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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
Biale offers an overview of Jewish political history that revises
popular stereotypes of Jewish sovereignty in Israel and power­
lessness in the Diaspora. His work contains many important pol­
icy implications for contemporary Jewish political behavior. In
his view, Jews ought to continue to navigate the difficult straits of
international relations, avoiding both isolation from foreign pow­
ers and subservience to their demands. This essay compels us to
recognize that the reality of the Jewish condition generally lies
between Jewish omnipotence and powerlessness, although politi­
cal theorists of varying ideologies have often sought to magnify
both Jewish power and weakness.
J
u d g e s
:
Dr. Steven Bayme,
AmericanJewish Committee
; Dr. Jane
Gerber,
City Univ. o fNew York
; Dr. Robert Chazan,
New York Univ.
JEW ISH THOUGHT
W
ill iam
(Z
ev
) F
rank
M
emor ial
A
ward
Galut, ModernJewish Reflection on Homelessness and Homecoming,
by
Arnold M. Eisen (Indiana University Press)
Galut, ModernJewish Reflection on Homelessness and Homecoming
is
a study of both classical and contemporary writings dealing with
rootlessness and return to Zion, a subject which has preoccupied
the Jewish imagination for two millenia. An important contribu­
tion to the debate, this book will provoke today’s generation of
exiles — both political and spiritual — to re-examine the notion of
galut and achieve a true homecoming.
J
u d g e s
:
Dr. Eugene Borowitz,
HUC-JIR, New York
; Dr. Jacob
Staub,
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College',
David Blumenthal,
Emory University.
SCHOLARSHIP
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arah
H.
a n d
J
u l iu s
K
u sh n e r
M
emor ial
A
w ard
Sifre: A Tannaitic Commentary on the Book ofDeuteronomy,
by Reuven
Hammer (Yale University Press)
Sifre: A Tannaitic Commentary on the Book o fDeuteronomy
is a work
of immense effort and scholarship. Among the earliest examples
of Midrashic interpretation, it will be a great help in increasing
the reader’s understanding. This translation is an important
service to the American reading public.
J
u d g e s
:
Dr. Jacob Kabakoff,
editor, Jewish Book Annual;
Dr.