Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 3, April

A Bronx of Two Genocides: A Jew among the Cambodians. (the Shoah)
Our rabbi, my mother had said, came to the Bronx from Shanghai after the war. It was as if she had said our rabbi had dropped from the moon. Where Rabbi Gorelick had been before Shanghai was still off-limits to the fragile parameters of my child's...
Elegy: An Anti-Memoir. (Memoir)
I prune my garden. The spirit of an unknown grandmother hovers. In my mind's eye I can see the hundred-year-old rose garden that surrounds the site where my father was born, the comfortable square house, long since replaced, with its red tile roof...
Jedwabne and Bruno Schulz: Jews and Poles Apart. (the Shoah)
Arthur Koestler, in his parapsychology phase, wrote a book called The Roots of Coincidence, in which he argued that what we think of as coincidence may really occur because of an underlying cause that determines seemingly unrelated events. I was reminded...
No Room to Dance. (Memoir)
There is a crisis in my father's nursing home: he may no longer sit in the hallway outside his room. For some time he has been chanting to passersby, from his wheelchair, "Six million Jews: five million adults, one million children--Auschwitz, Treblinka,...
On the Life of Rabbi Chaim Stern. (Religion)
The untimely death of my father, Rabbi Chaim Stern, due to brain cancer at age 71, represents not only a sad occasion for the Reform movement for which he labored but a loss for contemporary Judaism as a whole. He represented the highest aspirations...
Popular Culture and Jewish Realism: The Jewish Museum in New York City. (Arts and Letters)
Jewish history and representation are dangerous things to tinker with. Intellectuals and artists who address them walk a thin line between a broad spectrum of claims to truth and a precipitous descent into the annals of popular culture. Those gravitating...
Redemption with Dignity. (the Shoah)
Mankind must be taught and reminded repeatedly of the horrendous tragedy of the Holocaust-Shoah. For Jews, the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp symbolizes the brutal destruction of European Jewry by the Nazis. To the Polish people, Auschwitz-Birkenau...
Terrorists in Hamburg Redux. (the Shoah)
"The attack took more than the victims' lives. It took their deaths." Richard Ford The events of September 11 affirmed that terrorists will always be our silent, lurking neighbors. It matters not who we are or where we live. Although these attacks...
Translating Paul Celan. (Arts and Letters)
Deathfugue/Todesfuge Black milk of daybreak we drink it at evening we drink it at midday and morning we drink it at night we drink and we drink we shovel a grave in the air where we won't lie too cramped Schwarze Milch der Fruhe wir trinken sie...
What Really Happened in Assisi in 1943-1944? (the Shoah)
EDITOR'S NOTE--The author, Yala Korwin, writes: "When I traveled to Assisi, I intended to honor the heroic friar, Rufino Nicacci, by bringing flowers to his grave. Nobody could tell me where he was buried, and I was informed about his tarnished reputation....
Yom Hazikaron-Israel Memorial Day (4Th of Iyar): Assaf Will Always Be Twenty-One. (Israel)
I couldn't resist. We were recently in Israel visiting friends in Rechovot. Their daughter had bought a small motor bike, and I asked her if I could take it out for a ride. It brought back memories when I had been a student in Israel. I sat down on...