Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 1, January-February

Denial and Demonization
1. The War That Was That was the war that was.... Some say it was a short war; others have called it a "mini-war," an "operation." Some believe it's already gone with the wind, as if it didn't really take place, giving room for other news items....
From Hawaii to Haganah: Nathan Liff's Gift and Israeli Arms Procurement, 1947-1948, and Beyond
Nathan Liff, a scrap metal dealer from Indiana, arrived in Honolulu in 1946. Awarded a War Assets Administration (WAA) contract for surplus war materiel stored at Pearl Harbor, he initially stayed at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel where pineapple juice flowed...
Growing Up Jewish in Delphos, Ohio
Even though I am in my late eighties, I am still able to manage my vineyard in the high desert of Temecula Valley Wine Country in southern California. However, I find I am devoting more and more time for reminiscence. Looking back on the years between...
Israel: The Necessity of Developing a Second-Strike Capability
The recent Lebanon war was a brutal reminder that Israel continues to face enemies bent on its destruction. The reminder was somewhat superfluous as no country has faced as many different existential threats as Israel has during the last 58 years....
Paul Celan and Yehuda Amichai: An Exchange between Two Great Poets
Perhaps I am one of the last who must live out to the end the destiny of the Jewish spirit in Europe." Why "must"? Writing from Paris in August 1948 to relatives in the new state of Israel, Paul Celan, having survived the "Final Solution," explains...
The Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) in Music
Classical composers get much inspiration from works of literature--the use of the Romeo and Juliet story is a good example of this--but the Hebrew Bible, the Tanakh, has probably helped to give rise to more music of importance than that from any other...
"We Jews: Who Are We and What Should We Do?"
The world renowned Talmudic scholar, lecturer, author, and translator of the Babylonian Talmud into Hebrew, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, named his latest book by the above title. At the outset I should like to state that the following lines are not intended...
What Is Midstream's Point of View
The title of this editorial is a question that is thrown at me quite often by friends and foes alike. I had taken it for granted that the "Statement of Purpose" found on the inside front cover of every issue had provided the answer for all readers...