R' Chaim Yitzchak Carigal Preaches 1st Jewish Sermon in America, 1773
Updated: Dec 4, 2020
On This Day in Jewish History: May 28th, 1773 | 6th Sivan 5533
Rabbi Chaim Yiztchak Carigal, Talmudic scholar and Jewish emissary preaches the first official Jewish sermon in America at the Newport Synagogue of the Rhode Island British Colony. . .
An emissary of the Hebron Jewish community, Rabbi Carigal had been travelling since 1757 to places like Italy, England, Curaçao, the Caribbean, and Philadelphia. During his travels, he led Jewish communities, taught them Torah, and strengthened the Jewish identity of the diaspora everywhere he went. . .
Today, on the first day of Shavuot 1773 (6th of Sivan 5533), Rabbi Carigal addressed the Newport congregation in the presence of the governor and magistrates. Written in Spanish and then translated by Abraham Lopez into English. . .
In July of the same year, Rabbi Carigal left Newport for Suriname and then Barbados - where he stayed as the community leader until his death in 1777. Leaving behind a wife and son in Hebron, Judea; Rabbi Carigal played a key role in not only bringing a Jewish sermon to the (future) US continent, but everywhere else he stopped to inspire.