Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 1, Winter

Ambassador Shoval and Mayor Koch: A Midstream Triumph and a Plea
We have "hit the jackpot" with this first issue in 2011: Our issue has two lead articles by two giants of the Jewish political world, one an Israeli statesman and the other an American political icon. They are respectively, Ambassador Zalman Shoval,...
An American Jewish Poet's Book on Jewish Themes Awarded First Prize
God's Optimism (poetry book) by Yehoshua November, Main Street Rag Publishing Company, Charlotte, North Carolina, 65 pages, 2010, $14. Yehoshua November, two of whose poems in this debut volume of poetry previously appeared in Midstream, has achieved...
Bitter Foes with Much in Common: A Revised View of Ben-Gurion and Jabotinsky
An analysis of the positions of David Ben-Gurion and Ze'ev Jabotinsky on a long list of political, defense, social, and cultural issues leads to surprising conclusions. Even though Jabotinsky died eight years before the establishment of Israel, he...
God Bless the Peace Process
Everyone who is commenting on the new peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians seems to give the talks their blessing and hope for a successful outcome--everyone except the Islamic terrorists in Gaza and elsewhere and their sponsor, Iran....
Love and Marriage in Boro Park
Sima's Undergarments for Women, by liana Stanger-Ross. Woodstock & New York: The Overlook Press. 2009. 320 pages. $24.95. Ilana Stanger-Ross's deeply affecting debut novel delivers sharp insights into love, marriage, and relationships between...
The "New Atheists" Rebutted
Religion, God, and prayer have taken a literary beating lately. They have been battered in books written by the so-called "new atheists," some of whose books have made the best-seller lists. I am thinking of Richard Dawkins's The God Delusion; (1)...
Theodor Herzl: Childhood and Youth: The Forgotten Chapters in the Life of a Hero
The biographical, historical truth demands its own. It is exposed and tolerates no covers or drapes, even if they are made of silk. The biographical truth does not conceal or obscure a thing, not even details that are undesired by the biographer who...
Yogurt and Loose Change: Exploring the Land of Israel
The dairy portion of the "milk and honey" Biblical description of Eretz Yisrael came to mind several years ago. The story started one fine, sunny day during Succot, when a friend and I decided to ascend from Jerusalem. This was possible, not spiritually,...