Ashkenaz
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Starting in the Middle Ages, Jews have referred to the region they inhabited in Europe north of the Alps as Ashkenaz. Originating in the Late Middle Ages in the cities of the Middle Rhine area, Ashkenaz expanded toward the east especially until the beginning of the modern era when it found its center in Poland-Lithuania. The culture and self-perception of Ashkenazic Jews (Ashkenazim) were established under specific his…

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Johannes Heil, Heidelberg, “Ashkenaz”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017.. Consulted online on 21 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0052>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409



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