Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Viva Valmadonna; what to do today if you can be in Manhattan and love books.

As surely most readers of this blog know, the mind-boggling Valmadonna Trust Library is now on exhibit at Sotheby's, NYC (York Ave. & E. 72nd St). If you are in or near New York City you
  • have only today and tomorrow to view it
  • will regret this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity if you don't
Words can't describe how extraordinary, unprecedented and flat-out wonderful this exhibit is, and what a privilege it is to see it. All who love seforim, all who love art, all who love beauty, all who want confirmation of the nagging suspicion that today all we produce is ugly, ephemeral crapola should go. Go today! Go tomorrow, just go!

Before it's too late and it's all packed away and sold to whoever has $40 million and is responsible.

As Menachem wrote:

Just as the Talmud (Sukkah 51a) records that one who hadn't seen the Simchat Beit Ha-Shoeva in Jerusalem hadn't seen true happiness, one day historians will add that one who hadn't seen the Valmadonna Trust Library during the one week that is was available to be viewed in New York, hadn't seen the true literary grandeur of the Jewish people.

And he happens to be right.

Good New York Times article and slideshow here.

A future post will be illustrated with photos I took, descriptions and reflections.

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