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Rabbi Yitzchak Ashkenazi, son of R. Asher Anshel: An Unusual case of father-son plagirism
In 1903 a volume titled שמן ראש Shemen Rosh was published in Munkatch, containing Responsa and Sermons by R. Asher Anshel Ashkenazi. At the end of book, appears a section titled בשמים ראש containing the author's sermons, followed by the will and testament o...
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Haim Nahman Bialik and Rabbi Yisrael Hager walk in to a bookstore...
I have seen many Bialik books in my life and many books owned by the Hager Rabbinic family, but never before a combination of the two. The provenance on this book was rather surprising to me. This book was signed and stamped several times by Rabbi Yisrael H...
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On the dangers of appraisals: An "autograph" copy of the Noda Beyehuda's דגול מרבבה
Of the many reasons I get called for appraisals of book collections, the most straight-forward ones are generally the ones where the family is looking to split the collection between inheritors. In this particular case, the family was not interested in sell...
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A record of a Dybbuk 1843 exorcised by Rav Dov Ber of Sadigura
At the end of a small volume, titled Darke Yosher by R. Moshe Yaakov Sharf, published in 1902, appears a record of a Dybbuk exorcism, which the author was present at. The Dybbuk appeared in the year 1843, at R. Dov Ber (Sadigura?). He writes how the dybbuk,...
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Methods of 21st century Rabbinical book banning: The case of Deal Declassified
Deal Declassified, is a modest unassuming magazine, that for ten years now, has been catering to the hordes of Syrian Jews who leave Brooklyn to spend their summers in Deal, NJ. Containing all the information a resident of deal may need, the magazine contai...
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Mizrahi Bookstore's new restroom policy
In an attempt to modernize the social ethics of the store, and to reflect the wide range of Jews that end up in the establishment, I affixed a new sign this week to the restroom in the store
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Once a Jew always a Jew: A New Testament with Cantillation
There are many legends of Jewish Converts to Christianity who could not give up their Sabbath Cholent or Fish, but here is an interesting volume published by Ezekiel Margoliouth, who converted to Christianity but apparently loved leining the Torah. He publi...
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An unusual date for a Hebrew inscription - Persian Medical Manuscript
In a beautifully written Persian manuscript of Folk Medicinal Remedies that I recently acquired, I found several ownership inscriptions in Hebrew. A previous owner, writes and dates his name in several languages, the Hebrew inscription reads מרדכי .. ב תשרי...
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Entries from The Diary of a Jewish Bookseller and recent acquisitions, June 2018
A non-local visitor, though Jewish, appeared unfamiliar and slightly
intimidated by the intensity of the Jewishness encountered in Brooklyn.
Before entering the store she timidly asked if it was required of her to
wear a Yarmulka before entering the stor...
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Trolling Hitler - A copy of The Nazi's plan-book for dealing with the Jews of United States and Canada
One of the workplace dangers of being a bookseller, is losing your sensitivity and excitement when handling rare, important and valuable books. Once in a while though, something crosses your hands that makes the world around you stand still and you can gras...
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