2/11/11

The Times Discovers the Ennobling and Enabling YU Book Sale

Sometimes a book sale is just a book sale. And sometimes it is so much more.

We received a poetic missive from Richard M. Joel, President of Yeshiva University via email:
I’m delighted to share with you a piece from today’s New York Times that reflects the dynamic and diversity of our school and our community through the vehicle of the Seforim Sale. As so many of you know, the Seforim Sale is more than a magnificent collection of contemporary books and sacred texts. With 15,000+ visitors, it is something of a Yeshiva University annual homecoming. So many educational values and unique Yeshiva University characteristics are reflected in this short article – the centrality of education, student leadership, community, diversity, safety, the sanctity of learning and, of course, the Rav. In essence, it captures and celebrates the dynamic of ennobling and enabling.
The Times' story is here, Yeshiva Fair Is a Bastion for Jewish Books of the Printed Variety, By JOSEPH BERGER.

He tells us at the end, "Profits from the fair are earmarked for student organizations as well as for poorer students who need money for food, clothing and tuition." We'd like to know why there are any profits? Way back when (more than 25 years ago, contrary to article in the Times) the sale was put on to give students a chance to buy books at cost. What happened to that model? And now how much profit is there? And who decides how to distribute it? An ennobling, enabling and in essence, an enigma.

PS: The online site has a search page that returns only ten items for a search of the keyword "Soloveitchik". That seems wrong to us.

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