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judges were unanimous in agreeing to present the award to
Professor Eliezer Berkovits for his book
Ma jor Themes in Mo d ­
ern Philosophies of Judaism,
published by Ktav Publishing Co.,
and for his other works in Jewish thought.
Dr. Berkovits was born in Romania, ordained a rabbi at the
Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary in Berlin and holds a doctor­
ate in philosophy from the Berlin University. He has held rab­
binical positions in England, Germany, Australia and the United
States. Since 1958 he has been chairman of the Department of
Jewish Philosophy of the Hebrew Theological College of Chi­
cago. A prolific author, he has among other works to his credit
these books:
God, Man and History , Man and God: Studies in
Biblical Theology, Faith Af ter the Holocaust
and the book for
which he is receiving the award
Major Themes in Modern
Philosophies of Judaism.
Dr. Berkovits maintains, as he states in the Foreword to his
book, that “we have reached a stage that requires a great deal of
rethinking of the nature of the Jewish position in the history of
human thought and commitment in the light of contemporary
philosophical problematics and existential experience. Judaism
is awaiting a reformulation of its theology and philosophy. It
will, however, be accomplished by means of an intellectual
strength that draws its creative inspiration as well as its contents
from the classical source of Judaism.”
Today we are inaugurating a new National Jewish Book Award
for an English translation of a Jewish classic. This award is
being presented in the name of Rabbi Jacob Freedman who
is the founder of the Jacob Freedman Liturgy Research Founda­
tion, publisher, editor and translator of the recently published
Polychrome Historical Haggadah
and of the forthcoming
chrome Histor ical Siddur.
Rabbi Freedman is one of the out­
standing scholarly rabbis in this country and we are pleased that
this award in his name has been made possible.
The judges for the translation award were Leonard Gold,
chief of the Jewish Division, New York Public Library; Dr. I.
Edward Kiev, librarian, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute
of Religion, and Dr. Menahem Schmelzer, librarian, Jewish
Theological Seminary of America.