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[award]

Mazal Tov
to all the Jewish book awards finalists and winners.
Below are nominees and winners of several Award bodies, including the National Jewish Book Award.

FINALISTS OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDS (Presentation was on March 29, 2001 in NYC) INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING... (The National Jewish Book Awards are administered and presented by the Jewish Book Council, located in New York City, see jcca.org)

Also, below, see the Association of Jewish Libraries' Sydney Taylor Book Award Winners (February 2001) and the KORET Award Winners (April 2001), below


FINALISTS OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK FICTION AWARD 2000:
Winner is "The Human Stain," by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin). The Human Stain concludes the author's trilogy of post-war American lives. Set in 1990s America, a time of cultural and moral warfare, it focuses upon the travails of Coleman Silk, an aging classics professor at a small New England collage. Silk is forced to retire in shame after a comment he makes in class is erroneously construed as racist. The writer, Nathan Zuckerman, Roth's alter ego, sets out to reconstruct the biography of his old friend to understand the painful trajectory of Silk's life. The reader discovers that Silk is actually African American passing as a White Jew. Roth is a three time winner of the Award (he won in 1960 for GOODBYE COLUMBUS, and in 1988 for COUNTERLIFE)


[family orchard] [bee season] [bad jews and other stories]













[human stain]













FINALISTS OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK GENERAL NON-FICTION AWARD 2000:
Winner is "Jew Vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry," Samuel G. Freedman (Simon & Schuster)
Jew vs. Jew is the passionate account of the "struggle for the soul of American Jewry." What is the definition of Jewish identity; Who decides what is authentic and legitimate Judaism; and What is the Jewish compact with America and American society. These are the questions rending the American Jewish community, or at least those who are active or identify with the community. Freedman's book explores these issues by reporting on recent incidents across America.

[jew vs jew] [one palestine complete] [life on the fringes]

















FINALISTS OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD 2000 IN JEWISH HISTORY
(Gerrard and Ella Berman Philanthropic Award):
Winner is "One Palestine, Complete," by Tom Segev (Metropolitan Books). A sweeping account of life in Palestine during the British Mandate, the life of the people and personalities and popular culture, but also a complicated and complex progression of character and incident which will challenge your assumptions.


[one palestine complete] [jewish threat] [first words fascist italy]










FINALISTS OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD 2000 IN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE:
Winner is "The Day The Rabbi Disappeared" by Howard Schwartz (Viking). Weaving deligtful tales of magic, mystery, mayhem, and triumph over evil, Schwartz provides an engaging collection of tales that moves through the 12 holidays in the Jewish calendar. Monique Passicot illustrates. In the tale, "The Dream of the Rabbi's Daughter", we learn about Lag Ba-Omer, the city of Safed, the Zohar, Rabbis Shimon bar Yohai and Moshe de Leon, and the distinction between a dybbuk (usually a bad spirit) and an ibbur (a good spirit)


[the day the rabbi disappeared] [darknessoverdenmark] [fireflies in the dark] [torn thread]













FINALISTS OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD 2000 FOR CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK
(Louis Posner Memorial Award):
Winner is "Moishe's Miracle," by Laura Krauss Melmed, illustrated by David Slonim (HarperCollins)


[ Moishes Miracle] [gershons monster ] [the thread of kindness]













FINALISTS OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD 2000 FOR HOLOCAUST GENRE
(Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation):
Winner is "Hitler's Austria," Evan Burr Burkey (University of North Carolina Press). This is an analysis of the popular attitudes towards the Nazi government in Austria. How much did Austrians participate, what was the role of the Catholic Church in Austria, why didn't postwar Austrian leaders confront the issue of Austrian antisemitism.


