Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 5, September-October

Dmitri Shostakovich and the Jews
Many Jewish composers practiced their skills in pre-Soviet Russia, but most concentrated on music of Jewish content intended primarily for the Jewish public. Very few participated in the general musical environment in the country. But non-Jewish composers...
Have We Arrived? the Case of Jewish Studies in U.S. Universities
For several decades now, observers have debated whether American Jewry is flourishing or in decline. According to some, ours is a "golden age," akin to those created by the Jews of ancient Babylonia and medieval Spain. Others view the contemporary...
Israel's Fight for Survival and Its Dilemma
As I write this editorial on August 1, 2006, Israel has been forced into a difficult mini-war against the terrorist Shiite faction in southern Lebanon that calls itself Hezbollah (Party of God). It is a war that Israel did not ask for and, perhaps,...
Israel's Real Demographic Problem
If Israel had never conquered the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and Gaza Strip, if it were an island in the Mediterranean Sea, it would still face an Arab demographic threat. While withdrawal from Gaza and most of the West Bank--with their Palestinian...
Jewish-American Writers and Jewishly Observant Characters
The Yiddish term is frum, meaning religiously observant, and it's interesting to see how the same contemporary Jewish-American writers who fill their fiction with "frumies" shy away from applying the term to themselves. In the Jewish world that many...
Kibbutz on the Cutting Edge-When the Katyushas Fell in 1969
At this writing, Israeli communities along the northern frontier with Lebanon and southwest near Gaza are frequently under Arab rocket and mortar attack--in the north launched by Hezbollah, in the south by Hamas. Most Jews go about their lives with...
Penina Moise-Sweet Singer of Israel
As part of the recognition and celebration of 350 years of Jewish life in America, it is fitting to honor the contribution of Penina Moise, one of the pioneer builders and poets of the Charleston, South Carolina Jewish community. Publication of her...
When We Hear the Siren, We Rush for Our Shoes
Jenin, just 12 kilometers down the road from us, used to be the core of hostility. From my kitchen window, I watch the city spread. Houses in Jenin stretch farther over the hills, more rooftops panel the slopes every month, every year. Now, Jenin lies...
"Why Am I on a Plane Heading 'Home' from Israel to Los Angeles?"
As the Director of Camp Ramah in California, one of the great pleasures of my job is that I come to Israel to participate in a Jewish Agency Seminar for the training of our shlichim--a group of Israelis who will join our American staff and bring Israeli...