TEL AVIV (Jan. 5)
Dr. Saul Lieberman, a member of the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, has been awarded the second of two municipal prizes for Talmudic research after an Orthodox uproar about a Tel Aviv award to him of the other prize which he said he was ready to forego, it was disclosed today.
Announcement of the award of the municipal “Rabbi Kook” prize for Torah research evoked last year furious opposition from Orthodox winners who said they would not accept the prize if it was given to a “Conservative rabbi.” The dispute delayed the Rabbi Kook award last year and Dr. Lieberman volunteered to resign the award.
This year the municipality awarded him the Bialik prize for “Israel Science” for his book, “Tosseftah.” Nathan Alterman. the poet was the co-winner of the same prize.