Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 2, February

Childhood Memories: Baghdad as a Jewish City
We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time -- T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding" It has often been said that New York is a Jewish city. I think one can...
General Tao's Chicken
It was Monday, as the minute hand crept toward one o'clock. I started to salivate. My stimulus, rather than Pavlov's bell, was General Tao's Chicken. I was certain that Mrs. Friedland, my one o'clock patient, would mention it. Before she had become...
Grace Aguilar, A Woman of Israel
Jews had been depicted in English literature ever since Chaucer as villains, as objects of curiosity, as targets of evangelism, and on rare occasions even with a degree of benevolence, but it was not until early Victorian times that an immensely popular...
Invisible Refugees
The tragic plight of the Palestinian refugees has received considerable media attention, especially in recent weeks. Not much, however, has been said about another refugee problem created at the outset of the same war that led to the Palestinian exodus....
Israel, Christianity, and Islam: The Challenge of the Future
Unlike most wars, solving the conflict in the Middle East does not only depend on the cession of land, since Israel is also the focus of age-old religious hatreds. The bigotries involved are so appalling that one avoids mentioning them, yet they still...
Israeli Nuclear Deterrence
But hope is by nature an expensive commodity, and those who are risking their all on one cast find out what it means only when they are already ruined.... --Thucydides(1) Ariel Sharon, as you assume the office of prime minister, Israel continues...
Jacob Talmon: A Historian Ahead of His Time
As a historian of the contemporary era, what filled Jacob Talmon with dread and horror--and which hovered over all his essays and lectures--was the bestiality and insanity of the 20th century, and the gnawing sense that, ever since the successful testing...
Missionary Assaults on Judaism (Part 1)
The Jewish response to the propaganda of Christian missionaries today is unprecedented. Jews are now accepting Christianity of their own free will, under no conditions of constraint. This has never occurred before. (The mass conversions of the "Frankists,"...
The "Mystery" of Christopher Columbus
The origins and background of Christopher Columbus to this day are a mystery and an enigma. After much study, the biographical detectives are convinced of only one thing -- that he was not Genovese, or even Italian. What hints or statements may have...
The Rise of the Israeli Navy
Historically speaking, the Israeli Navy (IN) has been less important to Israel's national security than the state's land and air forces -- and for good reason. The Jewish state's very right to exist, after all, has been contested by the Arab world...
Who Is Afraid of the Foreign-Born among Us?
Newly released 2000 census figures, which show a significant increase in the percentage of foreign-born residents of the United States (9.5 percent is the latest figure compared with 7.9 percent in 1990), are not unprecedented. This country has experienced...