Midstream

Magazine focusing on Jewish cultural, social, and political affairs.

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 7, November

Abraham, the Cowardly Hero
Abraham is called the first Jew. Why not Jacob, renamed Israel, the ancestor of the 12 tribes? Why not Moses, who received the Torah -- the law that defines us? Abraham's very name suggests that he is no more linked to the Jewish people than to several...
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A Jerusalem Story
When I started practicing law in Jerusalem, some months after our aliyah, an elderly lawyer told me that one of the joys of practicing in Jerusalem was the opportunity of hearing -- or even being a part of -- "a Jerusalem story." Having never heard...
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Arab History, Arab Hypocrisy
It's sadly ironic, but not really surprising, that the summer 2001 United Nations conference on racism in Durban, South Africa, turned into a racist conference -- indeed, a racist farce. By attempting to delegitimize Jewish nationalism and the Jewish...
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Eichah -- Ground Zero
She that was great among nations Is now become like a widow; The princess among states Is become a thrall. (Lamentations 1:1) (*) In the beginning, on Tuesday, when we saw the TV video clip of the United Airlines jet piercing the skin and the heart...
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Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor: Apropos Edward Alexander's article, "The New Yorker's Holocaust Problem" (Midstream, May/June 2001), I believe his pique to be misplaced. Alexander is justified in his position that Hannah Arendt in her article that The New Yorker...
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Should the Peaceniks Apologize? -- a Personal Journey
If you are not prepared to take life, you must often be prepared for lives to be lost in some other way. -- George Orwell, "Reflections on Gandhi" That's not just masonry, steel and dead bodies in the streets of New York and Washington, of Jerusalem...
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The Binding of Isaac: Religious Paradoxes, Permutations, and Problems
I believe it can be shown that the deep structure of the impulse and act of child sacrifice has had a continuing and destructive impact on human religious activity from its inception to the present day. Further, I will argue that only a rethinking...
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The Fallacy of Camp David Revisionism
"There will be no peace for the US until we convince Israel to make peace with the Palestinians." So wrote Gary Kamiya of the on-line journal Salon,, shortly after the destruction of the World Trade Center. (1) Kamiya is not alone. Among the chattering...
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The Semi-Apologists and the War against Terrorism
In the hours after the twin towers came crashing down, a tidal wave of support for a war against terrorism swept across the country; Americans had not been so united about anything in over a haft-century. But almost immediately, an undertow of perverse...
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Through a Glass, Darkly: Durban and September 11th
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.... The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, `which is to be master -- that's all." -- Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking...
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