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Turn July 4 Independence Day Into Inter-Dependence Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 1:20 PM

[Bring your friends together for a celebratory picnic or luncheon of our inter-dependence, transforming July 4th into a celebration that affirms what is best in America and affirms our interdependence with all of humanity and with our precious planet Earth. Take turns reading the paragraphs below as a...

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Still Honoring Muhammad Ali -- And Why That Matters

(4) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 8:07 PM

Can you imagine my surprise when I got a call from a representative of the Muhammad Ali family a few days before his memorial in Louisville, telling me that Ali had remained a "fan" of mine and of Tikkun magazine for decades (long after we had been friends and allies...

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Sanders Is Israel's Best Friend in 2016 Election -- Precisely by Refusing to Bow to Its Current Reactionary Government

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 8:50 PM

I wasn't surprised when the NY Times on May 26th made a front page story out of the alleged damage Senator Bernie Sanders was doing to the Democratic Party by placing among his 5 appointees on the Democratic Party's Platform Committee a few people who might support Sanders' view that...

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Bernie: Create a Tea Party of the Left Within the Democratic Party Now

(128) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 7:20 PM

Much of my family perished in the Holocaust, so I'm well aware of the danger of repeating the terrible mistake of spending more energy fighting against each other than fighting Hitler's fascist movement. While neither Trump nor Cruz are quite as explicitly genocidal as Hitler intended to be, and made...

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How Change Happens

(23) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 6:29 AM

The last thing America needs is another "realist" or liberal compromiser as President. You never know what is possible until you fight for what is desirable. The realists are almost always wrong.

The assaults on Bernie Sanders' presidential candidacy reached new lows in the past week. Unable...

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Chanukah and Christmas: A Return to Hope

(3) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 7:45 PM

Honestly, do you know anyone who hasn't been suffering from a case of acute despair, depression or cynicism about the world in the past few months? For some it might have started long, long ago, when three of the more hopeful public figures of the 20th century, President Kennedy, Bobby...

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Here Is How to Stand Up for the Refugees

(13) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 7:05 AM

Please call your Senators to tell them you Welcome Syrian Refugees and urge them to vote "NO" if a bill comes to the Senate for a vote to make it more stringent to accept refugees from Syria and Iraq to the US. You can call the Capitol Switchboard on Monday...

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After Paris: A World That Has Lost Its Ethical Direction and Spiritual Foundation (and a Media that Cheer Leads for Fear and Militarism)

(8) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 7:07 AM

For many years, we at Tikkun and the Network of Spiritual Progressives have warned that the domination and power-over strategies to achieve "homeland security" have been tried for over 7,000 years and all they have produced is more wars and violence, interspersed with short periods of peace that have, with...

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Obama and Netanyahu's "Make Nice" Meeting: Bad for Peace, Bad for Israel

(37) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 7:24 AM

When Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama meet in the White House today, their goal will be to make amends in light of Netanyahu's unprecedented attempts to manipulate the U.S. Congress and the American public into opposition to the Iran Nuclear deal negotiated by six countries including the U.S.

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Netanyahu: Have You No Shame?

(37) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 1:16 PM

Israel's Prime Minister attributing the Holocaust to Palestinian influence over Hitler is a "Blood Libel" level lie.

In the Middle Ages, some Christians claimed that Jews were kidnapping Christian children and using their blood to make Passover Matzah (which in Jewish law would make the Jewish kidnapper a murderer, deserving...

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Stop the Violence in Israel/Palestine

(72) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 9:50 AM

As we watch in horror as violence in Israel and Palestine escalates and there continues to be needless and senseless killings, we offer a prayer of love, compassion and strength.

May Israelis and Palestinians find the love that resides deep in their hearts and pulses through all of us, the...

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Why I am Joining Other Faith Leaders to Stand With Families of Police Victims for #RiseUpOctober

(3) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 8:19 AM

The numbers are shocking. According to a new study by the Washington Post and Bowling Green State University, at least 1100 people were killed by police in 2014, the highest number in decades. Only one officer was convicted of any crime for every 1,000 killed, the study found. So far...

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Save the Pope's Radical Prophetic Message from Media Trivialization

(6) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 8:35 AM

The recent national conference of the Religion Newswriters Association in Philadelphia focused on preparing the several hundred media attendees for how to cover the Pope's visit to the U.S. this week. But in panel after panel, we were presented with leaders of the Catholic Church who were unsympathetic to the...

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We All Should Be Repenting for the Suffering of the Refugees

(19) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 8:32 AM

Our global economic and political system is the root cause of the problem, so instead of blaming Europe, let's fix the problem

As we watch millions of refugees struggling to survive, hundreds of thousands of them seeking refuge in a Europe which has by and large shut its doors to...

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Turn Independence Day July 4 into Inter-Dependence Day

(5) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 8:50 AM

July 4 has traditionally been a day to celebrate the U.S. and there is much to celebrate in the goodness of this wonderful country, even while acknowledging all of the nation's problems. Yet a focus on what is good in the U.S. too often slips into chauvinist nationalism. So we...

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The Path to Defeat Racism

(7) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 8:08 AM

Co-authored with Cat Zavis

Racism is the demeaning of an entire group of people and refusing to see them as fully human in the way we see ourselves and those we deem to be "like" us. When we fail to see the "other's" humanity, we ascribe to them all of...

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The Pope Might Save the Planet... if You Would Join an Interfaith Effort to Support His Direction!

(27) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 4:27 PM

Pope Francis' Laudato Si plea for environmental sanity and a serious recommitment to the Bible's call for humanity to be stewards of this planet earth just might make a huge difference by puncturing through the emotional depression that keeps most of the people of the earth paralyzed in face of...

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Progressive Jews Rejoicing in the Pope's Plan to Recognize Palestine

(28) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 3:47 PM

Jewish liberals and progressives reacted with enthusiasm to the announcement May 13th that the Vatican will recognize the Palestinian State.

Truth is, we have rejoiced in the many steps that Pope Francis has taken to take seriously the biblical injunction to pursue justice and to protect our global environment. Now...

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The Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

(16) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 8:06 AM

It's time to sweep aside all the illusions:

*That the national environmental organizations have a secret plan to save the environment but just haven't told us yet

*That local acts of environmental sanity in a few dozen urban areas will make a dent on the global degredation of the life-support-system...

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A Passover Seder Supplement (Not Just for Jews) to Bring to Your Family and Friends

(2) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 9:14 AM

Tonight, April 3rd, is the beginning of an 8 day celebration of the liberation of Jews from being enslaved to the Pharaoh of Egypt some 3250 years ago. Most Jews will invite their non-Jewish friends to this celebration at a ritual meal following a text written 1,800 years ago.


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