09 February 2006

YU's Seforim Sale & Drew: Day One

After my Elman class ended this evening, I could not pass up going to the YU Seforim Sale, as it was not only the first night of said event, but also it was only a block away and I would have felt silly passing up such an opportunity. For those of you who don't know what's so significant about this event, it's North America's largest Jewish book sale, and occurs every February. There they have some of the best prices on Hebrew seforim (books, though often used to denote more holy books, or whatever), in fact, there are people out there that look forward to it (see, for instance, BangItOut's blog mentioned it (don't forget to check out their top ten lists related to this event, such as this one and this one) and even some conservative rabbi mentioned it).
So, I went. I ended up purchasing (this time around) three sets: one is that of the Torat Hayyim set of Humash, a set of the Tur's Arba'ah Turim , and what I thought was a set of the Talmud Yerushalmi. What I didn't realize until after I had been identifying the individual books as mine was that it was merely a set of Seder Zera'im of the Talmud Yerushalmi. D'oh! What was so voluminous about this set was that there's a lot of commentary in this edition.
Oh well, Berakhos is cool, though. So I went back with them. Fortunately, it was only eight blocks back to my apartment, as it's in my neighborhood (yay!).
While there, I saw my fellow Gahannian (def. "One who comes from, or lives in, Gahanna"), Aaryn Rubin, as well as someone I had known from Derech, who's now at YU, Ya'akov Gormezano, in addition to two fellow bloggers, Steg and
Menachem Butler, the latter of whom was helping work the seforim sale.


Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

I knew i shoulda jumped into that picture! ;-)

me: http://boroparkpyro.blogspot.com/

menachem: http://ajhistory.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

1. Return the Tur for the Machon Yerushalayim version. It's quite a bit more money, but you will absolutely come to regret it if you don't. It's simply that well done.

2. Return the Yerushalmi for the new (like three weeks old, tops) print by Meorei Ohr -- yummy re-typeset, error-corrected, laser-printed goodness. It should be about $170.00.

Drew_Kaplan said...

You should have - I don't know who that other fellow in the picture is with me - he's just some random guy.
I fixed the link - I must have accidently not copied when I copied-and-pasted.

$400 extra dollars for the Tur?? I really need to think about that.
I like your Yerushalmi idea, though will they take it with my name on the inside of all of them? Even if I scratch my name out, etc., will they still take it back?

Anonymous said...

Doubtful on the name thing, I'm afraid.

The Tur shouldn't be $400 extra dollars - the large size can often be found for $390 total. I didn't check the price at the sale. There's also the peninim size which personally I would choose over a full size set of the old print.

Drew_Kaplan said...

The Mekhon Yerushalayim set (the nice set) of the Tur is selling for over $500 at the Seforim sale, but I'm fine with the one that I have for over $100. If you go to their catalogue, you will see that (on page 35) they list it at $502, versus the set that I bought was listed at $112 - a huge difference (they are juxtaposed with one another).

Gatos Hombre said...

Drew, the Machon Yerushalayim Tur is offered there 241 for the smaller one and 500 for the big guy. The funny thing is that the small Machon Yerushelaym Tur actually has bigger print for the commentaries on the tur than the one that u bought...I'd return it.

Anyone know if there is a middle size of teh machon Yerushalim Tur available anywhere? I only saw a small and beig version.

Drew_Kaplan said...

You might return it, but I have my name stamped in each of the volumes I purchased, which probably makes it rather difficult to return....

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

I once slipped a book into the SOY Sefarim sale list in the 80's: Profundis Profundum, a Lexicon of Verbosity, by Rabbi Dr. Lamm.

Anonymous said...

Wow. That's a horrendous price for the large Machon Yerushalayim Tur. I can't imagine that it's gone up by more than 25% in the last year.