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1984 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDS
317
Judges :
David
C.
Gross,
editor, TheJewish Week, N. Y
Jessie Lurie,
publisher;
Dr. Raphael Patai,
author.
JEW ISH H ISTORY
G
errard
a n d
E
l la
B
erm an
A
w a r d
Tsar Nicholas I, and theJews: The Transformation o fJewish Society in
Russia 1825-1855
by Michael Stanislawski (Jewish Publication So­
ciety)
Based on a wide range o f sources in a number o f languages,
this book analyzes a watershed period in the history o f Russian
Jewry. The author argues cogently that the changes inJewish life
introduced by Nicholas I initiated a set o f transformations whose
full force was felt in the explosive last decades o f the 19th cen­
tury. In carefully studying the period between 1825 and 1855,
Stanislawski has made a major contribution to the general com­
prehension o f the tumultuous experience o f modern Russian
Jewry.
Judges :
Dr. Robert Chazan,
Queens College;
Leonard Fein,
editor,
Moment;
Dr. Paula Hyman,
Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
JEW ISH THOUGH T
F rank and E t h e l
S.
C oh en A w a r d
Post-Holocaust Dialogues: Critical Studies in Modern Jewish Thought
by Steven T. Katz (New York University Press)
This book is more than a summary o f contemporary Jewish
thought. It is a critical investigation separating the wheat from
the chaff, and enabling the reader to focus on what is really sig­
nificant. Katz’s volume is both an appreciation and trenchant cri­
tique o f the contributions o f Martin Buber, Eliezer Berkovits,
Richard Rubenstein, Emil Fackenheim, and Ignaz Maybaum. A
central focus o f the volume isJewish philosophical and theologi­
cal reflection on the Holocaust.
Judges :
Dr. Sid Z. Leiman,
Brooklyn College;
Dr. Martha
Rozenblit,
University o f Maryland;
Rabbi Myron Fenster,
Shelter
Rock Jewish Center.