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August 4: Zohar, Hot Off the Press

The first print edition of the Zohar, the central book of Jewish mysticism, was published on this date in 1558, following the removal of a ninety-year rabbinical ban on its printing. Most sources hold this first printed Zohar to be a three-volume edition published in Mantua, Italy; other sources describe a one-volume edition published in […]

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July 1: Mergenthaler’s Linotype Machine

The Linotype machine, invented and patented by Ottmar Mergenthaler (1854-1899), a German-born Jew [but there are doubts about this — see comments below –Editor], was put into commercial use in the U.S. for the first time at the New York Tribune on this date in 1886. Its success was immediate: Within a decade, seven thousand […]

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March 1: The First American Jewish Publication

Solomon Henry Jackson published the premier edition of The Jew, America’s first Jewish periodical, on this date in 1823. The publication, which was opposed to Christian missionary societies, lasted two years, 24 editions. Jackson was an immigrant from England who married a Protestant woman. He established the first Hebrew printing press in New York City […]

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January 23: The Soncino Bible

A printing press established in northern Italy by Gerson ben Moses Soncino produced the first machine-printed Hebrew Pentateuch (the Five Books of Moses) along with the prophetic books and the Song of Songs, Book of Ruth, Book of Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and the Book of Esther, on this date in 1492. The Soncino family, Sephardi Italian […]

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