Tikkun Rabbi Michael Lerner: Discussion of Presbeterian Divestment of Zionist Occupation Allies (Motorola, Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard Et Al)

Editor’s Note: We invited the Relgious Action Center of the Reform Movement and J Street, both of which have opposed the Presbyterian divestment resolution, to respond to those who support the Presbyterian resolution. Neither agreed to do so. Tikkun has sought to be a safe space in which both sides could present their thinking. But …

Tikkun Rabbi Michael Lerner: The Blind Alley of J Street and Liberal American Zionism

The Blind Alley of J Street and Liberal American Zionism by Abba A. Solomon and Norman Solomon It was a clarifying moment on April 30 when the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations rejected an application for membership from J Street. For several years, the J Street leadership has worked hard to create …

Tikkun Rabbi Michael Lerner: Call for a New Language of Environmental and Social Responsibility, a New Spiritual Covenant

[ Editor’s Note: Henry Giroux, a frequent author for Tikkun magazine, calls for a movement that challenges what Giroux calls “the neoliberal nightmare” and presents a new language of civic values and social responsibility.The ESRA–the Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the Spiritual Covenant with America at www.spiritualprogressives.org are examples of …

TIkkun Rabbi Michael Lerner: Shulamit Aloni, z’l, Israel’s most principled elected official

Editor’s Note: Shula Aloni was the most principled Israeli elected official I ever met, a champion of the downtrodden and a fearless crusader for the rights of Palestinians. So i was very delighted when she agreed to speak at Tikkun’s “Strengthening the Peace Forces” conference that we convened in Jerusalem in 1991 and a subsequent …

Tikkun Rabbi Michael Lerner: Earth-Honoring Faith

Earth-Honoring Faith by Larry Rasmussen Tikkun, January 10, 2014 The crisis we face is not environmental, it’s civilizational. There are far too many people consuming far too many resources for the planet to bear. As the climate changes, how do we undertake the hard transition from an industrial-technological civilization to an ecological-technological civilization? However we …

Tikkun Rabbi Michael Lerner: Identity Politics and Spiritual Politics

Recommended reading. Shifting U.S. Demographics Demand New Cross-Racial Coalitions by Sam Fulwood IIIObama won by appealing to a broad swath of voters—the young, ethnically diverse, and non-affluent—who typically aren’t a part of the traditional political calculus. But he failed to garner much support among older, white Americans. If our political fights pit one group, one …

Tikkun Rabbi Michael Lerner: Uri Avnery & MJ Rosenberg on Israel’s Latest Mishugas

Editor’s Note: It’s hard to know the right reaction to Israel’s latest craziness (mishugas)—its attempts to block Obama’s deal with Iran to stop the potential militarization of Iran’s nuclear capacity. Israel is trying to block the deal by using its American allies to push the Senate to vote on new sanctions against Iran now, instead …

Tikkun Rabbi Michael Lerner – Heather Linebaugh on Ending Drone Program

Heather Linebaugh’s personal account of her work on the US drone program gives one set of reasons for why that program should be stopped immediately. Another reason was given by the Prime Minister of Pakistan two days ago: the use of drones in Pakistan violates the national sovereignty of that country and is protested by …

Tikkun Rabbi Michael Lerner: Conflict of Two Judaisms — Judaism of Love and Judaism of Conquest

A Jewish State Would Not Be Oppressive or Racist Toward the Powerless, the Immigrants, the Homeless, The Other–an essay by Uri Avnery Editor’s Note: Uri Avnery, a committed atheist, and chair of Israel’s peace movement Gush Shalom,  recognizes that the real problem in Israel today is not that it is a Jewish state, but that it …

Tikkun Rabbi Michael Lerner: War on Poverty Round Two — Theater, But Worth Noting… + Poverty RECAP

Great news! Congessman Keith Ellison, who represents Minneapolis/St Paul in the U.S. House of Representatives, introduced a resolution in effect endorsing the NSP version of a Global Marshall Plan into the House of Representatives as H Res 439. It was referred to the Republican controlled Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives. Please read …

Tikkun Rabbi Michael Lerner: Obama Suppressing 6,000-Page Report on CIA Torture Adopted by Senate Intelligence Committee

Obama Suppressing 6,000-Page Report on CIA Torture Adopted by Senate Intelligence Committee by: David Harris-Gershon on December 14th, 2013 | 3 Comments » Over a year ago, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to adopt a historic, 6,000-page report which contains “startling details” about CIA misdeeds related to its torture program. The report, which cost $40 …

Tikkun Rabbi Michael Lerner: Mandela’s Utilitarianism and the Struggle for Liberation

Tikkun’s Contributing Editor Stephen Zunes shows why non-violence became so significant in the struggle for liberation in South Africa.  Mandela’s utilitarianism and the struggle for liberation STEPHEN ZUNES 13 December “Mandela was a great leader because he recognized that the movement had become a civil insurrection, a largely nonviolent struggle. A great leader is one who …

Tikkun Rabbi Michael Lerner: Lynce Pinkard on Revolutionary Suicide – Risking Everything to Transform Society and Live Fully

Revolutionary Suicide: Risking Everything to Transform Society and Live Fully by Lynice Pinkard Tikkun, October 22, 2013 Global capitalism is a system, or rather, an interlocking network of systems. Permeating every area of our lives, it operates much like the Catholic Church operated in Europe before the Reformation. It transcends nationhood but is immersed in …

Tikkun Rabbi Michael Lerner: Sigfried Gold on 7 Reasons for Spiritual Progressives to Engage Humbly with Fundamentalists

7 Reasons for Spiritual Progressives to Engage Humbly with Fundamentalists by: Sigfried Gold on November 12th, 2013 | 6 Comments » Progressives deliver lofty words about embracing people who are different from us, but we often fail to put those words into practice when it comes to religious fundamentalists. In truth, there are many deep …

Rabbi Michael Lerner: 40 BIllion Habitable Planets?

Spiritual Progressives need to take time away from dealing with the craziness of politics and economics on our planet, and even from the huge amount of suffering caused by those systems and the way the values of selfishness and materialism get internalized into the consciousness of so many of us, and just celebrate the amazing …