Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 6, November-December

Discovering Oneself: Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis
Over the years we have seen a burgeoning interest in mystical self introspection: travels to India and the Far East to discover and search for oneself, meditation, contemplation and studies in Buddhism, Zen Buddhism and Jewish Mystical Kabbalah. Popular...
Do Mainline Protestants Want to "Supersede" Israel?
INTRODUCTION: SHOWDOWN IN ATLANTA Sudan's Muslim Fundamentalist militias are responsible for killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions of Christians and Animists in the South and black non-Arab Muslims in the Darfur region. On the other...
End-of-Year Note to Our Readers
Dear Friends, Our experiment in January 2005, when we reluctantly reduced Midstream to a bi-monthly publication appearing six times a year, had engendered the hope of our achieving several important goals. The first one was that it would make it...
Freud's Jokes ... and Jewish Problem
In contrast to the coy avoidance of anything Jewish in the theory of psychoanalysis, Freud's jokes reveal his Jewish connection immediately. The teller is inevitably Jewish, as is the listener. As to the content Freud himself exulted in the Jewish...
Joseph Tenenbaum's Unique Memoir
In the year 2000, this reviewer had the opportunity to visit the famous Benedictine monastery of Melk which rests on the confluence of the Danube and Melk rivers, just a few miles from Vienna. This institution was founded in 1089 but was enlarged and...
On Hamas "Freedom-Fighters": The View from International Law
Even now, even after repeated Hamas bomb attacks on Israeli buses, nurseries, and preschools, some will argue passionately that the ends of such barbaric Palestinian violence justify the means--that an end to the so-called Israeli "occupation" justifies...
Svengali, Another Byword in the Lexicon of Jewish Villainy
shylock n 1 cap. the Jewish usurer and antagonist of Antonio in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice 2: loan shark fagin n character in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist 1839: an adult who instructs others (as children) in crime Svengali n [Svengali,...
The Israeli Withdrawal from Gaza: Pre-History and Prospects for Peace
To withdraw from the Gaza Strip has been the most painful decision made by an Israeli government and the most traumatic political event for the country's people in decades. Indeed, such a voluntary relinquishment of territory captured in an ongoing...
The Speech That a Survivor of a Suicide Bombing in Israel Was Not Permitted to Deliver
This is the speech that Tzippi Cohen, Australian survivor of a 2003 suicide bombing in Israel, was not allowed to deliver at the Disciples of Christ General Assembly in Portland, July, 2005. In an ideal world we wouldn't need gates around our properties,...
Thoughts on Hanukkah: The Jewish Wars of Liberation
Throughout its long history, the Jewish people has engaged in wars of national liberation against foreign oppressors who sought to deny its fight to independence in its own land. On more than one occasion, this enduring quest for freedom has resulted...