Jewish Thought At The 2019 Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award

Jewish books

At a time when so many of us worry about the future of reading, the future of books, and the future of university scholarship and the humanities, this type of community recognition is a ray of light. You can see all the categories, winners and finalists of the 2019 Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award here.

It is especially gratifying to see the place of Jewish thought and philosophy in this writers’ eco-system. For the purpose of this post, I’m highlighting those finalists writing, more or less loosely, under the rubric of Jewish thought. I’m noting in particular Paul Nahme, who published his book on Hermann Cohen at the series in New Jewish Philosophy and Thought at Indiana University Press (where he is joining, among all the brilliant writer-scholars at the series, award winners Mara Benjamin and Samuel Brody.)

In no particular order they are:

Rashi’s Com­men­tary on the Torah: Can­on­iza­tion and Resis­tance in the Recep­tion of a Jew­ish Classic
Eric Lawee
Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Press

The Auto­bi­og­ra­phy of Solomon Mai­mon: The Com­plete Translation
Yitzhak Y. Melamed, Abra­ham Socher, eds.; Paul Reit­ter, trans.
Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty Press

Her­mann Cohen and the Cri­sis of Liberalism
Paul E. Nahme
Indi­ana Uni­ver­si­ty Press

Dis­si­dent Rab­bi: The Life of Jacob Sas­portas 
Yaa­cob Dweck
Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty Press

Sarah Schenir­er and the Bais Yaakov Move­ment 
Nao­mi Seidman
The Littman Library of Jew­ish Civilization

The Noto­ri­ous Ben Hecht: Icon­o­clas­tic Writer and Zion­ist Mil­i­tant 
Julien Gorbach
Pur­due Uni­ver­si­ty Press

Vasi­ly Gross­man and the Sovi­et Cen­tu­ry 
Alexan­dra Popoff
Yale Uni­ver­si­ty Press

The Foun­da­tions of Amer­i­can Jew­ish Liberalism
Ken­neth D. Wald
Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty Pres

Amer­i­can Jew­Bu: Jews, Bud­dhists, and Reli­gious Change
Emi­ly Sigalow
Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty Press

Colo­nial­ism and the Jews 
Ethan B. Katz
Indi­ana Uni­ver­si­ty Press

 

 

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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