The James Madison Council,
& Library Purchase
First American Haggadah
for the Two First Nights of the Passover in Hebrew and
English, According to the Custom of the German & Spanish
Jews ... First American Edition (New York, S.H.
Jackson, 1837). The first American haggadah was published
in 1837 by S.H. Jackson in New York. The haggadah—a
Hebrew liturgical text that is recited in the home at
the festive meal of Passover—is Judaism’s most beloved
of books. It has appeared in more than 3,000 printed
editions since its first printing in the late 15th century.
Wherever Jews settled, wherever a press was established,
indeed, wherever Jews called home, an edition of the
haggadah quickly appeared. The first American haggadah
which was published in 1837 signals this settling-in—no
longer a sojourner but a full-fledged citizen.