[ hitlers austria] [catholic church and the holocaust] [the guilt of nations] [the troubled memory]













FINALISTS OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD 2000 IN JEWISH-CHRISTIAN RELATIONS
(Charles H. Revson Award)
Winner is "Under His Very Windows, The Vatican and the Holocaust in Italy" Susan Zuccotti (Yale University Press). Interpreting the response of the Vatican to the persecution and extermination of European Jewry is in vogue. Zuccotti contributes this to the research pile. She considers the eighns of Pope Pius 11 and 12, and their representatives, in particular, seeking to understand what they knew and did to help Italy's Jews. Zuccotti demonstrates with new clarity the degree to which the Pope too action, the extent to which he encouraged them to act, and the magnitude of the Vatican's failure to assist Jews, even those who lived under his very windows. While the Pope did not act nor did he give orders from above, the author discusses the initiatives of local bishops and priests in smaller cities who rescued Jews and cooperated with the Jewish communities and their funds to save Jews.


[ under his very windows] [christianity in jewish terms ] [in my brothers image]













FINALISTS OF NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD 2000 - ISRAEL:
(Leon Jolson Award)
Winner is "One Palestine, Complete," by Tom Segev (Metropolitan Books)


[one palestine complete] [end of days] [from herzl to rabin] [israelis and the jewish tradition]














FINALISTS OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD 2000 FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND MEMOIR (Sandra Brand/Arik Weinstein Award):
Winner is "A Scholar's Odyssey," Cyrus H. Gordon (Society of Biblical Literature). Cyrus Gordon- linguist, biblical scholar, and provocative interpreter of the Ancient Mediterranean world- is a prolific and pioneering author with numerous scholarly treatises and popular books. With this autobiography, Gordon has given us a rich sense of individuals with whom he has come into contact and the ideas that play out in his interpretations. His life story recounts the unexpected directions in which he found himself led by his emerging and developing interests. From travels throughout the Mediterranean and Mesopotamian world and his work breaking secret codes during WWII, he sets the stage for a life of encouragement and inspiration to young scholars. Woven throughout the unfolding story is Gordon's philosophy of the interconnectedness of cultures that has been so significant, and sometimes controversial, in his career.



[A Scholars Odyssey] [False papers by Robert Melson, not by aciman] [motherland by fern chapman] [rememberings: the world of a russian jewish woman in the 19th century by pauline wengerhoff]















FINALISTS OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD 2000 FOR SCHOLARSHIP:
Winner is "The Modern Jewish Canon," by Ruth R. Wisse (The Free Press)


[the modern jewish canon] [the artless jew by kalman bland] [jewish enlightenment in an english key ruderman] [menstrual purity by fonrobet]












FINALISTS OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD 2000 FOR SEPHARDIC AND ASKENAZIC CULTURE:
(Mimi Levy Award in Memory of Becky Levy)
Winner is "Synagogues Without Jews," Rivka and Ben-Zion Dorfman (Jewish Publication Society)


[synagogues without jews] [goodbye evil eye kirchheimer] [1000 jewish recipes by faye levy]












FINALISTS OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD 2000 FOR SEPHARDIC STUDIES:
(Maurice S. Amado Award)
Winner is "Reluctant Cosmopolitans," by Daniel M. Swetschinski (The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization)
Focusing on the social dimension of Amsterdam's Portuguese Jewish economic and religious life, Swetschinski paints a lively and unconventional picture of the dynamics of a remarkable Jewish community, the first traditional Jewish society to creatively engage with the non-Jewish, secular world in relative harmony. A broad, authentic, and original vision of the transition from medieval to modern Jewish history. Particularly impressive is the chapter on religious discord and social conflict, in which the author stretches beyond the usual subjects (spinoza) and shows many different and previously unrecorded facets of the religious and social friction that the Portuguese and Spanish community experienced as they sought refuge in Holland from persecution.


[reluctant cosmopolitans swetchinski] [who are the jews of india katz] [queen esthers garden vera basch moreen]












FINALISTS OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD 2000 FOR JEWISH THOUGHT:
(Dorot Foundation Award in Memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson)
Winner is "A Letter in the Scroll," Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (The Free Press)


[letter in the scroll rabbi jonathan sacks]











FINALISTS OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD 2000 FOR WOMEN'S STUDIES
(Barbara Dobkin Award by Her Friends)
Winner is "Reproducing Jews: A Cultural Account of Assisted Conception in Israel," Susan Martha Kahn (Duke University Press)


