Nikki Fried’s oath involved a historic book during inauguration

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- The University of Florida had a historic book in Tallahassee during the inauguration on Tuesday.

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried took the oath using UF's copy of the first Hebrew Bible published in the United States.

Fried is a UF alum and the first Jewish woman to join Florida's Cabinet.

UF's Price Library of Judaica curator Rebecca Jefferson traveled to Tallahassee and handed the two-volume Hebrew Bible to Fried's Chief of Staff before she took her oath.

“It's just such a nice thing for our library to do to be able to offer such a historic book to a very historic occasion,” Jefferson said.

It was the first time the book was used during an oath on inauguration day.