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Judah David Eisenstein (translation)

Julius (Judah David) Eisenstein (November 12, 1854 – May 17, 1956) (יהודה דוד אייזנשטיין‎) was a Polish-Jewish-American anthologist, diarist, encyclopedist, Hebraist, historian, philanthropist, and Orthodox polemicist born in Międzyrzec Podlaski (known in Yiddish as Mezritch d'Lita), a town with a large Jewish majority in what was then Congress Poland. He died in New York City at the age of 101. Eisenstein was a lover of Hebrew, and established America's first society for the Hebrew language, Shoharei Sfat Ever. He was also the first to translate the Constitution of the United States into Hebrew and Yiddish (New York, 1891). Other early writings of his are Ma'amarei BaMasoret, ib. 1897, and The Classified Psalter (Pesukei dezimra), Hebrew text with a new translation (1899). He also made an attempt to translate and explain a modified text of the Shulchan Aruch. He was known by many colleagues as the Ba'al ha-Otzrot ("Master of the Anthologies"). His works remain standard reference books in yeshivot, batei midrash, synagogues, and Jewish libraries to this day. (adapted from the article, "Julius Eisenstein," in Wikipedia)


💬 Amendment ⅩⅣ to the Constitution of the United States of America (1866/1868, with translations in Hebrew and Yiddish 1891)

Contributed on: 20 Aug 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Judah David Eisenstein (translation) | United States Congressional Record |

The fourteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, initially proposed by Congress on 13 June 1866 and adopted on 9 July 1868 was the second of three Reconstruction Amendments addressing citizenship rights and equal protection under the law. It was enacted in response to issues related to emancipated slaves following the failure of the Slaveholders’ Rebellion (1861-1865). . . .

💬 The Bill of Rights of the United States (1791, with translations in Hebrew and Yiddish by Judah David Eisenstein 1891)

Contributed on: 04 Jul 2023 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Judah David Eisenstein (translation) | James Madison |

The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America, were first adopted in 1791. They were closely modeled on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Declaration of Rights drafted by George Mason in May 1776. This translation, by Judah David Eisenstein was published in 1891. . . .

Prayer for the Centennial of the Inauguration of George Washington, by Rabbi Yaakov Yosef (1889)

Contributed on: 25 Dec 2017 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Yaakov Yosef | Judah David Eisenstein (translation) |

The proclamation and prayer of chief rabbi Yaakov Yosef, on the centennial of President George Washington’s Inauguration . . .

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