Midstream

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

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 2, Spring

Britannia Waives the Rules Antisemitism in England
Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Antisemitism in England, by Anthony Julius, Oxford University Press, 2010, 811pp., $45.00 In a famous letter of 1838 to his friend John Forster, Charles Dickens wrote that "the Jew" (Fagin), who dominates a novel...
Exquisite Poems, the 4th in a Moving Series on the Torah
Swimming in Moses' Well: Poems on Numbers by Yakov Azriel, Time Being Books, St. Louis, Missouri, 2011. 113 pages, $15.95. Yakov Azriel was born in New York, in 1950, as Gerald Rosenkrantz. After receiving his B.A. in English literature, summa cum...
How Today's Anti-Zonism Continues the Old Antisemitism
Today's anti-Zionists like to claim that their stance is something new, something unrelated to the old antisemitism which they typically pretend to reject. They usually claim that they oppose Israel because of its supposed cruel treatment of those...
In Defense of Jewish Nationalism
Hardly anyone uses the term, 'Jewish nationalism," nowadays, yet it would not be difficult to identify various aspects of Jewish tradition and culture to which the term could legitimately be applied. There is in the first place the teaching of the...
Israel's Naval Blockade of Gaza
On May 31, 2010 news media around the world reported and sharply criticized the bloody Israeli Shayetet (commandos) raid for killing nine activist civilians aboard the Turkish ship, Mavi Marmara, These activists resisted the Shayetet which tried to...
Israel's Uncivil War with Its Haredim
Woman in Beit Shemesh attacked by ultra-Orthodox extremists. In latest incident sparked by 'immodest dress,' crowd of ultra-Orthodox men smash car of Natali Mashiah, 27, who says she believes they were going to set her on fire.--Ha'aretz, January 25,...
Naftali Herz Imber and Hatikvah: The "Erratic Genius," the National Anthem, and the Famous Melody
Who would have imagined that the poem that forms the basis of the anthem of the Zionist movement that then became the National Anthem of the State of Israel could have come from the pen of a man who was a sad, pitiful person, a profligate drunkard,...
Philosemitism in England
The People of the Book: Philosemitism in England from Cromwell to Churchill. By Gertrude Hummelfarb. (Encounter Books, 2011) "The two images farthest removed from each other which can be comprehended under one term, are, I think, Isaiah--'Hear,...
The "Grand" Judean Canyon Exploring the Land of Israel
6 May. Good hikers to Wadi Darajja (climbing with ropes, swimming). Bring 2 canteens at least. Participation limited to 30. Pickup 0515. Biny'nei Ha-uma, Jerusalem. Thus read an entry in the activities bulletin of the Jerusalem Branch, Society for...
The Season of Netanya
The waves lap gently, the sun broils down, the city is a picture postcard of all the seaside towns of all our childhoods, and we sweat, how we sweat! Netanya is a summation of all the diversity of Israel, as well as of the Diaspora. Winter and summer...
The Ukrainian Bride
Enough time has passed, so I can tell the story. And since I am married now, I can do so without my kishkes shrinking. To you I can tell it, a stranger on a train. That, too, is a literary tradition, Mendele Mocher Seforim, Tolstoy. Get it off the...
With Whom Is Jacob Wrestling and Where Is His Wound?
PART ONE--THE CONTENDERS One of the most riveting stories in the Book of Genesis is the Jacob-Esau drama of strife, tension and conciliation that begins pre-birth and lasts for decades. Perhaps the highlight of this saga is the nightlong struggle...