Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 4, Fall

Eschatological Protectionism: Saving Jews for the End of Days
By now, many American Jews are aware of a peculiar theological convergence: the alignment of some strains of evangelical Christianity with what has been termed "religious Zionism." (1) This phenomenon has been assiduously explored in Gershon Gorenberg's...
Israel Zangwill (1864-1926): English Novelist of the Ghetto and Early Zionist
Jews as fictional characters have been featured in English literature from as early as the 14th Century when they appeared in one of the great works of literature--The Prioress Tale in Chaucer s The Canterbury Tales--and, of course, the most famous...
Jewish Memories of the Wild West 1958-1959
When I was growing up in New York during the late 1960s, many of my friends parents had unusual pasts. Quite a number were Holocaust survivors, and they were often much older than the average parent. For some, this was their second family replacing...
Obama's Peace Offensive
On a recent trip to the Middle East, I had the opportunity to meet with many Israelis and Palestinians from all walks of life including high officials, settlers, and members of the Peace Now movement. I also met with academics from the left, center,...
Pres and the Jewish Pushkin
("Muslims must make the Haj to Mecca, Hindus journey to Benares, Jews and Christians to Jerusalem, theosophists to Walden Pond. In Russia, literary pilgrims visit Pushkin's grave on his birthday to hear each other recite his poetry. But pop culture...
Some Reflections on Contemporary Antisemitism
We live in an age where stunningly false analogies, misleading amalgams, and the general corruption of language (especially in the name of political correctness) are rampant. Nowhere is this more apparent than in relation to Zionism. This is a fact...
Tel Aviv at 100: Forever Young
Project Tel Aviv was launched in April 1909 as Ahuzat Bayit, a humble homestead society. Who could have dreamed that a century later it would have developed into the dynamic hub of the Jewish State's economy, the nation's vital zone for all forms of...
What Really Happened in Gaza?
Imagine that you wanted to understand Beethoven's 6th Symphony, and were then given a recording only of the string section--the entire wind, brass, and percussion section had been left out. Imagine further that no one told you that those sections were...