As the three-week mega-event of “The Seforim Sale” at Yeshiva University wraps up, the results are in: Four of the top five bestselling books were published by OU Press | Jewish Educational Publications, the publishing house of the Orthodox Union.
Declared Tzvi Feifel, CEO of The Seforim Sale, “We at ‘The Seforim Sale’ know from experience that numbers don't lie. When four out of our five highest selling books are from OU Press, lights should be flashing in your head. These impressive results are a testament to the remarkable quality of work continuously produced by OU Press.”
The top ranking books sold include:
1) Darosh Darash Yosef: Discourses of Rav Soloveitchik on the Weekly Parsha by Rabbi Avishai David (OU Press, Urim Publications and Yeshivat Torat Shraga);
2) The Laws of Niddah by Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky (YU Press, Maggid);
3) Divrei Harav by Rav Hershel Schachter (OU Press);
4) Festivals of Faith by Rabbi Norman Lamm (OU Press, YU Press);
5) Covenant & Conversation: Exodus by Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (OU Press, Maggid).
OU Press publishes books of quality scholarship, particularly works expounding the teachings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, who taught generations of students at YU, including Rabbi Menachem Genack, General Editor of OU Press.
Rabbi Genack declared, “It is, of course, very gratifying that at Yeshiva University, where Rav Solveitchik taught for so many years, books from a publisher dedicated to disseminating his teachings, would be best sellers. The quality of the books assures that they will sell well in other locales too.”
Other recent publications from OU Press include Koren Mesorat HaRav Kinot: The Tisha B’Av Kinot, with a Commentary by Rav. Soloveitchik, edited by Rabbi Simon Posner, with a translation of the kinot by Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, which was the winner of the 2010 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Modern Jewish Thought and Experience; The Mind of the Mourner: Individual and Community in Jewish Mourning, by Dr. Joel B. Wolowelsky; and Hilchot Tefillah: A Comprehensive Guide to the Laws of Daily Prayer by Rabbi David Brofsky. Important future books include the Koren Mesorat HaRav Siddur, a new prayer book with a magisterial commentary based on the Rabbi Soloveitchik’s teachings, accompanied by the eloquent translation of the prayers by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and the popular Koren layout.
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