Spicehandler, Ezra 1921-

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PERSONAL: Born April 6, 1921, in NY; son of Abraham (a merchant) and Esther (an insurance agent; maiden name, Orkin) Spicehandler; married Shirley Horn, August 20, 1944; children: Reena Miriam, Judith Hannah. Ethnicity: "American Jewish." Education: University of Cincinnati, B.A., 1942; Hebrew Union College, M.H.L., 1945, Ph.D., 1952. Politics: Liberal. Religion: Jewish. Hobbies and other interests: Hebrew literature, Anglo-American literature, Middle East studies, Israel and Zionism.

ADDRESSES: Home—6721 Fair Acres Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45213. Offıce—c/o Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 3101 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220; fax: 513-221-0321. E-mail—ezra@fuse. net.

CAREER: Ordained rabbi, 1945; Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York, NY, instructor, 1961-63, assistant professor, 1963-65; Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, OH, associate professor, 1965-69, professor, 1969-91; Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem, Israel, dean, 1970-80. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, visiting professor, 1973-76; Oxford University, visiting professor at Oriental Institute, 1990. World Zionist Organization, member of council, 1966-86, member of Presidium, 1987; American Labor Zionist Organization, president, 1983-86.

MEMBER: World Union of Jewish Studies, Association of Jewish Studies, Central Conference of American Rabbis.

AWARDS, HONORS: Fulbright fellowship for Iran, 1962-63; Newman Prize for Hebrew Literature, 1990.


(With Stanley Burshaw and T. Carmi) The Modern Jewish Poem Itself, Holt, Rinehart & Winston (New York, NY), 1965, 4th edition, Wayne State University Press (Detroit, MI), 2002.

Perakim Biyahadut, Newman Press, 1965.

Maamarim-Yehoshua Heschel Schorr, Bialik Foundation, 1970.

Yehadut Iran, Hebrew University, 1970.

Hebrew Short Stories, Bantam (New York, NY), 1971.

New Writing in Israel, [Jerusalem, Israel], 1976.

(Editor and translator, with David Patterson) Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Random Harvest: The Novellas of Bialik (contains "Random Harvest," "Behind the Fence," "The Shamed Trumpet," "Big Harry," "The Short Friday," and "The Legend of the Three and Four"), Perseus (Boulder, CO), 1999.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Editing Yosef Hayyim Brenner: Selected Fiction, with David Patterson, publication expected in 2003.



Library Journal, June 15, 1999, Molly Abramowitz, review of Random Harvest: The Novellas of Bialik, p. 111.

Times Literary Supplement, March 3, 2000, Jonathan Wilson, review of Random Harvest, p. 4.

World Literature Today, spring, 1990, Avraham Balaban, review of The Modern Hebrew Poem Itself, p. 357.