Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 6, September

American Jews or Jewish Americans?
peo-ple--4, the entire body of persons who constitute a community, tribe, nation, or other group by virtue of a common culture, history, religion, or the like: the people of Australia; the Jewish people. --The Random House Dictionary of the English...
Ilya Ehrenburg: Eternal Chameleon
Ilya Ehrenburg (1891-1967), "the eternal chameleon," as one scholar has called him, was a survivor who died in his own bed, but he may have survived Stalin's terror because he compromised himself. Though he was showered by many state honors, there...
Irene Harand-A Prophet in Her Time
On 6 September 2000, was marked the centennial of the birth of Irene Harand of Vienna, a much overlooked humanitarian of the 20th century. Yad Vashem has confirmed a place in history for this Righteous Gentile, but few know of her timely, passionately...
Jews and the Invention of Time
Jews are quite literally obsessed with time. Every month the new moon is sanctified and calculated by minutes and seconds, as well as by sight. Every week observant Jews rush--sometimes panic--to finish all the preparations for the Sabbath before it...
London 5 June
Valerie's glass tipped onto the map of the Middle East open on the floor. "I'm so sorry," she said. "How clumsy of me." The red stain spread. "Not to worry, Valerie," Alan said. "You just get one less refill." He wiped the map with paper napkins,...
Message from a Maskil
A few years ago, on Rosh Hashanah, I received a message from my grandfather who died in 1932. It did not come by post. If not for a surprise visit from some learned friends, I might never have received it. All grandfathers are said to be unique,...
Moral Blindness-Some Austrian Instances
There are undoubtedly many decent, democratic, and unprejudiced Austrians, and it would be totally unfair to blame the country for having been the birthplace of Adolf Hitler. However, for those who heard many of Der Fuhrer's speeches in the thirties,...
Patterns of Jewish Identity in the Modern World
Not more than 10 or 15 years ago, several events in modern history, and in contemporary Jewish experience, revealed a fact, which now seems obvious, that had not manifested itself previously in academic studies, or in political or social practice....
The Land of Israel and Jerusalem in 1900
Palestine is a Western name. One hundred years ago Arabs and Muslims did not commonly use it. Nor did they see the country to which the name is applied as a separate country. For them, it was an indistinct part of a larger geographic entity, Bilad...
The Psalms (Part One)
There are a hundred and fifty psalms, of which I will begin with a handful. The first psalm is a Wisdom psalm. It focuses on good and evil, and the good consequences that will flow from a life dedicated to the good. It is short, so it is possible to...
"When I'm Sixty-Four"
To the best of my knowledge no one has suggested that the singer/song-writer Paul McCartney of "Beatles" fame was a Biblical scholar, much less a man with a particular sensitivity to Jewish ideals. Indeed, to the best of my knowledge, McCartney himself...
Yerushalayim versus Al-Quds
The Middle East covers an area of roughly 15,000,000 square kilometers.(1) There, you can find a small country called Israel, which encompasses a space totaling 27,800 square kilometers. Its capital, Jerusalem, hardly fills 120 square kilometers. Within...