Sunday, June 24, 2007

"An Incredible Feeling"

Modern Uberdox: What sits on my bookshelf

3 Comments:

At June 24, 2007 at 8:32:00 AM EDT, Blogger yitz.. said...

I never really connected to old sefarim.. [they were always harder to learn out of than newly printed ones] until I saw my father in law's library, and his father's library.

My father in law's entire life was sefarim, when he moved houses, the movers moved all of the family's belongings but my father in law moved every single book personally.. (there must be thousands)

For me it wasn't seeing a copy of the Beit Yosef printed in R' Yosef Karo's lifetime, it was seeing hand-written copies of Kitvei Arizal which are more beautiful than any printed copy could ever be. (Also really cool, Rav Kaduri bound many of my father in law's books.)

Seeing these books and the sheer number of Sefarim gives one the faintest glimpse of the mesirat nefesh the Jewish people, especially the gedolim, have for the Torah.

My only regret is that I haven't really found any sifrei Hassidut in his library--I think they were to recent..

 
At June 25, 2007 at 6:41:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Facinating! Thank you for sharing that.

 
At June 25, 2007 at 9:44:00 AM EDT, Blogger Neil Harris said...

Very cool. I have seen a few handwritten Breslov seforim several years ago.

 

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