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1977
NATIONAL JEW ISH BOOK AWARDS
273
The judges were Dr. Ben Zion Bokser, rabbi of the Forest Hills
Jewish Center and editor of the
Bokser Siddur,
Dr. Eugene B.
Borowitz, professor of education at Hebrew Union College—
Jewish Institu te of Religion, editor of
Sh’ma
magazine and
former president of the Jewish Book Council, and Dr. Seymour
Siegel, associate professor of theology at the Jewish Theological
Seminary and a fellow of the Kennedy Center for Bio-Ethics.
The ir choice for the award was Dr. David Hartman for his
book entitled
Maimonides: Torah and Philosophic Quest,
pub­
lished by the Jewish Publication Society.
Dr. Hartman is the former rabbi of Congregation Beth David
Jerusalem in Montreal. He has taught in the philosophy depart­
ments of Yeshiva University and McGill University. Dr. H ar t­
man currently makes his home in Israel where he is a senior
lecturer in Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University.
Maimonides: Torah and Phi losophic Quest
skillfully presents
the relationship between Maimonides’ halakhic writings and the
Guide of the Perplexed,
his most famous philosophic work. Dr.
Hartman argues convincingly that there is a connection between
these two areas and that Maimonides must be seen not only
as a philosopher of the first order bu t as one of the greatest
talmudists of all times.
RABB I JACOB FREEDMAN AWARD
Dr. Sidney Hoenig presented the award for an English transla­
tion of a Jewish classic. Rabbi Freedman is the founder of the
Jacob Freedman Liturgy Research Foundation and has edited,
translated and published the
Polychrome Historical Haggadah
and the
Polychrome Historical Siddur.
T he judges were Dr. William S. Braude, rabbi emeritus of
Temple Beth El in Providence, Rhode Island, and last year’s
National Jewish Book Award winner for his translation together
with Prof. Israel J. Kapstein of
Pesikta de-Rab Kahana,
Dr.
Leonard Gold, chief of the Jewish Division at the New York
Public Library, and Dr. Menahem Schmelzer, librarian of the
Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
The judges were unanimous in choosing Zvi L. Lampel for
translation of
Maimonides’ Introduction to the Talmud.
published by Judaica Press.