[reproducing jews assisted conception in israel] [life on the fringes haviva ner david] [what makes women sick maternity modesty and militarism in israel society susan sered]












FINALISTS OF NATIONAL JEWISH BOOKS AWARD 2000 - YIDDISH :
(Forward Association Award)
Winner is "The Moscow State Yiddish Theater" Jeffrey Veidlinger (Indiana University Press)
Other Finalist: The Dybbuk and the Yiddish Imagination: A Haunted Reader by Joachim Neugroschel


[The Moscow State Yiddish Theater] [The Dybbuk and the Yiddish Imagination: A Haunted Reader by Joachim Neugroschel ]












FINALISTS OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD 2000 FOR EASTERN EUROPEAN JEWISH STUDIES AWARD 2000 (Ronald Lauder Award):
Winner is "Rewriting the Jew: Assimilation Narratives in the Russian Empire," Gabriella Safran (Stanford University Press). It is a nuanced and complicated of Jewish acculturation and assimilation in the 19th century Russia as seen in the depictions of four writers. With highly original insights, Gabriella Safran illustrates how acculturating Jews challenged preexisting conceptions of what Jews are. The book provides new and important understandings of what being Jewish and "becoming Russian" meant for Jews and Russians.


[Rewriting the Jew] [The Moscow State Yiddish Theater] [Languages of Community. The Jewish Experience in the Czech Lands] [the














FINALISTS OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD 2000 FOR REFERENCE BOOK:
Winner is "Reader's Guide to Judaism," edited by Michael Terry (Fitzroy Dearborn) with over 200 contributors. Michael Terry is the chief librarian of the Dorot Jewish Division of the NY Public Library. Each entry begins with a short bibliography of what the editors considered to be outstanding works on the chosen subject. A scholar contributes an opening paragraph on the subject, and the books are listed below with concise explanations. Close to 450 subjects are covered.
Other finalist is The Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Lawrence H. Schiffman and James C. VanderKam, eds. (Oxford University Press)



[readers guide to judaism] [The Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Lawrence H. Schiffman and James C. VanderKam, eds. (Oxford University Press) ]














The panel of judges for the National Book Awards included Alan Abramson, Caryl Ackerman, Zachary Baker, David Berger, Sam Bergman, Toni Bickart, Peter Black, Barbara Trainin Blank, Margery Cohen, Mark Cohen, Maurice Corson, Isaac Daniel, Jeremy Dauber, Ruthann Eckstein, Arnold Eisen, Douglas Florian, Ssamuel Freedman, Andrew Fruman, Stephen Garrin, Rela Geffen, Jane Gerber, Sheryl Gilbert, Zvi Gitelman, JJ Goldberg, Shalom Goldman, Judith Hauptman, Miriam Holmes, Michael Holzman, Carol Ingalls, H W Joselit, Edward Kagen, Steven Katz, Stuart Kelman, David Kertzer, Dennis Klein, Myra kraft, Tova Lichtman, Martin Lockshin, Mark Meierowitz, Philip Miller, Mark Nanos, Sanford Pinsker, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Nelly Segal, Bernard Septimus, Carl Sheingold, William Shulman, Barbara Simons, Dvora Tager, and Abby Wiener.

WINNERS OF THE KORET JEWISH BOOK AWARDS (APRIL 23, 2001)
Winners of the Koret Awards were Philip Roth for "The Human Stain"; Cynthia Ozick for "Quarrel and Quandary: Essays"; Kenneth Seskin for "Searching for a Distant God: The Legacy of Maimonides"; and David G. Ruderman for "Jewish Enlightenment in an English Key: Anglo-Jewry's Construction of Modern Jewish Thought." Judges included Mark Krupnick, Frances Malino, Alan Mintz, Morris Dickstein, Rebecca Goldstein, Alvin H. Rosenfeld, Elisheva Carlebach, Todd Endelman, Aron Rodriguez, James Kugel, Elliot Dorff, Ellen Umansky, and Steven Zipperstein. See koretfoundation.org


[ozick] [kenneth seskin distant god] [ruderman]













[human stain]











