Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 4, May-June

Bergen-Belsen Revisited
A Major Exhibition in Washington, D.C.: "Rebirth After the Holocaust"; Commemoration at the Site of the Former Nazi Concentration Camp and the Bergen-Belsen Mass Graves Bergen-Belsen has become a symbol of both the horrors of the Holocaust and the...
Biblical Misperceptions
Though people constantly quote and cite from it, the truth is that few people have a clear understanding of the structure of the Bible. By "structure" I mean the manner in which the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament came to have their present...
Byron's "Rabbi": Isaac Nathan and the Hebrew Melodies
In London, in the fall of 1814, a young, former rabbinical student named Isaac Nathan approached the most famous poet and roue of his generation with an intriguing proposal. Nathan had been touring the county/side's synagogues, searching for the roots...
Edward Said and the Modern Language Association
In Memoriam: KAREN SHABETAI Teacher, Scholar, Woman of Valor May Her Memory Be for a Blessing In the spring of 1989, when the intifada was at its height, Professor Edward Said, who holds an endowed chair in English and comparative literature at...
From Cross to Swastika: The Theology of Hate
In 1950, when the raw footage of Nazi atrocities during World War II was shown for the first time by the Zionist Organization of America in Madison Square Garden, my father was among the viewers. That same night, at 48, he experienced a stroke. It...
Letter from Israel: Income Inequality Rears Its Ugly Head
Israel has many claims to fame, not all of them worthy of emulation. One of these "claims" is the income gap between its rich and poor. Some economists claim that of all the Western industrialized countries, the bloc called the First World, Israel...
Reminiscences from Vienna
"Literaturhaus," which deals with Austrian literature, sent me an invitation to participate in an "Erich Fried Symposium." I did not know Erich Fried, but I knew Literaturhaus, at some of whose get-togethers in Vienna I had appeared. I also accepted...
The Aryan Christ
Dr. Carl Gustav Jung's followers and admirers the world over celebrate his 125th birthday on the 26th of July this year. How much do we remember of this erstwhile best pupil of Sigmund Freud, Freud's crown prince and heir apparent? Why did Jung...
The Final Status of Peace Talks
A cardinal principle in the resolution of conflicts is that, when negotiating a settlement between warring parties, you negotiate one step at a time. First, you focus on the issues where there is agreement: this helps you build trust, and you often...
The Jewish Kingdom of Himyar (Yemen): Its Rise and Fall
The mists of legend and folklore veil the time when Jews first set foot on the Arabian Peninsula. According to rabbinic sources, the first links to Arabia go back to the time of Joshua, when a contingent of Israelites were sent to battle the treacherous...
The Mitzvah Tank and the Parking Ticket
Life has a habit of throwing up images that even the most fertile of imaginations could not invent. There I was, strolling through Crown Heights, Brooklyn -- an area nearly equally divided between blacks and Lubavitcher Chasidim -- when what should...
The Pope in Jerusalem: Why the Jews Are Not Happy
The pope's visit to Jerusalem was spun by the Holy See as an act of reconciliation. Yet the Jews were not happy. The State of Israel received the head of the Papal state as a head of state, following all proper protocol. Israel, the Jewish state, would...
Two Popes and John Paul II (Lolek)
At all times and in all places, good people have come to the rescue of Jews. There were good Poles, Germans, French, Danes, and Italians. We call them "The Righteous Among the Nations." Peter Schneider, in his essay, "The Good Germans -- Saving...