6 thoughts on “With an Iron Pen: 20 Years of Hebrew Protest Poetry – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Congratulations Richard!

    I hope this is an entry for you to have more published in the magazine.
    I know Tikkun magazine views are fairly similar to yours
    {would you say?} …
    but still couldn’t hurt to have another voice.


    1. I’m probably to the left of Michael Lerner regarding the Israeli-Arab issue though I still consider his views quite progressive. We don’t always see eye to eye, but we do more often than not.

      BTW, he’s also invited me to join the Magazine’s advisory board, which I’m pleased to do.

  2. As a blogger who has attempted since 2003 to analyze the moral and political bankruptcy of the Occupation, I am often troubled by the question of efficacy…”

    Doubt not, Richard, doubt not. Your daily content provides us with recurring opportunity to consider our duty to live according to our principles, and to question why we believe -and act- as we do.

  3. Thank you for this thoughtful piece Richard. The older I get, the more important I believe literature to be and the more I regret its diminutive presence in my education.

    I’m glad that you’re joining the advisory board, congratulations.

    The invocation here of Jeremiah reminds us that we have a duty to write the sins of Judah regardless of the impact we may have on mitigating them.

    I could not agree more. A speaker might be ignored, but a silent witness changes nothing.
    I think many people underestimate the effect of what they write or say because the effects are often unseen by the author.

    Any struggle for justice cannot be won in the field without being won in the heart. Literature is essential rather than efficacious.

  4. One issue I’d like to point out is that Jeremiah was actually descended from Rahav the prostitute who enable the Jews to conquer Israel by hiding the spies. There is a certain irony in their use of Jeremiah’s quotation.

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