This day in Jewish history / N.Y.'s first kosher butcher is licensed
Asser Levy, a successful if often-sued Dutch businessman, was the first Jew to open a kosher butchery in N.Y., serve in the local militia or own property in North America.
On November 15, 1660, Asser Levy received his license to operate as a butcher in New Amsterdam, with a waiver from having to slaughter hogs, making him New York’s first kosher butcher. (Some sources give the date as October 15.)
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