This Day in Jewish History The Man Who Translated the U.S. Constitution Into Yiddish Is Born

J.D. Eisenstein loved his adopted home, the U.S., and translated both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution into Hebrew and Yiddish.

November 12, 1854, is the birthdate of the American Hebraist J.D. Eisenstein, an autodidact who published more than 70 works in his 101 years, including a multivolume encyclopedia of Jewish laws and customs.