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Azriel Eisenberg and Dov Peretz Elkins
Dr. Azriel Eisenberg and Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins were the
recipients of the Isaac Siegel Memorial Juvenile Award for their
co-authorship of
Worlds Lost and Found.
The award was pre-
sented to them in the name of the judges by Mrs. Abraham J.
Karp. She said in part: “We end at the beginning. A child who
is nurtured on good books of Jewish interest may grow up to
feel the pain and the glory of his people, understand its philos-
ophy, and write its poetry. Such a book should not repeat dull
formulae or lower the sights of the reader to the commonplace
or the shallow. It should open new windows for its readers,
broaden their perspective, widen their horizons.
“All this the joint effort of Dr. Eienberg and Rabbi Elkins,
Worlds Lost and Found,
does in full measure. Through its pages
the mind of the reader—and he can be adult as well as juvenile—
is awakened to new awareness of the sweep of history, the rise
and fall of empires and civilizations. The science of archeology
becomes real and understandable to him. Its problems and chal-
lenges, its uncertainties and mistakes as well as its triumphs are
revealed to the reader.
“Most particularly for the Jewish child, this book affords new
insights into his own past and its importance. He sees the rela-
tionship of his own people to other peoples of the ancient world.
He sees that, although the people of Israel were inferior to other
nations in power and in material splendor, their moral and
ethical teachings were clearly superior. He learns that his Bible
is the greatest source book for the explorer of the past. He will
begin to share with the young Israelis of today their fascination
with the ‘dig’ and what it can uncover.
“Dr. Eisenberg, in his career as educator, editor and writer, has
probably done more practical work for the cause of Jewish edu-
cation than any other man of our time. His devotion to learning
began, but did not end, with his studies at NYU, his doctorate
from Columbia University, his graduation from Teachers Insti-
tute of the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has headed nu-
merous bureaus and councils on Jewish education and now serves
with distinction as executive vice-president of the Jewish Educa-
tion Committee of New York. The publications he has produced,
40 in number, were designed to fill specific gaps and needs in
the literature available to the young American Jew and his
“Rabbi Elkins has brought a background of fluency in English
and solid Jewish scholarship to his writing of this book. His
studies at Temple University and at Gratz College, his ordination
at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, his year of study