Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 56, No. 1, Winter

Celebrating Theodor Herzl at 150 Israel at 62; Midstream at 55
This first Midstream issue of 2010 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Theodor Herzl (1860-1904), the Simon Bolivar, Garibaldi, Parnell, Thomas Jefferson--all rolled into one--of the Jewish people. (I chose Thomas Jefferson instead of...
Israel, Democracy, and the Apartheid Myth
In August-September 2001, the United Nations' World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance took place in the South African coastal city of Durban. It proved to be a traumatic event for world Jewry. Not...
Judaism and Christianity
Most Jews possess scant knowledge about Jesus, and for many of us, the mere mention of his name is enough to provoke deep feelings of discomfort. But there is still much to be said for our becoming better acquainted with the history of this profoundly...
Philip Roth and Irving Howe on Jewish American Culture
From the beginning of his career, Philip Roth has been a disturbing writer. Beyond his obvious talent and well deserved awards--Roth has to be taken seriously as a man whose books are essential in terms of understanding Jewish American life. He deserves...
Protecting Israel from Short-Range Rocket Attacks
On January 18, 1991 at 3 o'clock in the morning, while most residents of Tel Aviv slept, Iraqi Scud missiles came streaking across the sky, exploding in the city. This was the second time that Tel Aviv had sustained an Arab air attack. Although no...
Rivke Basman Ben-Hayim: A Quiet Yiddish Israeli Voice
There is a quiet Yiddish poet living in Israel whose poems are like striking music: rhythmic and lovely. She is currently the head of the Yiddish Writers' Union in Israel, but she is virtually unknown to English readers. Her name is Rivke Basman Ben-Hayim....
The Two Bobbys: Fischer and Neugeboren
In the spring of 1956, when my brother Robert was thirteen, I gave him a chess set for his Bar Mitzvah. Robert was an excellent chess player, and when, at 14, he entered Erasmus Hall High School as a sophomore in the fall of 1957, he joined the chess...
Zionism in Black and White: Part I: 1898-1948
Soon after the publication of Herzl's Der Judenstaat (1896), another diaspora people, whose ancestral home is Africa, began reacting to the Zionist project with attraction, antagonism, or both in an ambivalent mix, including almost every attitude except...