The present issue of Szombat begins with an essay by Péter Popper, in which he discusses how traditional Jewish values oriented the Jews in the modem times and how these values will continue to serve as guidance in the future. We alsó publish two reflections on Gábor T. Szántó’s essay that appeared in the previous issue, one written by a member of the Cultural Association to Maintain Jewish Culture in Hungary, arguing that one can remain Jewish also outside the religious establishment, the other by a leader of the Budapest Jewish Community, contesting the critique levelled against the religious establishment. Mátyás Sárközi, a Hungarian writer living in London, has contributed an account of his impressions of the congress of the Hungarian Writers’ Union.
In our suppiement we offer a survey of the Jewish communities of Central Europe: the life of Georgian Jews who have settled in nyíregyháza and Budapest for business reasons; the declining community in Tirgu Mures/Marosvásárhely (Romania), the plight of the Jewish communities in Bratislava/ Pozsony (Slovakia), Warsaw and Chernowitz, including a portrait of Yosif Burg, perhaps the very last Yiddish writer in Eastern Europe. A report from Berlin describes the mixed feeling aroused by the Jewish immigrants from Russia and the CIS, while another one from former Yugoslavia offers a survey of the Jewish communities who in spite of the war have chosen to remain there.
In our section on Israel we have included reactions to Rabin’s assassination, based on reports in the international press, as well as a report on the activity of the Jewish Agency following the re-evaluation of the role of Zionism.
Rabbi Tamás Raj has contributed a paper on l00th anniversary of the reception of Jewish religion, and Professor János Csohány reviews the reaction to the reception as reflected by the then press of the Reformed Church.