Michael Lerner

Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun Magazine: a bimonthly Jewish and Interfaith Journal of Politics, Culture and Society. He is chair of the interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives, author of 11 books including Healing Israel/Palestine: A Path to Peace and Reconciliation, and rabbi of Beyt Tikkun synagogue in San Francisco.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Benjamin Netanyahu's Fantasy World
" If you take out Saddam, Saddam's regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region. " –Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu urging the US to invade Iraq in 2002. Netanyahu's speech to Congress was brilliantly deceitful because it played to the fantasies that...
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Mourning for a Judaism Being Murdered by Israel
My heart is broken as I witness the suffering of the Palestinian people and the seeming indifference of Israelis. Tonight (August 4) and tomorrow (August 5), which mark Tisha B’av,the Jewish commemoration of disasters that happened to us through Jewish history, I’m going to be fasting and mourning...
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Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Democrats: Stop Being Wimpy in Implementing the Governmental Shut Down
Spiritual progressives are not wimps. While we bend over backwards to avoid violence and to affirm the humanity in everyone, including those who are doing evil deeds, we do not back away from opportunities to powerfully challenge those deeds. Unfortunately, President Obama and the Congressional Dems don’t seem to have that kind of chutzpah.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Why Have the Democrats Lost Popular Support?
Perhaps the November elections will not be as harsh on the Democrats as the polls predict, but the Dems' behavior in power has decreased their popularity dramatically.
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Thursday, March 04, 2010
Why I Disagree with Hedges on Obama

Many of the specific failures highlighted by Chris Hedges' recent article, Nader was Right about Obama , criticizing the performance of the Obama Administration are legitimate points. But the way Hedges's positions are stated, and the conclusions drawn from them are not the path of spiritual progressives, in my view.There was too much anger in his statement overshadowing our spiritual progressive commitment to compassion and a spirit of generosity toward others with whose politics we disagree.
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Sunday, November 15, 2009
Just Say “NO” to the War in Afghanistan
Or should we call it "Again-istan?" Some people never learn. The arrogance of empire? Ignorance of history? Political opportunism? Or cowardice to confront the global challenges we face? These factors probably all contribute to the current incredible situation, in which the United States is debating whether to escalate its military presence there or maintain a lower-level intensity, relying on mechanical warfare in order to focus the war instead in Pakistan. Neither option makes any sense.
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Saturday, October 10, 2009
Say No to War in Afghanistan and Pakistan
The escalation of war in Afghanistan may be only a stalking horse for an even larger war in Pakistan as the United States seeks to secure the nukes there that might fall into the hands of terrorists. These newly proposed wars are only the Obama phase of what is likely to be an endless 21st-century crusade called "the war on terrorism."
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Sunday, September 13, 2009
Van Jones's Resignation: Bad for the Country and Bad for Obama
I signed the same statement on 9/11 that Van Jones signed, and there was nothing immoderate about it. It didn't say what the Right claimed it said (and the mainstream media chimed in without investigation). I'll explain below. Jones's resignation is bad for the country and for the Obama administration. It's bad for America when progressive views are an excuse to purge someone from the administration while extremist right-wing views of past administrations were always given a "pass."
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Why the Obama/Clinton Path to Mideast Peace Will Fail
There is little chance peace can be brought to the Middle East unless it is imposed on both Israel and Palestine by the international community. Calling for an international peace conference and an immediate cease-fire ought to be the first foreign policy priority for the Obama administration. Instead, Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton's remarks to the Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday committed the Obama administration to a path that is certain to fail as it has throughout the past several decades.
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