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JEW ISH BOOK ANNUAL
Rabbi Lampel attended Yeshiva Heichal Ha-Torah and Me-
sivta of Elizabeth, N.J. for his undergraduate education. He cur­
rently is a student at Yeshiva and Kollel Zichron Mayer of
Mountaindale.
His book is the first translation of its kind and has made
accessible to all one of the most important of Maimonides’ works.
LEON JOLSON AW A RD
Moshe Sheinbaum presented the award for a book on the
Holocaust. Mr. Jolson is a survivor of the Warsaw ghetto, who
has a keen personal interest in Holocaust literature.
T he judges were Dr. Yaffa Eliach, professor of Judaic studies,
Brooklyn College, Dr. Jacob Kabakoff, professor of Hebrew, Leh­
man College, and editor of the
Jewish Book Annua l ,
and
Rabbi Tovia Preschel, of the faculty of the Jewish Theological
Seminary.
T he winner, chosen unanimously by the judges, is Rabbi
Ephraim Oshry for his book entitled
Sefer Sheelot JJ-Teshuvot
Mi-Maamakim: Part 4.
Rabbi Oshry is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth
Medrash Hagodol in New York. He studied at the famous L ithu ­
anian yeshivot, including Ponovez, Slabodka and Radin, and
received Semicha at the age of 18 from leading European rabbis.
He was rabbi in Slabodka and chief rabbi of Kovno in 1944
after the liberation. In 1946 he founded a yeshiva in Rome
for refugee students and later served in the rabbinate in Mon­
treal, where he was also dean of the Yeshiva Maor ha-Golah.
Rabbi Oshry was vice-president of the Union of Orthodox Rab­
bis of America and Canada, a member of the presidium of the
Rabbinical Board of Greater New York and chairman of its Bet
Din and also president of the association of rabbis who were
victims of Nazi persecution.
In addition to the work for which he is receiving the award,
Rabbi Oshry wrote
Churban Li t e
and
Otzar ha-Pesach.
Rabbi
Oshry’s four-volume work of responsa perta ining to the Holo­
caust period is indeed a fitting tribute and enduring monument
to the rabbis and Jewish sages who were martyred during World
War II.