Book with Jewish blessings and prayers
Book with Jewish blessings and prayers

This Siddur is something that my great grandfather, Solomon, received in 1933. A Siddur is a Jewish prayer book. It contains Jewish prayers and blessings. Today, the Siddur is 90 years old. He got it a few years after he immigrated to America on November 8th, 1924. He was 24 when he received the Siddur (15 when he arrived in America).
No one used the Siddur, except for (maybe) when it was new. There is an inscription at the back of the Siddur, taken from the Book of Ecclesiastes. The inscription, translated to English, reads: “Cast thy bread upon the waters, for you shall find it after many days…” What this means is to do good things without expecting much in return.
I never knew my great grandfather, since he died about 50 years before I was born, but learning about this Siddur taught me a lot about him. I wish I could meet him. If I met him, I would ask him questions. Who gave him the Siddur? Was the Siddur important to him at all? And maybe other questions, about immigration. I didn’t know about the Siddur until now, and even if I have never used the Siddur, I love how it teaches me about my ancestors'.  

Place(s): New York
Year: 1924

– ZF

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