This has been a difficult period for all of us spiritual progressives (whether secular, militant atheists, or religious progressives) who seek a world of love and justice. The dismantling of environmental protections for the earth, the dramatic reduction in support for the poor while simultaneously reducing taxes on the super-rich, the escalation of the assault on refugees (already dramatically increased in the Obama years, but now including separation of children from their parents in a cruel and irresponsible way), the militaristic rhetoric and attempt to legitimize nuclear weapons as a tool for the U.S. getting its way in the world, the rise of quasi-fascist forces in Europe—these are just the tip of the iceberg of what makes things difficult.

To understand how this could be happening in our wonderful country, we need to contextualize all within the framework which we teach through Tikkun:...

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