Friday, February 11, 2011

Yeshiva Fair Is a Bastion for Jewish Books of the Printed Variety


There, in a cavernous hall on its campus, Yeshiva University is holding its annual seforim sale — its book fair. It offers 150,000 new and incontrovertibly genuine books — printed and bound — of 13,000 titles. They include gilded volumes of Torah and Talmud, novels, cookbooks, biographies, humor collections, self-help guides and children’s picture books, all Jewish-themed.

The fair opened on Sunday and ends on Feb. 27; 15,000 people are expected to visit and to spend a total of $1 million [...]


  1. Newspaper of broken recordFebruary 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    The NY Times reporter chooses to link to the Arabist PBS for the Muslim definition of "People of the Book".

    Does anyone know the origins of עם הספר in the way that Yiddishkeit defines it?

    The only reference I could online is the mention of two secular books on this topic: "People of the Book: Thirty Scholars Reflect on Their Jewish Identity" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997) and "People of the Book: Canon, Meaning, and Authority" (Harvard University Press, 1997).

  2. From my research a number of years back, we adopted it from the Moslems and infused it with new meaning.
    Joel Rich

  3. People of the Book is traditionally how the gentiles often referred to the Jews -- since the Jews are the People of the Bible. The term itself is not of Jewish origination, just an outside description of Jews.


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