Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 4, May-June

Balaam in Scripture and in Inscription
A notable new addition to the noted Anchor Bible series of Biblical commentaries, Numbers 21-36 recently arrived on my doorstep, a gift from its author, Baruch A. Levine. A scholar who bestrides the Biblical field like a colossus, Levine has recently...
"Don't You Know There's a War On?"
Military supplies and troop transfers had top priority with the railroads in June of 1944, two-and-a-half years into World War II. Yet Momma expected the United States Army Air Corps to get my brother home without delays. She could accept the explanation,...
Going It Alone against International Evil
Is it true that, however just America's cause, the world's last superpower cannot effectively fight global threats to our security and values, if the rest of the world is reluctant to follow the U.S. lead? This is today's conventional wisdom, but a...
India and Israel
The historical parallels, ancient and modern, between India and Israel are striking. Both states are home to peoples that are thousands of years old--and to peoples whose traditions of national sovereignty are among the most venerable in the world....
Jewish Themes in Disraeli's Fiction
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), politician, statesman, and also an important novelist, was one of a number of 19th-century Jews who converted (or were converted) to Christianity but who retained great pride in their "racial origins." Arnold Schoenberg,...
Normandy
Dedicated to my uncle, Corporal Rueben Miller For many people, World War II seems as ancient and remote as the Civil War. But not for all of us. Those who lived through it will recall how deeply it touched everyone. There was always a new Gold Star...
Radical Islam vs. Academic Freedom: One Example
In late March, about two hours after I had sent the announcement of Daniel Pipes's forthcoming (April 10th) lecture at the University of Washington on "The War on Terrorism and Militant Islam" to its academic sponsors for distribution on their "lists,"...
Stefan Heym-He Shouldn't Have Been a Communist
Stefan Heym, who died recently in Israel at 88, was one of the most provocative, indomitable writers I'd ever met. Born in 1913 with the name Helmut Flieg in Chemnitz, Germany (later Karl-Marx-Stadt, DDR), he emigrated to the US in the mid-1930s, took...
The Arabs of Israel: Between Conflicting Identifies and Dual Loyalties
We live complicated lives. Our identities are complicated. We are Arabs of Israel. We are Palestinians. We are part of the Palestinian people. And yet, on the other hand, we carry Israeli identity cards. We do not deny this fact. We live between these...
The Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Memory, tradition, the history of peoples, of Europe, of Poland--from my earliest years at secondary school, I was absorbed by these themes. As a young man, before the Second World War, I had some appreciation of the historical process. Everything...
"To Bigotry No Sanction": The Role of American Jews in the Revolution
For, happily, the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their...