Diplomacy – Peace Process

Hamas-Fatah Rift Is Preventing the Rehabilitation of Gaza

Hamas-Fatah rift means no Palestinian reconciliation or Gaza reconstruction  Read More »

After the U.S. Mid-Term Elections: The Congressional Role in U.S.-Iran Policy

Institute for Contemporary Affairs Founded jointly with the Wechsler Family Foundation Vol. 14, No. 37       November 17, 2014 The new 114th Congress convenes in January 2015 with Republican majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives. Congressional […]  Read More »

The Hidden Hand of ISIS and Its Impact on Palestinian Escalation

The Islamic State’s caliphate serves as inspiration for the Palestinian public.  Read More »

The “Status Quo” on the Temple Mount

The old status quo on the Temple Mount has been greatly degraded.  Read More »

Iran’s Supreme Leader Calls for Annihilation of Israel on Eve of Nuclear Talks

Khameini: Only cure for Israel is to be annihilated  Read More »

Iran Marks Ashura and the Takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran

The Shiite holy period of Ashura could be marked with more Sunni-Shiite violence.  Read More »

How Iran Views the Fall of Sana’a, Yemen: “The Fourth Arab Capital in Our Hands”

Iran commands the Strait of Hormuz and now is trying to seize the Bab el-Mandeb Strait  Read More »

Message from the Editor JPSR

Message from the Editor Tikkun Olam is the subject of the present issue of JPSR. What we understand by this term can at the same time be clear and elusive. While it originated in the Talmudic period, the concept of […]  Read More »

The Assimilation of Tikkun Olam

INTRODUCTION Tikkun olam is most commonly heard as a slogan for activism, political involvement and social justice. The term has had numerous lives, such that its endurance and malleability over time are truly impressive. It has been used as a […]  Read More »

The Place of Tikkun Olam in American Jewish Life1

INTRODUCTION The symbolic moment when the now ubiquitous phrase “tikkun olam” entered the American Jewish mainstream probably took place during the visit of Pope John Paul II to the United States in September 1987. A crisis in Vatican-Jewish relations was […]  Read More »

The Limits of Tikkun Olam: Questions and Answers*

Does the very act of positive ethical behavior automatically fall into the category of tikkun olam, and are there conditions where the term does not apply?  Read More »

Book Reviews for JPSR Fall 2013, Volume 25, Numbers 3–4

Book Reviews Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, Islam in Europa, Revolten in Mittelost: Islamismus und Genozid von Wilhelm II. und Enver Pascha über Hitler und al-Husaini bis Arafat, Usama bin Ladin und Ahmadinejad sowie Gespräche mit Bernard Lewis [Islam in Europe, Revolts […]  Read More »

Mending the World

To understand how the concept of tikkun olam arose, we have to travel back in time to one of the turning-points in Jewish history: the Spanish expulsion and its aftermath.   Read More »

Tikkun Olam, Israel and a Just World Order

Several months before he was elected president, Barack Obama invoked the term “tikkun olam” (literally, repairing the world) in order to create a common bond with his American Jewish audience.   Read More »

Tikkun Olam: A Case of Semantic Displacement

The term “tikkun olam” has become the shibboleth of American Jewry, and like other Jewish words such as “chutzpah” it has entered English vocabulary without translation.   Read More »