This Day in Jewish History The First Rabbi in the New World Is Born

Born in Portugal, Isaac Aboab da Fonseca served as a hakham in Amsterdam and migrated to Recife, where the sheer success of the Jewish community annoyed the Portuguese to the point of war.

February 1, 1605, is the birthdate of Isaac Aboab da Fonseca, celebrated as the first rabbi in the New World for his time as spiritual leader of the Jewish community in the Dutch colony of Recife, in Brazil.