Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Last night I visited Mosad Harav Kook, the famed research institution and publishing house, for their annual sale. It runs until next week, and I highly recommend it. A huge selection of great books, almost all from them, of course, at huge discounts. I managed to restrain myself and limited myself to what I came for. (OK, maybe just a bit more. But that was it.) There was a big and very diverse crowd browsing and buying.

In the lobby was someone selling the Bar Ilan Responsa Project, now on "disk on key." I think if you bought enough at the sale you got a discount. He had some monitors set up to demonstrate and greeted everyone coming in with an "Erev Tov" ("Good evening"), a flyer, and, presumably, a sales pitch if you stuck around. On my way out, he was still at it. A man in a black hat and suit came in:

Salesman: "Erev to..."

Customer, cutting him off and hurrying on: "Ain li mechashev." ("I don't own a computer.")

He was so abrupt I just had to laugh out loud, although a few seconds later I realized that, the Haredi world being what it is, he might well have been telling the truth. Still, it made me smile. And I got a few good books out of it too, which is never a bad thing.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Next year on, or near, a (relatively) peacefully reclaimed Har Habayit!

There are two funny things there. One, the Biblical terseness of "Ein li mechashev." Even funnier, though, is the notion of Bar-Ilan-on-flash-drive as a fun, slightly gimmicky, As (Not) Seen on TV device that everyone needs. Of COURSE you need Bar Ilan on the road! Who doesn't?

It sounds like you are continuing to do well!