Thousands visit Mossad Harav Kook's giant book fair

Annual Jewish book fair takes place this week in Jerusalem. 'We're not called the People of the Book for nothing.'

Eliran Aharon,

At the fair
At the fair
Eliran Aharon

Thousands of people have already arrived at the giant annual book fair at Mossad Harav Kook (Rabbi Kook Institute) in Jerusalem this week.

Chairman of the institute, Rabbi Yehuda Raphael, told Arutz Sheva that interest in the the fair is increasing every year. "Last year, an all-time record was broken at the fair. Apart from the thousands of visitors, there are hundreds more orders through a call center and website. "

He also talked about the purpose of the fair. "The idea is that once a year, Mossad Harav Kook reduces the prices of books up to 65% in order to enable the general public, youth and anyone who wants to buy our books to do so at ridiculously low prices and at a true discount.”

"Anyone who is looking for Judaism - it’s at Mossad Harav Kook. There are here both religious Zionists and haredim, of all ages and communities, because anyone who is looking for holy books of all kinds knows that he can find them here," adds the rabbi.

Rabbi Raphael is not worried that many books are now on digital media. "It is not for nothing that Israel is called the People of the Book. Despite, and perhaps because of, the progress of technology, the Jewish people returns to the book. There are places where there is no substitute for a book. People like to sit and study in-depth with a book rather than through technological means.”

Yitzhak Nisbaum came especially from the Sharon region to attend the fair. "The possibility here of reaching a wide range of books at high availability is enormous - and everything is also accessible through the internet. That helps and makes it easier for anyone who seeks Torah," he said.

To the question of whether the printed book appears to be a thing of the past, he replied, "One of the reasons people need books and physical study is that the screen also creates a certain barrier and the book creates a certain closeness."

The fair is taking place at Mossad Harav Kook, at 1 Harav Maimon Street at the entrance to Jerusalem. The books can also be ordered through the hotline at 02-6515592 or on the website.



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