WINNER OF THE ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LIBRARIES'
Sydney Taylor Book 2000 Award for Older Readers:


[the key is lost by ida voss translated by therese edelstein]











WINNER OF THE ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LIBRARIES'
Sydney Taylor Book 2000 Honor for Older Readers:


[love You Soldier by Sonja Lamut] [fireflies in the dark: the story of friedl dicker brandeis and the children of terezin by susan goldman rubin ]











WINNER OF THE ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LIBRARIES'
Sydney Taylor Book 2000 Award for Younger Readers:


[gershons monster ]











WINNER OF THE ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LIBRARIES'
Sydney Taylor Book 2000 Honor for Younger Readers:


[the market wedding by cary fagan ] [the wisdom bird a tale of solomon and sheba by sheldon oberman ]












BELOW ARE WINNERS OF THE 1999 AWARDS

RECIPIENTS OF THE FICTION AWARD 1999

[book] THE WEDDING JESTER BY STEVEN STERN.
Steve Stern has consistently distinguished himself as one of the most inspired and imaginative of contemporary Jewish writers. His latest collection of stories, The Wedding Jester, not only fulfills the promise of his earlier work, but establishes him as the true heir of the finest modern Jewish authors, specially Isaac Babel, Bernard Malamud and I. B. Singer. Bringing his fertile imagination to bear on every astonishing sentence, Stern draws on the full range of the rich Jewish folk and literary traditions, consistently evoking his unique vision of the past from the perspective of the present in stories that deserve to be acknowledged as modern classics. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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RECIPIENT OF THE NON FICTION AWARD 1999

[book] Yosl Rakover Talks to God by Zvi Kolitz.
This book chronicles the story of this dying Jew's last words to God, a text that is regarded as one of the greatest pieces of writing to have emerged from the Holocaust. It then tells the story of who actually wrote the monologue, how it came to be written, and the afterlife of both the author and his creation. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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RECIPIENT OF THE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AWARD 1999

[book] With all my Heart, With all my Mind Sandy Asher (editor)
Sandy Asher, editor and writer, asks thirteen Jewish authors to respond to the question, "how can young people reconcile centuries of tradition with the modern world?" The results are thirteen stories about growing up Jewish. The stories are humorous, sad, contemplative. All, make the reader explore what it means to be Jewish. In "David's Star," a young Sephardic girl is exposed to anti-semitism for the first time. "The Last Days" has a courageous band of Jews on Masada wondering if it is better to live as slaves or to die free. A thirteen year old boy is disappointed in the Bar Mitzvah gift he receives until he begins to reveal his hopes and his fears in this gift, a diary, in "Frank and Stein." Each story is followed by a short interview in which the authors relate their own experiences growing up Jewish and their basis for writing their stories. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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RECIPIENT OF THE Leon Jolson Award for EDUCATION - 1999

[book] Transmission and Transformation: A Jewish Perspective on Moral Education by Carol K. Ingall
This is a slim volume chock full of excellent ideas offering a variety of approaches to developing an integrated program of Jewish moral education. Ingall insists that Jewish schools provide more than just proficiency in Hebrew language and text translation. She emphasizes the importance of the teacher as role model and moral educator. Ingall introduces the reader to the "eight E's" of moral education: Excellences, Environment, Experience, Expectations, Explanation, Examination, Exemplars, and Empathy. The author offers a "brief overview of each and elaborates with Jewish sources and curricular suggestions for implementation." This book is an excellent resource for any teacher, principal or informal educator involved in Jewish education. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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RECIPIENT OF THE Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation for HOLOCAUST GENRE - 1999

[bookcover] Reading the Holocaust Inga Clendinnen
Inga Clendinnen's Reading the Holocaust is an elegantly written and intelligently analyzed introduction to the Holocaust. In a limited space, the author succeeds in covering the major features of this important historical event. Clendinnen approaches each of the difficult issues with sensitivity and respect, achieving a remarkable balance between the explainable and the unexplainable. Throughout this study, the reader is invited to participate in an intellectually challenging undertaking. Capturing the complexity of the subject, the author remains unobtrusively in the background. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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RECIPIENT OF THE Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation for ISRAEL GENRE - 1999

