Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 1, Winter

Crusader without a Cape: A Comic-Book Artist's Fight for Justice for Jewish Artists
Neal Adams is arguably the most important of the many comic-book artists who have drawn Batman over the years. He transformed the jovial Caped Crusader of the campy 1960s television series into the grim and gritty Dark Knight character that has dominated...
Exploring the Land of Israel; Nebi Musa: Muslim Gravesite for Moses in Judea
Several winters ago, two companions and I drove in a rainstorm from Masada to Jerusalem, carefully fording the flowing streams that crossed the Dead Sea shore road. We turned west on the highway to Israel's capitol and began the climb of more than...
Hate Propaganda Masquerading as History: Louis Farrakhan's Latest
The Nation of Islam's The Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews, Volume 2--published more than two years ago--is an exercise in the dishonest use of historical sources, in the service of a vision of an ideology of antisemitism and racial separatism....
On Jewish/Christian Relations, on a New York Times Column by Tom Friedman, and on the Mufti of Jerusalem Calling for the Murder of Jews
PART I Almost everyone who lives in New York City knows that I am Jewish. Most know that I am a secular Jew who believes in God, the afterlife, reward and punishment, and that I hope to be rewarded. I have spent much of my professional life stressing...
Opening the Gates of Hell
On January 27, 1945 the Red Army advancing in Poland arrived in a sleepy town called Oswiecim. Next to it, they found Hell. As they crossed the gates of Auschwitz-Birkenau, they saw disoriented walking skeletons staring at them with empty eyes. Emaciated...
Perspectives on Our Father Abraham
Perspectives on our Father Abraham, ed. by Steven A. Hunt. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William E. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2010. xiii + 383 pp. $26. Christ Jesus and The Jewish People Today, ed. by Phillip A. Cunningham, Joseph Sievers, Mary C. Boys,...
Sarah's Key, Novel and Film: A Sentimental Holocaust Story-Worthwhile?
Tatania deRosvnay--Sarah' s Key, a Holocaust Novel St. Martin 's Press, NY 2011, 400pp., $19.99 On July 16th 1942, thousands of Jews, men, women, and some 4000 children were rounded up by the French Police and taken to The "Velodrome d'Hiver." The...
The Holocaust and the Jews of Iraq
In the year 1941, two major events confronted the Jews of Iraq. The first dealt with the pro-Nazi uprising in Iraq in April of 1941. Instigated by the German ambassador in Baghdad, Mr. Gruber, and the Mufti of Palestine, Haj Amin Al Husseini, Iraqi...
The Iranian Nuclear Threat and Other Matters That Also Concern Us
Midstream begins its 58th year of publication with this first issue in 2012. We confront this year with a heavy heart and a profound sense of trepidation. The continuing economic crisis that has persisted in our country and its inevitable consequences...
The Man Who Was Not My Grandfather
In his early eighties, my grandfather--happily married for six decades and rendered impotent by prostate cancer--received a desperate letter from a woman he had dated while on military leave from the United States Army in 1943. All I knew of Blanche...
Toward a New Understanding of a Covenant: The Religious Significance of Yom Ha'Shoah
... Now in our generation, one doesn't have to dig very far to find out what was the sin that brought this horror upon us, for it is explicitly written in the words of our Sages, based on Scripture. They taught [that the Lord adjured the Children of...