Ashkenazi Jewry

Destruction vs. redemption—and the remarkable survival of European Jewry.

David Berger
Oct. 25 2021 12:01AM

Including a “mazal tov” ring.

July 23 2019 12:01AM

If you don’t know what it means, you can probably figure it out. (Or you can read this column.)

Nov. 22 2017 12:01AM

Don’t call them feminists.

Julie Mell
Feb. 9 2016 12:01AM

While feasting and intoxication on the holiday of Purim are discussed in the Talmud, costumes are not. Yet dressing up has been a standard practice. . .

March 4 2015 12:01AM

Throughout his life, Ben-Zion Meir Hai Ouziel (1880-1953), the first Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel, held fast to a vision of breaking down the divisions. . .

Feb. 11 2015 12:01AM

The terms Ashkenaz and Sefarad are found in the Bible, but most likely refer to areas of present-day Turkey and Armenia, respectively. How did they. . .

Lawrence Schiffman
Jan. 22 2015 12:01AM

The questions of where and when Yiddish originated, and how it spread, were long regarded as solved. No more. 

July 8 2014 12:01AM

Ashkenazi Jews are forbidden to eat kitniyot—rice, corn, and legumes—on Passover, while Sephardim are permitted. Why?

April 7 2014 12:01AM

The theory that Ashkenazi Jews descend from the Khazars, a semi-nomadic Turkic tribe of the 10th century, is not only malicious; there’s also no evidence for it.

Shaul Stampfer
March 19 2014 12:01AM

Most Ashkenazi Jews did not take surnames until compelled to do so by government authorities at the turn of the 19th century. Here, a list. . .

Bennett Muraskin
Jan. 9 2014 12:00AM

A new genetic study of Ashkenazi Jews traces their maternal lineage to Europe rather than the Near East—suggesting, if true, that Jewish men married local women.

Kate Yandell
Oct. 10 2013 12:00AM