Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 6, November-December

Fulfilling Theodor Herzl's Last Will and Testament
On the 20th of September 2006, the coffins of Herzl's children were transferred to Mount Herzl from the Jewish cemetery in Bordeaux, France, thereby fulfilling the Will of the visionary of the Jewish State and ending an historic injustice of 57 years....
Hanukkah: The Maccabees in the Zionist Imagination
There was, little upon which Theodor Herzl and Ahad Ha am ever agreed. Herzl, the founder of Political Zionism, advocated the establishment of an independent Jewish State backed by the major Western powers. Ahad Ha'am--the pen name of Hebrew essayist...
"Is It 1938 Again?" A View of the Queens College, CUNY, Conference
On the deceptively peaceful morning of April 22, 2007, a two-day conference began, to confront the question of whether Jews alive now are in a worldwide peril comparable to the one that loomed in 1938. I'd been prompted to be there in the following...
Judaism and Zionism
The terms "Judaism" and "Zionism" are best understood as designating two distinct political/intellectual traditions ("isms") in the history of Jewish thought and action. Neither term can be defined precisely because both movements have been highly...
Remembrance of Kristallnacht; Shared Heritage
Next year we will commemorate 70 years since Kristallnacht, a pogrom against Jews throughout Germany and parts of Austria. In the two-day rampage against the Jews, on November 9-10, 1938, Nazi thugs ransacked and set fire to synagogues, looted businesses,...
The Death March to Buchenwald
Chapter 8--The Russian Front Nears In January 1945, as the Russian army approached the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex, the Nazis decided to evacuate the prisoners and drag them deeper into central Germany. They hoped that the tide of the war would turn...
"The Shekhinah Rose Where a People Died" Indian Poet Dom Moraes on Israel and Jewish History
The 1961 trial of Adolph Eichmann in Jerusalem attracted hundreds of journalists from around the world. Among the journalists attending the trial was twenty-three year old Indian poet Dom Moraes. I identify him first as a poet because that is how he...
Two Notable American-Jewish Poets
Chopin's Piano by Charles Ades Fishman, St. Louis, Missouri, Time Being Books, 2006, 116 pp. Connecting Flights by Lou Barrett, Armonk, New York, North Castle Books, 2006, 79 pp. Chopin's Piano, a book of poems by Charles Ades Fishman, is a haunting...