This Day in Jewish History 1696: A New York Society Woman Who Wrote Very Frank Letters Is Born

Abigaill Levy Franks was sophisticated and worldly, but that didn’t stop her from being mortified when her daughter married a non-Jew.

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November 26, 1696, is the birthdate ascribed by some sources to Abigaill Levy Franks, a London-born resident of colonial New York. Franks is remembered less for her achievements than for the letters she wrote...