Rabbi Lerner“The transformation of the world will have to be performed by unhealed healers.” — Rabbi Michael Lerner

Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of the 2006 nationally bestselling The Left Hand of God: Taking Our Country Back from the Religious Right (Harper San Francisco, 2006), is rabbi of the Bay Area congregation Beyt Tikkun and editor of Tikkun magazine: a bimonthly Jewish and interfaith critique of politics, culture, and society.

Tikkun is one of the most respected intellectual/cultural magazines in the Jewish world, but also one of the most controversial because of its stand in favor of the rights of Palestinians, on the one hand, which locates him in the minds of many as the leader and most prominent spokesperson in the United States of Jewish supporters of the Israeli peace movement, and on the other hand, because of his stand critiquing the anti-religious and anti-spiritual biases of the secular Left, insisting that they need to address the spiritual hunger of Americans as equally important to their material needs.

He is the co-author, with Cornel West, of a book entitled Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin, and several other books, including The Politics of Meaning, Healing Israel/Palestine, The Socialism of Fools: Anti-Semitism on the Left, Spirit Matters, and Jewish Renewal.