Fighting to Abolish Unjust Debts: Check Out Tikkun's Winter 2015 Issue


Jubilee and Debt Abolition
It’s the Jubilee Year according to the Jewish Calendar – the year when all debts are to be forgiven and all land redistributed in equal parcels. In a time when debts have reached unprecedented levels and people are suffering under this burden, how can people of all faiths – as well as our contemporary secular societies – be inspired by this radical biblical vision? The Winter 2015 issue of Tikkun features people putting the concept of Jubilee into action in the fight for debt abolition.
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Now, for your taste of the magazine…

Sabbatical Year and Jubilee in Twenty-First-Century America
by Michael Lerner
Painting of hands reaching out and the earth.A campaign to reinstitute the Sabbatical Year and Jubilee in industrial societies could fundamentally transform the global capitalist system. Read More »

Adapting Ancient Ethical Principles in Modern Times
by David Korten
Girl swinging up an umbrella made of money.How might we update the Bible’s call for the periodic redistribution of wealth? Could we use estate taxes to create a trust fund for every child? Read More »

Jubilee on Wall Street: Taking the Bull by the Horns
by Shane Claiborne
Person blowing shofar as money falls from the sky.Jubilee was God’s alternative to empire, to Wall Street, and to the patterns of injustice. Let’s commit wild and joyful acts of Jubilee every day. Read More »

Reimagining Jubilee: A Political Horizon for Our Times
by Pamela Brown
Woman holds sign that says Economic forms of Jim Crow continue to exist throughout the credit industry today. A modern call for Jubilee would seek to level the racial playing field. Read More »

You Are Not a Loan: Strike Debt and the Emerging Debtors Movement
by Hannah Appel
People speaking about their debt.Millions of Americans incur debt to pay for basic needs. To escape this trap, we must “come out” as debtors and start experiencing our debts collectively. Read More »

Power Without the King: The Debt Strike as Credible Threat
by Paul Hampton
Illustration of protesters against debt in front of a financial institution.If we want to abolish debt, we’ll have to do it ourselves. If debtors refuse to pay, our debts cease being our problem – they become the bank’s problem! Read More »

Buddhism and Debt
by Alex Caring-Lobel
Karmic cycleWhat resources does Buddhism offer toward Jubilee? To achieve the Buddhist goal of release from karmic debt, we must annul economic debt. Read More »

A Religious Movement to End Predatory Payday Lending
by Rachel Hope Anderson
Protestors in front of a payday loan business.Interfaith coalitions have much to offer in the fight against abusive loans. Read More »

Transcending Market Logic: Envisioning a Global Gift Economy
by Genevieve Vaughan
Illustration of a woman holding a child.The act of mothering shatters the market-based expectation of equal exchange. Building on that model, let’s build a global gift economy. Read More »

Debt Forgiveness: Who Owes Whom for What?
by Nancy Holmstrom
Graduate with a ball and chain attached to his ankle.Most debtors have committed no wrongs, so what is called for is liberation – not forgiveness. The colossal, valid debt that remains is climate debt. Read More »

Building an International Bank for Right Livelihood
by Joel Magnuson
Smiling Bhutanese woman.It’s time to create an alternative to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund – a global bank that prioritizes sustainability, not growth. Read More »

Embracing the Radical Economics of the Bible
by Marcus Borg
Sacks of grain.The spirit of the Jubilee laws is clear and relevant: to prevent the emergence of a permanently impoverished underclass. Read More »

A New Take on the First Commandment: Building the Religious Counterculture
by Ana Levy-Lyons
Stones engraved with the Ten Commandments.If we worship anything, it should be the power of liberation. The first commandment warns us away from wealth, status, and other false gods. Read More »

Between Paradigm Shift Judaism and Neo-Hasidism: The New Metaphysics of Jewish Renewal
by Shaul Magid
Woman with tefillin.Led by Reb Zalman, the Jewish Renewal movement ushered in a new Aquarian Age of Judaism. To make it stick, we need to talk metaphysics. Read More »

Renewal Judaism: Building Closeness to God
by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
Reb Zalman reading the Torah.Seeing Earth from outer space and surviving the Holocaust forced us to rethink our relation to the Torah. This paradigm shift is still underway. Read More »

Growing Toward God: Jewish Movement through an Axial Age
by Yotam Schachter
Redwood trees.Just as plants are heliotropic beings that grow toward the sun, we humans are theotropic beings that grow toward God. Read More »

Silencing Dissent: How Biased Civil Rights Policies Stifle Dialogue on Israel
by Chip Berlet and Maria Planansky
Protestors covering their mouths and holding a sign.Packed with right-wing demagogues, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has started using its authority to suppress legitimate criticisms of Israel. Read More »

What Makes a Poem Jewish?
by David Danoff
Painting of a Jewish family.Review ofThe Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American PoetryEdited by Deborah Ager and M.E. Silverman. Read More »

Loving at the Wrong Time
by Katie Herman
Out of focus image of people in a city.Review ofThe Road to Emmausby Spencer Reece. Read More »

Transcending Economic Dualities
by Miki Kashtan
Illustration of heads.Review of Think Like a Commoner: A Short Introduction to the Life of the Commons by David Bollier. Read More »

Reading Death
by Erica Brown
Hands holding a candle.Review of To Mourn a Child: Jewish Responses to Neonatal and Childhood Death Edited by Jeffrey Saks and Joel Wolowelsky andKaddish: Women’s VoicesEdited by Michal Smart and Barbara Ashkenas. Read More »

Embracing Change: Forgotten Traditions Within Sephardic Judaism
by Tzvi Marx
A sephardic synagogue.Review of Rabbinic Creativity in the Modern Middle East by Zvi Zohar. Read More »

POETRY: Demitasse
by Phillis Levin
A cup of coffee.You evaded the fire-storm, reaching the shore / Of the New World long before, so nothing / To speak of has shaken you more than the rage / In my father’s voice or my brother’s infant fist / Shattering a pane of the china closet, leaving you / Unharmed (the shards swept away, the glass / Replaced in a day). Read More »


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