[book] The Multiple Identities of the Middle East by Professor Bernard Lewis
Lewis, the renowned Emeritus Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Priceton University, examines the various countries that make up the Middle East. For while the Middle East is indeed the birthplace of ancient civilizations, most of themodern states that occupy its territory are of recent origin. In The Multiple Identities of the Middle East, Lewis, through an examination of religion, race and language elucidates the critical role of identity in the domestic, regional and international tensions and conflicts of the Middle East today. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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RECIPIENT OF THE Sandra Brand and Arik Weintraub Award for Autobiography/Memoir - 1999

[book] King David's Harp Stephen A. Sadow (editor)
King David's Harp is both a haunting and inspiring oratorio rarely heard by Jewish listeners in north America. Whether translated from Spanish and Portuguese or written in English, these arias reflect the struggle and resilience of an universal Jewish spirit. While each voice remains unique, the essays harmonize in their yearnings for freedom, justice, peace, fulfillment, and transcendence. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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RECIPIENT OF THE The Louis Posner Memorial Award for Children's Picture Book - 1999

[book] Joseph Had a Little Overcoat Simms Taback
WINNER OF THE CALDECOTT AWARD FOR THE BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK OF 1999. BASED ON A YIDDISH SONG AND FOLKTALE. Joseph, a resourceful tailor and farmer in Yehupetz Poland, had a little overcoat, but it was full of holes--just like this book! When Joseph's coat got too old and shabby, he made it into a jacket. But what did he make it into after that? And after that? (scarf, tie, handkerchief, button) Taback employs die-cuts to tell the story (jacket, vest, scarf, tie, handkerchief, and button). Taback incorporates details of Jewish life-the Yiddish newspaper the Morning Freiheit; references to Sholom Aleichem and other writers and philosophers; Yiddish proverbs and Chelm stories-to create a veritable pageant of pre-WWII Jewish-Polish life. As children turn the pages of this book, they can use the die-cut holes to guess what Joseph will be making next from his amazing overcoat--while they laugh at the bold, cheerful artwork and learn that you can always make something, even out of nothing. The back page includes the Yiddish song (music and text). Based on a 1977 version that Simms Taback authored. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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RECIPIENT OF THE Charles H. Revson Foundation for Jewish Christian Relations Award - 1999

[book] Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews: A Jewish Life and the Emergence of Christianity by Paula Fredriksen
Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews by Paula Fredriksen is the story of the modern quest for the Jesus of history, or as the author describes her topic: the historical Jesus and the Jewish origins of Christianity. The gains made in our knowledge of first-century Judaism, for example through the discovery of the dead sea scrolls, have provided new sources for this re-interpretation of Jesus. The author, an acclaimed historian of Christianity, uses Jewish and Christian sources such as the Scrolls; early Rabbinic writings; and Jewish authorities of the time, Philo, Paul and Josephus. She is a writer and a teacher whose text aims to educate and give readers a sense of living history. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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RECIPIENT OF THE Dorot Foundation in Memory of Joy Ungerleider Mayerson Award for JEWISH THOUGHT - 1999

[book] The Religious Thought of Hasidism by Rabbi Norman Lamm
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RECIPIENT OF THE National Jewish Book Award for REFERENCE - 1999

[book] The Hebrew Folktale: History, Genre, Meaning (University of Indiana Press) by Eli Yassif.
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RECIPIENT OF The Gerard and Ella Berman Philanthropic Fund Award in HISTORY - 1999

[book] Berlin Metropolis: Jews and the New Culture 1890-1918 (University of California Press and The Jewish Museum) edited by Emily D. Bilski
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RECIPIENT OF THE Mimi Frank in Memory of Becky Levy Award for Sephardic and Ashkenazic Culture - 1999

