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Which religious document was printed for the first time in the US today in 1760?

October 23rd

SiddurOctober 23, 1760 — Jewish prayer books were printed for the first time in North America today. Previously, the prayer books used by American Jewish synagogues were brought from Amsterdam.

During Oliver Cromwell’s reign England began to allow Jews to return to the country. By the 18th century American Jews were importing Sephardi prayer books from London for use in America’s synagogues. These English prayer books included both Hebrew and English, a combination that grew increasingly popular as English became the main language of American Jews.

Called a siddur, which comes from the Hebrew root Hebrew: סד״ר‎ meaning order, it contains a set order of daily prayers.

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