Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 4, July-August

Canada's Mordecai Richler and Zionism: "A Man without Land Is Nobody"
Calling Mordecai Richler (1931-2001) the greatest of all Jewish-Canadian writers does not, at first, seem like much of a compliment to him. Could a pond that small have produced a truly big fish? Richler's obituaries honored him by asserting that...
David Bar-Ilan (1930-2003), Z" (L)
The obituary page of The New York Times for November 5, 2003 carried an obituary for David Bar-Ilan, who had been a spokesman for Israel's Right-Wing Likud Party. Well before his involvement in politics, he was a concert pianist, who, many critics...
Der Nister and Symbolism in Yiddish Literature
Pinkhes-Pinye Kahanovitsh (1884-1950), modern Yiddish literature's leading symbolist, is best known under his pen name, Der Nister (The Concealed One). Born in Berdichev, Ukraine, on November 1, 1884 into a family of fervent Korshev Hasidim, he was...
France and the Jewish Heritage in Jerusalem
A brass plaque rested for many years on the wall of an imposing stone building just inside the Lion's Gate in Jerusalem's Old City. Israeli troops came through this gate when they recaptured the Old City in the 1967 Six-Day War. The plaque read "Domaine...
Judeo-Provencal? Yes, Judeo-Provencal
Yiddish and Ladino, the two best-known Jewish languages of the Diaspora, were spoken in areas where the surrounding population spoke languages that were clearly different. Yiddish is obviously not the same language as Polish, Ukrainian, Hungarian,...
Mencken in Palestine
Readers who recall H. L. Mencken as an unrepentant antisemite will likely be surprised to learn that the noted American journalist once visited Jewish settlements in Palestine. Moreover, Mencken admired what he saw there. But that doesn't mean he liked...