Yiddish is much younger than you may have thought. Though many think it’s 1,000 years old, the evidence suggests it’s much younger.
Like man and ape are both descended from a common ancestor, Yiddish and modern German co-evolved from an older version of German.
A significant number of Jews from the territories of the former Ottoman Empire, mainly from Turkey and usually of Sephardic origin, moved to France.
Geographical and linguistic history reveals that the question is much more complicated than it seems.
Throughout history, male Jewish names have been selected for both their Biblical symbolism and their literal meaning.
Why, in traditional Jewish communities, women tend to have secular names and men tend to have Hebrew names? It’s all about the Bible.
Many people believe that when it comes to the Hebrew language, the Sephardic pronunciation is the correct one. This is wrong.
The existence of last names like Belkin, Dvorkin, Malkin, and Rivkin, were extremely common and represent a real idiosyncrasy.
As with many aspects of Jewish culture, religion, genetics and heritage, the origins of Jewish last names is ensconced in more myth than fact.
Despite its cultural significance and its “eternal” nature in our imaginations, there was a time in Jewish history where Hebrew simply vanished.