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It has been passed down through four generations of Levines — which is no small feat, as Danny Levine, the current president, points out. The store is narrow and brimming with merchandise: Thick, gold-lettered prayer books sit opposite stuffed blue Torahs for children; Kosher Kurls conditioner is displayed near cases for mezuzas, the small parchments that protect the home. Customers come to J. Levine to buy the objects that make a Jewish life, whether at home or in public. A returning shopper, Bruce Levin, reminisced about how, in , his company had a huge, beautifully decorated Christmas tree for the holidays, but only a diminutive menorah without lights. The maintenance team was perplexed as to how to level the playing field.
The square lettering was unabashedly simple, proudly colored in Zionistic white and blue. Though the text was concise — J. Levine Books and Judaica, since — the sign spoke volumes: here was a store that knew where it came from and what it stood for. The shop, located on a humming Midtown block, displayed another, smaller sign — this one sobering. Seventy percent off, it read. Store closing.
Levine Books and Judaica is an independent bookstore located in Midtown Manhattan. Levine is a fifth-generation family business and one of the oldest standing Judaica stores in United States since it opened in The business was founded in in Vilkomir , Lithuania ,  where sofer Hirsch Landy began selling the Torah scrolls he produced. In , he immigrated to the United States and continued the business as a pushcart on the Lower East Side. In , his son-in-law Joseph Levine incorporated and expanded the business to selling synagogue vestments, and his sons Harold, Melvin and Seymour Levine continued the business. Levine expanded to its current location in Midtown Manhattan, where it offers books, menorahs, and various Judaica,  including gifts and children's games and toys that are popular during Hanukkah. Like many traditional booksellers, the store saw a decrease in sales in the first few years of the s, as Amazon.
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The 30 or so regulars in the weekday Mincha service in the back aisles of J. Levine Books and Judaica in Midtown learned some news on Monday afternoon that other customers would learn a few days later on Facebook or by email — the days of their daily worship service there are numbered. Some of the men, all of whom work nearby, gasped; others wished Levine well in his retirement and many placed bills and coins in the old tin pushke that one davener passed around. The store, which Levine calls the oldest Jewish bookstore in the country and was the last of its ilk in Midtown, did not fall victim to soaring rents but to two other powerful trends: assimilation and the growing prevalence of online sales. At one time, Levine said, walk-in business accounted for about 80 percent of his business.