The YU/SOY Seforim Sale varies from year to year, adjusting to past experiences and new management. In some years the book offerings are vast, usually resulting in many remainders that lead the next year’s cautious management to reduce the variety of titles. Some years have more events than others and discount rates seem to vary. In particular, a lot of the book selection has to do with the interests of the Sale’s staff and business conditions beyond their control. Crusty old-timers like to complain but I take each year as it is, enjoying the experience and the enthusiasm of the hard-working staff.
So far, I’ve been to the Sale twice this year. Based on my limited survey, I’ve found that the prices are better than usual and the selection varies greatly by section. The YU and Rav Soloveitchik sections are better than ever.
I’ve already mentioned the OU Press titles at the Sale, such as Shiurei HaRav, Divrei HaRav, The Mind of the Mourner, Hilchot Tefillah, Unlocking the Torah Text and more: link. And YU Press recently published Mitokh Ha-Ohel and The Laws and Concepts of Niddah, both of which are of course available at the Sale.
Last Sunday, we celebrated the publication of R. Norman Lamm’s new book on the yamim tovim — Festivals of Faith: Reflections on the Jewish Holidays (link) — with a book signing of this and previous books. Above is a picture of R. Lamm with Tzvi Feifel, CEO of the Sale, and me sneaking into the picture (they took another one without me).
If you are interested, here is what I bought this year at the sale:
- R. Mordechai Willig, Am Mordechai on moadim
- Prof. Chanoch Albeck, Mavo La-Mishnah
- R. J. David Bleich, Time of Death in Jewish Law
- R. Asher Bush,Shoel Bi-Shlomo
- R. Norman Lamm, Shema