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As president of the Constitutional Convention, and as president of the nascent United States, Washington received several letters from members of the tiny American Jewish community. These fascinating letters tells us a great deal about the way in which Jews saw the promise of the Constitution; and the astounding way in which Washington responded allows us to better understand the essence of the American idea, and what we commemorate on Constitution Day in our age.
|Rabbi Meir Soloveichik
Meir Soloveichik is the Director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University, and the Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in Manhattan, the oldest Jewish congregation in the United States. His recent book, Providence and Power: Ten Portraits in Jewish Statesmanship, was published in May 2023. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Becket Fund’s Canterbury Medal for his efforts on behalf of religious liberty.