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Bilah Abigail Levy Franks

Bilah Abigail Levy Franks

Bilah “Abigail” Levy Franks’ letters created a portrait of life for Jews in colonial America.

Colonial Jewish mother instructs her son to eat "bread and butter"

July 9, 1733

Abigail Levy Franks, the most noted of American Jewish colonial letter writers, wrote her son Naphtali, admonishing him to eat nothing but "bread & butter" wherever food preparation was "not done after our Strict Judiacall [kosher] method."

Bilah Abigail Levy Franks

No colonial American woman left a more engaging portrait of contemporary family, political, and social life than Bilah “Abigail” Franks.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Bilah Abigail Levy Franks." (Viewed on November 26, 2014) <http://jwa.org/taxonomy/term/11991>.

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