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HOENIG /
1978
NATIONAL JEW ISH BOOK AWARDS
of honor on the publication of a National Jewish Book Award
winner.
Dr. Patai, noted anthropologist, biblical scholar and editor,
is the author of nearly thirty volumes which are distinguished
for their scholarship. He is the founder of the Palestine In-
stitute of Folklore and Ethnology in Jerusalem and was awarded
the Ph.D. from Hebrew University. He was a winner of the
National Jewish Book Award in 1976 for his volume co-authored
with Jennifer Patai Wing and entitled
The Myth of the Jew-
ish Race.
The Jewish M ind
is an in-depth study which seeks to provide
definitive answers to questions regarding the physical and
mental health of Jews, the phenomena of Jewish self-hate and
guilt, and the notion that Jews are possessed of unique ability
or talent.
MORR IS J. KAPLUN MEMOR IAL AW ARD
The Morris J. Kaplun Memorial Award for a book on Israel
was presented by Moshe Sheinbaum, head of Shengold Publish-
ers and an Executive Board member of the Council.
The judges for this award were Dr. Marvin Fox, of Brandeis
University, Dr. Howard M. Sachar, last year’s Kaplun Award
winner, and Robert St. John, noted author.
The judges were unanimous in choosing Hillel Halkin for his
book,
Letters to an American Jewish Friend,
published by Jew-
ish Publication Society.
Hillel Halkin is a native New Yorker who emigrated to
Israel and currently lives in Jerusalem. He is a translator as well
as an author and is currently at work on a book about
Zichron Ya’akov, where he lived for four years in Israel.
Letters to an American Jewish Friend,
subtitled “A Zionist’s
Polemic,” argues that the American Jewish community is march-
ing inexorably towards destruction and that those who care
about Jewish destiny must, through logic and necessity, make
aliyah to Israel. It is an incisively written polemic.
Maier Deshell, editor-in-chief of the Jewish Publication
Society, was present to accept the award on behalf of JPS and
on behalf of Mr. Halkin.