Ashkenazim
(2,000 words)

The term Ashkenazim refers to Jews who trace their origin back to Ashkenaz, the Jewish settlement area in Europe the north of the Alps. Over the course of several centuries, Halakhah, liturgy, and the Yiddish language were the connecting elements of the different regional groups of Ashkenazim who differed in everyday rituals and habitus. Their assimilation to different European national cultures, as well as emigration overs…

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Marcos Silber, Haifa, “Ashkenazim”, 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 19 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0053>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409



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