Delegates to the Convention of the Association for Jewish Studies had the opportunity, last month, December 15-17, to examine a wide selection of publications from the Lubavitch publishing house, Kehot Publication Society.
The book exhibit, which ran for the duration of the Convention at which Jewish academics from universities worldwide participated, attracted hundreds of participants.
Representing the publishing house were Rabbi Yosef and Sheine Friedman. “We were gratified to see how so many professors, from various academic backgrounds, were so familiar with our publications,” observed Rabbi Friedman.
Among those titles that garnered special interest were: the Chabad encyclopedia, Sefer Ha’arakhim-Chabad by Rabbi Yoel Kahan, and the Chasidic Heritage Series publications. In particular, there seemed to be an interest in the wealth of Chasidic literature in the Hebrew original. “Books by the Baal Shem Tov, and by Chabad Rebbes beginning with Reb Schneur Zalman through the Lubavitcher Rebbe drew the interest of scholars and teachers of Chasidism,” noted Mrs. Friedman.
Kehot Publication Society is looking forward to more exposure at the upcoming American Library Association convention in January, in Philadelphia.
The Lubavitch publishing house was established by the sixth Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, and directed (from its inception) by his successor, the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of blessed memory.