[book] Drizzle of Honey: The Lives and Recipes of Spain's Secret Jews by David M. Gitlitz, Linda Kay Davidson
David Gitlitz and Linda Kay Davidson are a husband and wife team and teachers at the the University of Rhode Island. David is a past winner of the 1996 National Jewish Book Award, and he is a specialist in aljamas (jewish neighborhoods), the converso/crypto Jews, the anusim (forced converts) and the meshumadim (willing coverts). Using cookbooks and Inquisition documents in Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan (including the rare 13th Century Al Andalus cookbook of the Cocina Hispano-Magribi), the authors have recreating over 90 recipes of the Converso jewish community. During the Inquisitions in the Iberian peninsula, Jews and Moslems were killed, exiled, or converted. Some of the converted remained Jewish or Moslem and became Crypto-Jews, Crypto-Moslems, or Conversos. Spain expelled Jews in 1492 (you know, when Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue); Portugal expelled Jews in 1497. The recipes are well categorized, and make use of lamb, beef, fish, eggplant, greens, turnips, chickpeas, as well as mace, cinnamon, ginger, lavender, rue, portulaca, and dozens of other spices. Most recipes include histories and characters of the period, which is the prime motivation to purchase this book. For example, along of the recipes of Beatrice Nunez, we learn that she was arrested in 1485. Her maid turned her in to the Inquisition for the crime of maintaining a kosher kitchen. She also prepared a Sabbath stew of lamb, chickpeas and eggs. Proof enough to have her burned at the stake. Among my favorite recipes is Mayor Gonzalez's Egg and Carrot Casserole. She was imprisoned in 1483 for killing a goose in "the Jewish way." Then there is Juan Sanchez's hamin of chickpeas, spinach and cabbage; and Maria de Luna's rasquillas, honey pastries that she prepared for the post-Yom Kippur fast. She was arrested in 1505 for this crime. There is also Juan de Teva's Roast Lamb dish. Juan's father was a rabbi who was burned to death i n1484. The authors also include the Roast Chicken with Fruit and Almori recipe of Anton de Montoro. Senor de Montoro was a rag merchat in Cordoba, but is most well known as being the converso poet to the Court of Queen Isabel of Castile. De Montoro was accused of preparing stuffed radishes (a Jewish dish) and Pollo Judio (jewish chicken). Easily, this is among the top three Jewish Cookbooks of the year. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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RECIPIENT OF THE Maurice Amado Foundation Award for SEPHARDIC STUDIES - 1999

[bookcover] Heretics or Daughters of Israel? The Crypto-Jewish Women of Castille by Renee Levine Melammed
Sections include The Judaizing Heresy; The Inquisition, and the Conversas; Jews and Conversas: The First Century of Crypto-Judaism; The Lives of Judaizing Women after 1942; Messianic Turmoil circa 1500; Castilian Conversas at Work; The Lopez-Villarreal Family: Three Convicted Judaizers (1516-1521); The Lopez Women's Tachas; The Inquisition and the Midwife; and The Judaizers of Alcazar at the End of Sixteenth Century: ``Corks Floating on Water.' Conclusion Heretics or Daughters of Israel? Click to read more reviews of this book.
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RECIPIENT OF THE National Jewish Book Award for SCHOLARSHIP - 1999

[book] Living Letters of the Law: Ideas of the Jew in Medieval Christianity by Jeremy Cohen
Jeremy Cohen's Living Letters of the Law is a careful and comprehensive study of major early and medieval Church leaders and their views of Judaism and Jews. Cohen begins with Augustine, whose thought had lasting impact on ecclesiastical thinking all through the Middle Ages, and proceeds down through the friars of the thirteenth century. Throughout the study, Cohen analyses closely the conception of Judaism and Jews held by important Church leaders, insisting throughout on setting these views of Judaism and Jews in the broader context of each important leader's overall thought. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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RECIPIENT OF THE Barbara Dobkin Honorary Award (by her friends) in WOMENS STUDIES - 1999

