Leon Wiener Dow’s Book ‘The Going’ Wins Jewish Book Award
Shalom Hartman Institute Research Fellow Leon Wiener Dow ’s book, The Going: A Meditation on Jewish Law , won the Jewish Book Council’s National Jewish Book Award for 2018 award in the category of Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice.
Jewish Book Council is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting Jewish interest literature. This is the award program’s 68th year.
The Going is a work that casts philosophical and theological reflections against a backdrop of personal experience. Wiener Dow’s a learned discourse elucidates the telos of Jewish law and the philosophical-theological commitments that animate it.
To the reader gazing upon the halakha from the outside, this book offers a glimpse of its central, orienting concepts. To the reader who lives amidst the rigor of halakha, this book bestows an insightful glance at the law’s orienting ethos and higher aspirations that often remain opaque.
Leon has published papers in modern Jewish philosophy, Jewish law, and Jewish education. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and their five children.
Hartman Senior Fellow Yossi Klein Halevi’s 2018 book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor , was a finalist in the Book Club category.
North American Faculty Lynn Kaye’s book, Time in the Babylonian Talmud: Natural and Imaged Times in Jewish Law and Narrative , was a finalist in the Scholarship Category.
Winners of the 2018 National Jewish Book Awards will be honored on March 5, 2019, at a gala awards dinner and ceremony to be held in New York City.