Chose Hospice: A Critique of Invasive End-of-Life Care

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande | Review by Martha Sonnenberg

The Poetry of a Jewish Humanist

Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems 1980-2015 by Chana Bloch | Review by Philip Terman


Babel by Chana Bloch

Do You See Me by Jay Hopler


Writing and Spirituality
Nobody Home: Writing, Buddhism, and Living in Places by Gary Snyder, in conversation with Julia Martin

Capitalism and Humanity
Balancing on a Planet: The Future of Food and Agriculture by David A. Cleveland
The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible by Charles Eisenstein
Capitalism: A Ghost Story by Mary Arundhati Roy
Restoring the Soul of the World: Our Living Bond with Nature’s Intelligence by David Fideler

Jewish Thought
Human Nature & Jewish Thought by Alan L. Mittleman
Jews and Genes: The Genetic Future in Contemporary Jewish Thought Edited by Elliot N. Dorff and Laurie Zoloth



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