[bookcover] Heretics or Daughters of Israel? The Crypto-Jewish Women of Castille by Renee Levine Melammed
Sections include The Judaizing Heresy; The Inquisition, and the Conversas; Jews and Conversas: The First Century of Crypto-Judaism; The Lives of Judaizing Women after 1942; Messianic Turmoil circa 1500; Castilian Conversas at Work; The Lopez-Villarreal Family: Three Convicted Judaizers (1516-1521); The Lopez Women's Tachas; The Inquisition and the Midwife; and The Judaizers of Alcazar at the End of Sixteenth Century: ``Corks Floating on Water.' Conclusion Heretics or Daughters of Israel? Click to read more reviews of this book.
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RECIPIENT OF THE Ronald S. Lauder Award in EASTERN EUROPEAN STUDIES - 1999

[book] Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry. Focusing on Galicia: Jews, Poles, and Ukrainians. Editred by Israel Bartal & A. Polonsky.
This year's award is honoring Polin, a journal of studies in Polish Jewry which published its twelfth volume. Since its inception in 1986, the journal has offered a forum for outstanding scholarship drawn from many disciplines. By publishing contributions from many different countries, it opened a dialogue in a field where scholars found it difficult to communicate with one another across national boundaries. It left no subject untouched, and gives on its pages an encyclopedic overview of one thousand years of history of Polish Jewry. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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RECIPIENT OF THE Forward Foundation Award for Yiddish Language and Culture - 1999

[book] Poyln: Jewish Life in the Old Country by Marek Web
He was truly a renaissance man and center of intellectual life: essayist, journalist, founder of a left-wing daily, worshipped photographer of the great and humble, and editor of both Peretz and Ansky. He was murdered in a Jewish cemetery by Ukranians in Tarnopol after escaping the Nazi's. His daughter survived, and was instrumental in getting this book published. Unfortunately she died earlier this year prior to publication. This collection is a treasure. My favorites are the famed photo of a Lublin cheder (1924), and the one of Khane Kolski, taken when she was 106, in which she says that her son in America doesnt even believe that she is still alive. To me, the photos create a lost world; but to the readers of The Forward, for whom the photos were taken, it probably reminded them why they fled the shtetls for the Golden Land of America. Click to read more reviews of this book.
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2ND ANNUAL KORET FOUNDATION / NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR JEWISH CULTURE AWARDS

RECIPIENT OF THE KORET- Fiction Award - 1999

[book] A Journey to the End of the Millennium - A Novel of the Middle Ages by A. B. Yehoshua
Paperback will be released March 2000. Click to read more reviews of this book.






RECIPIENT OF THE KORET- History Award - 1999

[bookcover] Voices of the Matriarchs : Listening to the Prayers of Early Modern Jewish Women by Chava Weissler
Chava Weissler restores balance to our knowledge of Judaism by providing the first look at non-Hebrew Jewish source materials: the vernacular women's devotional prayers called tkhines. In Weissler's hands, these Yiddish prayers open a window into early modern Ashkenazic women's lives, beliefs, devotion, and relationships with God. In the last section of Voices of the Matriarchs Weissler looks at the changes the twentieth century wrought in the practice of writing and reciting tkhines.






RECIPIENT OF THE KORET- Biography Award - 1999

[bookcover] Spinoza - A Life. By Steven Nadler
Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) was one of the most important philosophers of all time; he was also arguably the most radical and controversial. This is the first complete biography of Spinoza in any language and is based on detailed archival research.






RECIPIENT OF THE KORET- Philosophy and Thought Award - 1999

[bookcover] Along the Edge of Annihilation : The Collapse and Recovery of Life in the Holocaust Diary by David Patterson
This book is based on more than fifty diaries of Jewish Holocaust victims of all ages, written while the events described were actually taking place. Many of the manscripts were literally buried by their authors, who wrote knowing that their words might never be read by others but nonetheless did their best to preserve them. Many of the writers did not survive. Patterson's book is unique not only in the number of diaries and original texts it examines but also in the questions it raises and in the approach it takes from within Jewish traditions and contexts. Patterson has organized his book around a series of themes that lead to a deeper understanding of the meaning of these works for both their writers and their readers, affirming the Holocaust diary as a form of spiritual resistance. Throughout, he draws upon his impressive knowledge of Jewish texts, ancient and modern - Torah, Talmud, Midrash, Zohar, the medieval commentators, the Hasidic masters, and modern Jewish philosophers and thinkers.








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