The Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University has announced the recipients of the 2005 Norman Podhoretz Prize in Jewish Studies and the 2005 Selma and Lewis Weinstein Prize in Jewish Studies.
Jessica Marglin, a junior in Dudley House, won this year’s Norman Podhoretz Prize for her essay “Receiving the Torah in Greek: Responsibility in Emmanuel Levinas’ ‘Substitution’ and ‘The Temptation of Temptation.'” This award – given to the Harvard student who submits the best essay, feature article, or short story on a Jewish theme – is named in honor of the former editor of Commentary magazine from 1960 to 1995. The Ernest H. Weiner Fund at the American Jewish Committee sponsors the prize.
The winner of this year’s Selma and Lewis Weinstein Prize in Jewish Studies is senior Joshua Suskewicz of Currier House. Suskewicz won for his essay “Literature and the Forging of a New Society in I.L. Peretz’s ‘In the Mail Coach’ and ‘Stories.'” The Weinstein Prize, which is given to the Harvard University student who submits the best undergraduate essay in Jewish studies, was established by Lewis H. Weinstein A.B. ’27, LL.B. ’30.