Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Hilchot Bookshelves

I was looking at the overstuffed bookshelves (even my seforim have seforim!) in my living room today, and a thought struck me. Can books that have been banned (but never read) by our Gedolim, such as books by Rabbi Nosson Slifkin, share shelf space with books that have actually been read (but never banned) by our Gedolim? If not, how much of a separation needs to be between them? Is keeping them on a separate shelf sufficient, or do they need to be in completely different bookshelves – or even rooms? Also, does one have to kasher the shelves before reorganizing? Is repainting sufficient, or do the shelves need to be completely sanded down first? What other halachik question might arise?


Blogger thanbo said...

I use to keep Vayoel Moshe of the Satmar Rav next to Or Chadash Al Tziyon, by R' J J Reines, the founder of Mizrach. Oddly enough, no mutual annihilation.

8:40 AM

Blogger Krum as a bagel said...

Too funny!

8:49 AM

Blogger Larry Lennhoff said...

I have Hilchos Bas Yisroel right next to Rav Yehuda Henkin's Responsa on Women's Issues. They haven't actually set each other on fire, but the yellow covers of each are getting brighter!

8:57 AM

Blogger blueenclave said...

Henkin...Responsa on Women's Issues..must write down someplace..

12:34 PM

Blogger I'm Haaretz, Ph.D. said...


2:06 PM

Blogger The back of the hill said...

You should have them not only on separate shelves, but also on different levels in different bookcases, in any case preferably outside the direct line of sight of each other.

Barring that, erect an opaque barrier of at least shoulder height or higher (Hillel says 'the height of a normal man', Shammai says 'The height of Abba Arika'), so that you cannot see the issur category when seated, or, if you are on the verboten side - for which there may be an approved reason, most gdolim are meikel the issue, you cannot see the side represented by tohoros ha seferim.

7:46 PM


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