Rabbi Michael Lerner
Rabbi Michael Lerner is the editor of the Jewish, interfaith and secular-humanist-welcoming Tikkun magazine. He is the author of 12 books including Revolutionary Love: a Political Manifesto To Heal and Transform the World, The Politics of Meaning, Spirit Matters, The Left Hand of God, and, with Cornel West Jews and Blacks–Let the Healing Begin; The Socialism of Fools: Anti-Semitism on the Left; Surplus Powerlessness: The Psychodynamics of Daily Life and Work; and more. In the 1960s he was the chair of the Berkeley chapter of SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), in the 1970s he was described by J. Edgar Hoover (director of the FBI) as one of the most dangerous criminals in America though he never participated in any act of violence; if the 1980s, having earned a PhD in philosophy at the University of California (Berkeley) and then a second PhD in Social and Clinical Psychology he was the principal investigator of a National Institute for Mental Health study of the psychodynamics of work and family life for middle income working class people. He then started Tikkun magazine which he has been editing since 1986.