ArtScroll/Mesorah, the most important ultra-orthodox Jewish publisher, has stopped selling a number of titles by Rabbi Dovid Weinberger in the aftermath of a scandal involving alleged misconduct with women. They continue to sell his Women’s Siddur and Rabbi Nissan Alpert on the Sidrah. However they no longer list for sale these other titles which are still available elsewhere (and thus, probably still in-print):
- Step By Step: A Weekly Program for Self-improvement (ArtScroll, November 2012, ISBN: 978-1422613207)
- The Traveler’s Halachic Handbook (ArtScroll, May 2013, ISBN: 978-1422613801)
- ArtScroll continues to list his Guide For Jewish Hospital Patient (1996, ISBN: 9781879016231) which is published by OU/NCSY though the listing on ArtScroll excludes his name as the author and the OU/NCSY no longer lists the book on their site. Amazon also lists it.
Feldheim publishers does not seem to have been affected by the scandal.
- MadrichL’ChevraHatzalah: A Digest ofHalachos Pertaining toPikuachNefesh byMechel Handler and Dovid Weinberger & Foreword by AvrohomSchorr (Feldheim Publishers, Dec 2013, ISBN: 978-1598269871)Feldheim was carrying it as of 3/26/14.It is a safe bet that Weinberger is no longer the halachic adviser of Hatzalah of Rockaways and Nassau County.
ArtScroll probably continues the carry the siddur because there are communities and groups that have bought them in volume and will continue to need additional copies as they grow or copies wear out. Rav Nisson Alpert O”H is a highly respected talmid chacham and they may see the book as merely edited by Weinberger, his son-in-law.
I suspect some haredi heavyweights persuaded ArtScroll to drop otherwise profitable items (in spite of the fact that Rabbi Yisroel Belsky backs Weinberger). It is true that most books are not very profitable after you factor in the initial production costs. But once they are printed, each sale is profitable. Even if you need to reprint, costs for reprinting are a small fraction of the initial costs.
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