Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 2, February-March

A Political Fantasy for Our Time
I am at the premier of a play called Atom: A Political Fantasy, shoehorned between my companion and a heavyset asthmatic, in a theater filled to standing-room. I flip through the Playbill absentmindedly, past the cosmetics ads, until my eyes settle...
Common Sense in Profiling
A few days after September 11th, passengers or pilots on several flights refused to fly when they saw several Arabs about to board the planes. They were roundly condemned by officialdom and the press. But they were right. They were using common sense....
Halacha: Divine or Human?
Is halacha, Jewish law, Divine or human? Or is it an amalgam of both elements? This is a fundamental question for understanding Judaism, which is, after all, a religion of law, not merely of theology, of action, not just of faith. Law plays a crucially...
Immanuel of Rome
The term "Italian Renaissance" is popularly associated not only with the revival in Europe of humanistic learning, a fervent admiration for the world of classical antiquity, and a remarkable efflorescence of the arts, but also with luxurious living...
Israel Is Not Yet Secure
My generation believed that the existence of a Jewish state would forever change the condition of murderous hate and insecurity that for centuries haunted Jewish life in the Diaspora. We would reenter history as a people in control of its destiny....
Jewish and Realist Impulses in Israeli Foreign Policy
That the State of Israel has always been a self-consciously Jewish state is beyond dispute. An overwhelming majority of its citizens has always firmly identified itself as Jewish -- whether secular or observant in religious orientation, whether Ashkenazi...
Rabbinical Education for the 21st Century
Today, American Jews are disappearing from Judaism in massive numbers -- through intermarriage, broken or blended families, and indifference. Although increasingly alienated from Judaism, they still ache in their souls for spiritual guidance and healing....
The Road to September 11th
From the Iranian revolution in the late 1970s to the emergence of Osama bin Laden on the world scene in the mid 1990s, a violence-orientated fundamentalist Islam has been in ascendence, with the United States as its primary target, and the destruction...
Why Only the Orthodox Can Avoid Intermarriage
One of the dominant topics of discussion in American Jewish circles in recent years was the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey, its findings and implications. Indeed, few surveys of this nature can have been as analyzed, quoted, and argued over...
Why Terrorism?
First there were the planes that crashed into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, killing thousands of innocent human beings. Then there was Richard Reid, who tried to blow up a plane with a bomb in his shoe. But what have terrorists gained by...