This issue of the Szombat can easily turn out to be the last but one – States our editorial. Three Hungarian foundations, supporting our periodical until now, have suddenly stopped funding the Szombat, and this has put us in a very difficult situation. They probably thought, that the recently established Hungarian Jewish Heritage Foundation will solve our problems. However our magazine, highly critical towards the Hungarian Jewish establishment cannot be certain of the support of this very same establishment which dominates the board of the foundation.
In his diary István Gábor Benedek reflects on the problem of Jews, who – as high-ranking officers or employees of the communist regime – committed heavy crimes against innocent people. The author proposes that the Jewish community should find an adequate interpretation of this problem.
An active participation in human rights and (recently) minority rights movements is a good old way to substitute the Jewish identity, States János Pelle in his contribution to the debate on assimilation-dissimilation. However, we should move beyond this response to the Jewish question by strengthening our Jewish knowledge and consciousness.
The Yiddish language, once the medium of a highly developed secular culture is turning into the communicational means of a deeply religious community which is rather insensitive to the outside world. This is the conclusion of the second part of our Yiddish supplement (edited by Vera Szabó), in which we tiy to describe – by citing data on the publishing of Yiddish books – in which areas the Yiddish has remained a still living vehicle of communication.
In his short report Péter Kertész expresses his doubts about the promises of the official Jewish Community concerning the building of the new Jewish School.