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1983 NAT IONAL JEW ISH BOOK AWARDS
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stories , essays, li te ra ry reviews, m em o irs a n d recollections o f Jew ­
ish life in C anada . A tr ib u te to Y idd ish lite ra ry creativity in
C an ad a , it also em phas izes the close re la tion sh ip be tw een the
C an ad ian and o th e r Y idd ish literary cen te rs .
JUDGES:
Zachary M. B aker,
Librarian-,
Em anue l Go ldsm ith ,
Queens College, New York\
Elias Schu lm an ,
Literary Critic.
JEW ISH H ISTO R Y
G
e r r a r d
a n d
E
lla
B
e rm a n
A
w a r d
Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish Memory
by Yosef Hayim
Y eru sha lm i (University o f W ash ing ton Press)
In a lucid and g race fu l overview, th e a u th o r recon s tru c ts Jew ­
ish his torical m em o ry an d emphasizes th e h istorical l i te r a tu re o f
th e Jew s. H e synthesizes m uch o f the rich re sea rch o f th e past
c en tu ry , evalua tes sympathetically its ach ievem en ts and
sho r tcom ing s , an d suggests p rom is ing new d irec tions fo r f u r th e r
scholarly inqu iry .
JUDGES:
A b rah am A tik,
National Foundation fo r Jewish Culture-,
R ob e r t Chazan ,
Queens College, N .Y .
; F rances Malino,
University o f
Mass.
JEW ISH THOUGHT
F
r a n k
a n d
E
t h e l
S. C
o h e n
A
w a r d
Hispano-Jewish Culture in Transition
by B e rn a rd Sep tim us
(H a rv a rd Un iversity Press)
An in te llec tua l h is to ry o f R. Meir A bu lafia (d. 1244) an d his
times , it describes how Jew ish th o u g h t was a ffec ted when Moslem
Spain came u n d e r th e in f luence o f C h ris tian E u rope . In this
h igh ly o rig ina l study , Sep tim us plays the ro le o f a detec tive who,
sensitive to every clue in the p rim a ry sources, solves the mystery
by re con s tru c t ing the even ts as they m u s t have occu rred .
JUDGES:
Michael B e re n b a um
, Author-,
Azriel Fellner,
Rabbi, New
York City;
Sidney Z. L eim an ,
Brooklyn College, New York.