„I have, thank God, a lot of plans, plans within plans within plans, and plans about plans. One better from the another” – wrote Bialik about his editorial work and numerous plans after his arrival to Warsaw in 1903. It is well known though, that each editor’s work requires not only devotion to “the plans” but, first and foremost, patience – both editor’s and readers’. It does not matter if a journal strives for greatness or it modestly contents itself with little – plans always seem great, and the editor has no choice but learn to deal with the fact that not all of them can be satisfactorily fulfilled.
The first issue of Ktav Et has met with your wonderful reception, and aroused a lively interest among many academic centres of Jewish Studies. So we can say, we have achieved one of our goals. However, without the support of talented people – young researchers to whom Ktav Et is dedicated – we would not be able to continue our efforts. Hence, I would like to warmly encourage you to take part in Ktav Et project – to motivate you to pursue your academic and individual advancement by the possibility of publication in our journal.
And again, after long months of anticipation, we are glad to present the second issue of Ktav Et. As modern Hebrew literature turns out to be a fertile field of Jewish Studies – you can find Sharon Meir’s article examining the motive of wind, storm and skeleton in Savyon Librecht’s “A Man and a Woman and a Man”. Those interested in philosophy will find article of Daria Boniecka-Stępień, in which she examines Ahad Ha-am’s concept of religion, and a paper by Yoni Eshpar, in which he teeters on the edge of History and Philosophy while analysing Hermann Cohen’s thought and problems of Jewish immigration in the beginning of XX century. Last but not least position is a fruit of a thorough research of Kata Bohus. Based on the author’s interviews, Kata’s article focuses on Hungarian Jewish refugee experience in Canada after the 1956 revolution.
Such a diversity of the topics required intensified searching for their reviewers. Numerous people helped me in this regard, for which I am deeply grateful. My special gratitude I address to those who nobly agreed to contribute to our project by reviewing and proofreading the articles, sharing their expertise and offering their specialist advice for the journal they had been hardly familiar with. Many thanks to Prof. Zoltán Csipke, Dr. Omna Brick-Aharoni and Prof. Hannah Naveh.
As I mentioned above – patience is a crucial thing in editing a journal. However, I do kindly ask you – do not hesitate and send your applications so we would not have to wait with Ktav Et No 3 till 2013!