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.
Many Jews living in Israel, North America and Western Europe believe some of their ancestors spent the Middle Ages in Spain — and it’s simply not true
The Khazarian hypothesis is not the only junk science Jewish origin story. A similar myth has been propagated about the Jews who lived in the Maghreb.
Globally speaking, all arguments suggested by proponents of Khazarian theory are either highly speculative or simply wrong.