Announcements #182: OU Press at the Seforim Sale

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OU Press at the Seforim Sale

The YU Seforim Sale is taking place now (calendar). Look out for these OU Press books at the sale:


  • Festivals of Faith: Reflections on the Jewish Holidays by R. Norman Lamm (BRAND NEW)
  • Darosh Darash Yosef: Discourses of Rav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik on the Weekly Parashah by R. Avishai David
  • Covenant & Conversation on Genesis and Exodus by R. Jonathan Sacks
  • Unlocking the Torah Text on Bereishit, Shemot and Vayikra by R. Shmuel Goldin
  • Hilchot Tefilla: A Comprehensive Guide to the Laws of Daily Prayer by R. David Brofsky
  • The Mind of the Mourner by Dr. Joel B. Wolowelsky
  • The Royal Table: A Passover Haggadah by R. Norman Lamm
  • The Seder Night: An Exalted Evening by R. Joseph B. Soloveitchik
  • The Nach Yomi Companion on Neviim and Kesuvim by R. Jack Abramowitz
  • Hebrew

  • Divrei HaRav by R. Hershel Schachter
  • Shiurei HaRav on Tefillah; Tisha B’Av and Aveilut; Yoreh Deah; Challah; Gittin
  • Liturgical

  • The Koren Mesorat HaRav Kinot
  • The Koren Sacks Siddur
  • The Koren Talpiot Siddur

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About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.


  1. Interesting to note that at of the two books I checked, the prices don’t seem so great (identical or even higher).

    Hilchot Tefilla:
    OU Press web site: $19.51
    Seforim Sale: $19.85

    Divrei Harav:
    OU Press web site: $20.00
    Seforim Sale: $20.00

    Of course, I found the shipping from the OU web site to be very expensive (UPS $11.40 for the first book; after that it’s more reasonable per additional book), so by avoiding that the price at the sale is actually to your benefit.

    Of course, the book sale supports a good cause, as does the OU, so either way you’re doing good and getting good books.

  2. Well, on Amazon Hilchot Tefilla sells for $22.95 and Divrei Harav for $29.95. I think the OU Press web site is just very discounted (but yes, the shipping is very expensive). They both look like great books.

  3. Dr Wolowelsky’s book – highly recommended, being a mourner. Really hits the nail on the head, in many ways. The section on miscarriage was fascinating – don’t know how many people deal with it from an emotional/mourning standpoint, rather than a biological/niddah standpoint (as in Masechtot Niddah and Keritot). Not that either he or I have personal experience of that.

    Also, Dr Wolowelsky is my half third cousin (well, how would you say half-sister’s third cousin?) and fellow congregant at the Yavneh Minyan of Flatbush.

  4. How can I find the seforim sale catalog? In past years there was a pdf so you could browse the catalog. This year all I can find is the search option.

  5. MiMedinat HaYam

    actually, where does the seforim sale $ go to? its not listed on their tax return. and its pretty profitable.

    another student org seems to claim they are a / the beneficiary, and studying that org’s tax return, the $ goes to the principals of this “voluntary” org as salaries.

  6. Rabbi Student:

    Rav Rakeffet has mentioned you’re handling his new book in your capacity as editor at the OU. I know it’s not ready yet, but is there a ballpark you can give for when it’s supposed to be out?

    Thanks in advance.

  7. “MiMedinat HaYam on February 9, 2011 at 5:59 pm
    actually, where does the seforim sale $ go to? its not listed on their tax return. and its pretty profitable.”

    Do they file a 990?
    See from web
    “) What is S.O.Y.?
    S.O.Y. stands for the Student Organization of Yeshiva, and is the primary student council representing students of the Mazer Yeshiva Program within Yeshiva University. They are one of the organizations that we donate proceeds from the sale to.
    2) Who operates the SOY Seforim Sale?
    The SOY Seforim Sale is wholly owned and operated by students of Yeshiva University.
    3) What is the SOY Seforim Sale’s relationship to Yeshiva University?
    Although the sale is operated by students of Yeshiva University, the Sale is an autonomous enterprise ”

    If wholly owned by students? is it incorporated in which case an 1120 would be appropriate or if a partnership 1065 is etc

    “another student org seems to claim they are a / the beneficiary, and studying that org’s tax return, the $ goes to the principals of this “voluntary” org as salaries”

    Do you have names-I’d be curiousto check on guidestar.

  8. MiMedinat HaYam

    to mycroft:

    (per guidestar) soy seforim sale tax id is 74-3019797. the tax return says they give a grant to ” ‘a’ religious / educational student group” (‘a’ = inside quotes emphasis mine), yet they list the org’s tax id as 13-1624225, which corresponds to “yeshiva university”. for some reason, they are hiding the name of the org (and / or the money prob gets funneled through yu / cjf, which is the umbrella org of this student org. we can both agree that yu is not getting the profits of the seforim sale; a student org maybe, per the 990.)

    send me your contact info, and i’ll email you the org and its tax id for guidestar purposes.

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