Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 4, Fall

A Sukkah Is Burning: A Brooklyn Community in Tense Transition
My father moved our family to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn in 1939--four years before I was born--because it had a community of committed Orthodox Jews. However, prior to the large-scale immigration in the early 1950s of chasidic refugees from...
Herzl at 150: Mulling It Over
So the land of our fathers still exists. It is not at the bottom of some ocean. People live and joyfully work there. The old earth is rejuvenated by nimble hands. Once again the ancient soil bears flowers, bears fruit, and perhaps one day, one fine...
Judaism and Democracy
1. VOX POPULI IS NOT VOX DEI On the surface of it, no religion--certainly no religion based on the concept of divine revelation--is democratic. Vox Populi cannot be identified with, nor replace, Vox Dei. At no point does the Torah, for example,...
"Lenny"-The Quintessential Jewish Classical Composer
There were men of Jewish birth who made significant contributions to the development of classical music long before Jewish emancipation in Europe was fully accomplished. Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven may not have had Jewish contemporaries of any...
Text of the Speech the 36th Zionist Congress of the World Zionist Organization (June 15-17, 2010) in Jerusalem
I am deeply moved, very grateful, and privileged for the honor bestowed on me to open the 36th Congress of the World Zionist Organization here in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Israel. I bring greetings to all the delegates assembled...
The 36th Zionist Congress, June 15-17, Jerusalem a Listing of Speakers and Selected Speech Highlights
The 36th Zionist Congress convened in Jerusalem in June 2010, bringing together over 2,000 participants representing 33 countries around the world, as follows: 38% from Israel, 29% from the United States, and 33% from all the other countries of the...
The Blockade-How the British Prevented Rescue before and during World War II
One aspect of the Shoah has received little attention from Holocaust scholars--the obstruction by Britain of the most important avenue of escape available to the doomed Jews of Europe before and during World War II. The Danube River, flowing from...
The Deterioration of Israeli-Turkish Relations before and after the Flotilla Incident
Ideally, relations between two allied countries are composed of both common interests and common values. This has been the case in U.S.-Israeli relations since 1967, when strategic cooperation against the Soviet Union and its Arab allies was reinforced...
The Story of NILI: Jewish Spies for the British in Palestine-World War I
Three decades before the founding of the State of Israel, in the days of Ottoman Palestine, and the pioneering Jewish settlements of the first and second Aliyah, there was an extraordinary, enterprising Jewish spy group, which was known by the acronym...