Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 6, September-October

9/11 Two Years Later: Implications for a Mideast Peace
It has been said that with the second anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we are now almost two years into World War IV. If Word War I was a conflagration over imperialistic and economic stresses that had been brewing since the...
A Great Event in Jewish Music: A Concerto for Orchestra by Isaac Schwartz
I received from a Russian-Jewish poet, Marc Mordukhovich, who lives in Detroit, a tape recording of a concert that took place at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia, on Rosh Ha-Shanah Eve, September 29, 2000. It was the first Moscow performance...
And Then Golda Hugged Me
Every person gets to meet 4.5 famous people in his or her lifetime. That's not true, I just made it up. But I wonder if there really is such a rule of thumb. There were only two people in the world I ever truly yearned to meet. One was Albert Einstein--I...
Inside the Hornet's Head
1. I did not stumble upon Augie March lightly. I gave it as a gift to the most beautiful girl in my high school class, Valerie K. Hadn't it won awards? And wasn't it about a Jewish bumpkin like myself?. (So I'd heard secondhand). I meant the book...
Leslie Fiedler's "Lifelong Identity Crisis"
I am not quite anything ever. --Leslie Fiedler, Fieder on the Roof, Preface PREFACE: Leslie Fiedler's lifelong search for an identity is now over. He died at the age of 85 on January 29, 2003. At various stages of his maverick lip he would...
"The Doctors' Plot"
Half a century ago, on January 13, 1953, a TASS special bulletin informed the Soviet people and the rest of the world by newspaper and radio of the arrest in Moscow of a "group of doctor-saboteurs." Made up of prominent physicians, this group had supposedly...
The Last Will and Testament of Theodor Herzl
Theodor Herzl (1) was laid to rest in the family's burial plot, beside his father, Yaacov Herzl, in Vienna's Doebling Cemetery on July 7, 1904. Zionist leaders immediately began to examine the possibility of re-interring his remains in the Land of...
What Must a Jew Believe? What Can a Modern Jew Believe?
For over 45 years, I have been wrestling with a momentous problem: What must a Jew believe? What can a modern Jew believe? Must a Jew believe anything? There are those who insist, "It really doesn't matter what one believes; what matters is what one...
Who Tarnished Saladin's Eagle?
As American and Allied troops converged on Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit, north of Baghdad, the Second Gulf War wound down to a "sort-of" conclusion. Saddam had chosen for his coat of arms "Saladin's eagle," claiming an identity with another...