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From Haven to Home:
The First Published Jewish Sermon


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This, the first American Jewish sermon to be published, was preached at Newport's synagogue by an emissary from the Holy Land, Haim Isaac Karigal. The sermon was delivered on May 28, 1773, to celebrate Shavu'ot, one of the three Jewish pilgrimage festivals. The sermon, which was preached in Spanish interspersed with Hebrew, was translated into English by Abraham Lopez.

Haim Isaac Karigal (1729-1777).
A Sermon Preached at the Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island, Called "The Salvation of Israel. . . ."
(May 28, 1773).
Newport, Rhode Island: S. Southwick, translated by Abraham Lopez, 1773.
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Sources: Library of Congress

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