Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 2, Spring

A Light Unto the Nations: And Two Nice Ladies at a Felafel Stand
I as feeling great and it probably showed. I had just ridden eight kilometers into Jerusalem's city center on my bicycle, so I felt that surge of energy and joy that can come from physical exertion. I went into my favorite felafel stand near the top...
Ben-Gurion, the Klausenberger Rebbe, and the Year I Left Torah Vodaath
The dominant Orthodox institution in Williamsburg, Brooklyn from the 1920s to the 1960s was the Yeshiva Torah Vodaath, where I was educated from the first grade until I graduated from its Mesifta high school in 1960, and left to attend Brooklyn College....
Franz Kafka's Zionism
Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was not religious, but he was a committed Jew whose life was centered on the Jewish world of Prague. All his closest friends except Milena Jesenska were Jews. More books have probably been written on his life and work than that...
Political Power and the Prophet: Ahab, Elijah, and Naboth's Vineyard
A special thank yon to Professor Zohar Raviv of the Spertus Institute m Chicago for providing the inspiration and teaching that are the basis for this essay. Ahab was one of the great kings of the ancient Middle East. As ruler of the northern kingdom...
The 1941 Farhud (Pogrom) and the Ethnic Cleansing of Jews from the Modern Iraq
To date, international concern with Middle East refugees has focused primarily on the approximately 700,000 Palestinian Arabs who left Israel during the 194748 war. Far less attention has been paid to the nearly one million Jews--known as mizrahim--who...
The "Arab Spring": Democratic Promise or Threat?
Arab mass protests for "democracy" have ousted Tunisia's Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, imperiled Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh and Libya's Muammar Ghadafi, and roiled other autocrats and tyrants from Algeria through Jordan and Syria...
The War against the Jews Goes On
The latest Palestinian violence against Israelis, and the continuing abandonment of Israel by most of the international community, inevitably bring to mind the abandonment of the Jews during the Holocaust. Just this past week, a document emerged which...
Transferring Memory: The Task of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors
Night Fragments night fragments created in fire shadows we are the last and the first: the last to taste ashes from the cursed century's valley of unwilling passers through where God revealed His face to them alone; and the...