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Book of Ruth

Marc Chagall (1960)

Marc Chagall (1960)

Listen to Shearith Israel's unique melody for Book of Ruth sung by Hazzan Rabbi Ira Rohde.

 

The Book of Ruth is traditionally read on Shabuot, since it deals with both the Israeli wheat harvest at this time of year, which the festival marks, as well as acceptance of the Torah, in this case by Ruth as a faithful convert. The younger girls of the congregation who take part are pre-assigned a few verses each, which they carefully rehearse, learning to chant them according to the congregation’s unique traditional cantillation system for the Book of Ruth.

Benjamin N. Cardozo

Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Nathan Cardozo spoke of the need for the Congregation to maintain its historic traditions and to remain true to the customs and practices of the generations that had come before.

1895
Nineteenth Street Synagogue

The congregation's fourth synagogue was built on nineteenth Street, just west of Fifth Avenue.  

1860