See a slideshow of woodcut images included in Kosofsky's Book of Customs.
Could a Yiddish text from the Middle Ages serve as a guide to living now? Book composer and typographer Scott-Martin Kosofsky revives unlikely sources of "customs" for leading a modern life and marking sacred time. For Hanukkah and all the seasons upon us.
Read and view a copy of the newspaper advertisement by the Young Men's Hebrew Association.
View a copy of the title page of a 1593 Venetian edition and its 2004 American equivalent.
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