Letter to Touro Synagogue, George Washington
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Letter to Touro Synagogue

Narrator: Larry G. Jones

Unabridged: 6 min

Format: Digital Audiobook Download

Published: 07/03/2018


In 1790, Moses Seixas of the Touro Synagogue wrote a letter to President Washington. Representing a people who had been escaping persecution for generations, he wanted confirmation that Jews would be given full freedom in the United States. Washington assured Seixas, and those of all religions, that “the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.” Thisletter provides insight into two founding principles of America: freedom of religion and separation of church and state.