The Ashkenazim, the Sephardim and the Mizrahim Jews Essay

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After the Romans conquered Jerusalem and caused the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD many Jewish people fled to Europe and other countries. The two main groups that emerged during this time were the Ashkenazim and the Sephardim. Both these groups set up new lives in foreign countries and had to grow accustomed to their traditions and beliefs. The Ashkenazim settled mainly in Germany and spoke Yiddish while the Sephardim settled mainly in Spain and spoke their own distinct language, a combination of Hebrew and Spanish, known as Latino. Ladino is written using Hebrew letters and is still spoken among the Sephardi community today. Both groups spoke Hebrew although slightly differently. The Sephardic Jews are sometimes split into two …show more content…
After the Romans conquered Jerusalem and caused the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD many Jewish people fled to Europe and other countries. The two main groups that emerged during this time were the Ashkenazim and the Sephardim. Both these groups set up new lives in foreign countries and had to grow accustomed to their traditions and beliefs. The Ashkenazim settled mainly in Germany and spoke Yiddish while the Sephardim settled mainly in Spain and spoke their own distinct language, a combination of Hebrew and Spanish, known as Latino. Ladino is written using Hebrew letters and is still spoken among the Sephardi community today. Both groups spoke Hebrew although slightly differently. The Sephardic Jews are sometimes split into two sub-groups to include the Mizrahi Jews who settled in North Africa and the Middle East. However most often the term Sephardic will be used to refer to both groups. The Sephardim lived in relative peace with their Muslim neighbours, even though they were deemed to be second class citizens they could still freely practice their religion. The Ashkenazim did not have the same experience with their Christian counterparts and would often experience anti-Semitism. In the 1200s and 1300s riots broke out against them and they were forced to flee from Germany.

Ashkenazim is the term used to describe the Jewish people who emerged urging the Middle Ages in central Europe. The “Judaism of the Middle Ages was a religion of exile” (Eliezer, 2009, 65). The

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