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Isaac Pinto (translation)

Isaac Pinto (1720–1791) was an American Jew in Colonial America who, near the end of his life, served the nascent government of the United States. Pinto prepared the first Jewish prayer-book published in America, which was also the first English translation of the Siddur (1766). A member of Congregation Shearith Israel, he served as one of the first official translators hired by the United States government in 1781 under authorization of the Continental Congress working in the Department of Foreign Affairs, the predecessor to the modern Department of State.


אֲדוֹן עוֹלָם (מנהג הספרדים)‏ | Adōn Olam, translation by Isaac Pinto (1766)

Contributed on: 01 Aug 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (editing/transcription) | Isaac Pinto (translation) | Shlomo ibn Gabirol |

This is Isaac Pinto’s English translation of Adon Olam from Prayers for Shabbath, Rosh-Hashanah, and [Yom] Kippur (1766), p. 29. The translation there appears without the Hebrew. The Hebrew text of the piyyut set side-by-side with the translation was transcribed from Rabbi David de Sola Pool’s Tefilot l’Rosh haShanah (1937). . . .

Exhortacion | Exhortation of Ḥakham Ishak Nieto (1740)

Contributed on: 08 Aug 2020 by Aharon N. Varady (editing/transcription) | Isaac Pinto (translation) | Ishac Nieto |

An exhortation given by Ḥakham Ishak Nieto published before his translation of the Sliḥot, in Spanish with English translation by Isaac Pinto (1766). . . .

הַנּוֹתֵן תְּשׁוּעָה | Prayer for King George Ⅲ (1766)

Contributed on: 14 Apr 2021 by Aharon N. Varady (editing/transcription) | Isaac Pinto (translation) | Unknown Author(s) |

The prayer for King George III in the English colonies before the Revolutionary War. . . .

📖 (מנהג הספרדים)‎‏ Prayers for Shabbath, Rosh-Hashanah, and [Yom] Kippur (translated by Isaac Pinto, 1766)

Contributed on: 07 Aug 2020 by Isaac Pinto (translation) |

The first translation of the siddur into English and the first siddur published in the Americas. . . .