Friday, March 23, 2007

A rebbeshe tale from the JTS rare book room

When I was working in the JTS rare book room a rebbe came in one day with his gabbai. the gabbai asked me if we had any holograph kisve yad from gedolim. I asked him to be specific and he asked me if I understood what a gadol was. I said yes, but that I could only bring him a ms. if he requested a specific one. After going back and forth I asked exactly why he needed a gadol's ms. and he responded that the rebbe needed some mss. in order to commune with the spirits of their authors. this situation should I really have pulled for him an original Rambam autograph letter so he could commune with the Rambam's neshamah?

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