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Traditional religious practices

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Traditional religious practices, including strict adherence to dietary laws and to the rules of the  Sabbath and religious holy days, were altered in America. By 1881, the American Jewish population  had assimilated into American culture and adapted their religious observances to a more relaxed  American life. In 1881, Russian Czar Alexander II was assassinated. The Russian government blamed Jews for the  assassination and undertook violent physical attacks — called pograms — on them. In 1882, the  government passed the May Laws, which sharply curtailed Jews' ability to earn a living and  participate in Russian society. Faced with outright hostility and ostracism, many Jews left Eastern Europe, believing that the United  States offered religious tolerance, economic opportunity, and the possibility for starting a new life. 
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