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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
Tikkunim: Corrections is a collection of articles and essays by Jewish-American journalist Jesse Bogner. His personal transformation from the addictive lifestyle of a decadent and elitist New Yorker to a student of Kabbalah in Israel is outlined in his memoir The Egotist. The articles in this collection continue the theme of transformation, addressing the failings of politics to solve the problems of our people, our nation, and a world in crisis. They offer hope of a better world through love and connectedness. “Our world is broken and the time has come to correct it,” Bogner writes. “We are critically divided. It can’t get much worse. Politics is a street fight. Partisanship has destroyed any free flow of ideas. Our hope lies in an effort to connect to each other. As humans, it is our responsibility to try and improve our world.” (excerpts from several articles)
As a moderate independent who avoids divisive partisan politics like the plague, I found several points of common ground in Tikkunim. I also found Bogner's conclusion about brotherly love and connectedness being the true solutions for the world's ills as very similar to the teachings of my own faith. Because the articles were separately written, there is some overlap between them. But Bogner’s frank, fact-driven, and well-paced writing style had me quickly engrossed and I found the articles extremely educational. A reader may not agree with the conclusions or see Kabbalah as his own spiritual path. Depending on where he falls on the political or religious spectrum, he may be in wholehearted agreement with or offended by what he reads. But there is something here for every good-hearted person to think about, and only greater good can come to the world by fostering love and connectedness between us. Goodness knows, we need more of it.