The Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought is proud to announce the joint winners of the Triennial award for the best book in Jewish Thought for the years 2019-2021.

From among over seventy books submitted for consideration. The winning submissions are:

Yehuda Halper

 Jewish Socratic Questions in an Age without Plato

 Permitting and Forbidding Open Inquiry in 12-15th Century Europe and North Africa

Brill (2021), 266 pp. (English)


Maoz Kahana

 A Heartless Chicken

 Religion and Science in Early Modern Rabbinic Culture

 Bialik Institute (2021), 432 pp. (Hebrew)

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​Awards that were bestowed are as follows:

2019: Adi Ophir and Ishay Rosen-Zvi, Goy: Israel's Multiple Others and the Birth of the Gentile (Oxford University Press)

2016: Benjamin D. Sommer, Revelation and Authority: Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library, 2015)

2013: Ephraim Kanarfogel, The intellectual History and Rabbinic Culture of Medieval Ashkenaz (Wayne State University Press, 2012) and Roni Weinstein, Break the Vessels: Kabbalah and Jewish Modernity ( Tel-Aviv University Press, 2011, in Hebrew)

2010: Eliezer Schweid, Criticism on Modern Secular Culture [Hebrew] (Magnes Press, Jerusalem, 2007)

2007: Yair Lorberbaum, The Image of God: Halacha and Aggada [Hebrew] (Schoken Publishing House, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, 2004).

2004: Peter E. Gordon, Rosenzweig and Heidegger: Between Judaism and German Philosophy (University of California Press, Berkeley 2003), and Mordechai Akiva Friedman, Maimonides, the Yemenite Messiah and Apostasy [Hebrew] (Ben-Zvi Institute, Jerusalem 2002).

 2001: Moshe Halbertal, Between Torah and Wisdom [Hebrew] (Magnes Press, Jerusalem 2000) and  Dov Schwartz, Astral Magic in Medieval Jewish Thought [Hebrew] (Bar-Ilan University Press, Ramat-Gan 1999).