Ashkenazi Jews

Hebrew

Hebrew is the ancestral language of the Hebrew and Israelite peoples and thus that of their descendants, the Jews. It is also the language in which Judaism’s sacred texts are written, which is why the Jews refer to it as…

Rabbi

Although viewed as religious leaders within the Jewish faith a Rabbi has not traditionally been seen as the intermediary between man and God. Differing from spiritual leaders in other faiths, who are often considered to have special status conferred upon…

Yiddish

Yiddish                                                                                                                                         The Yiddish language, like any other, has undergone considerable development and change over the thousand or so years it can be properly identified. Originally a high-German language, spoken by Ashkenazi Jews in a part of Northern Europe which is…

Judaism

One of the oldest religions in the world, Judaism today has around 15 million followers. It was the first religion to believe in only one god and to have the concept of a covenant between believers and God. The Jews…

Ashkenazi Jews

Ashkenazi Jews are a subgroup of the Jewish people, with something like three-quarters of all Jews in the world now claiming descent from them. They trace their origins to 7th century Europe, when Jews first arrived in the Rhineland, in…