Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 3, May-June

Cadaver Worlds
Editor's Note: The following important essay may disturb some readers because of its frank description of scenes of Holocaust horror that most of us would prefer not to confront. The author's descriptions relating to Auschwitz, Rwanda, and other venues...
Criticizing Israel
What are the limits for criticizing Israel? Many condemn the Jewish community's refusal to listen to harsh criticism, while others object to the aggressiveness of the attacks against the Jewish state. Both sides claim to express themselves only on...
Our Primary Myth of Violence: Shulamith Hareven's Peace Politics
Editor's Note: "Art between Peace and War," a tribute to Israeli author and peace activist Shulamith Hareven (1930-2003), took place at New York University on November 17th 2004, under the auspices of the Taub Center for Israel Studies at NYU, the...
Personal Reflections on Pope John Paul II
"When a righteous person dies it is as though all are considered to be his relatives." The Talmudic rabbis never imagined that these words would one day describe a Pope. The gathering of 80 heads of state, including the President of the United States...
Theodor Herzl: The Diaries Reconsidered
Biographical, historical truth asserts itself; it is naked and does not tolerate bindings and wrappings, even if they are made of silk. Biographical truth neither ignores nor conceals anything, not even that which is undesirable to the biographer with...
Watermarks: Hakoah Vienna on Film
In recent years, documentaries dealing with varied aspects of the Holocaust have proliferated. It's almost as if every survivor, child of a survivor, and 30s Nazi refugee has a story that must be turned into a film. Of course, none of the films match...
Zelda's Poetry, Marcia Falk's Translation
The prize-winning Hebrew poetry of Zelda Schneurson Mishkovsky (1914-1984) is hardly known to American readers, but Marcia Falk aims to change all that with her recent comprehensive translation of Mishkovsky's work in The Spectacular Difference. Ms....