L’Arche, Dictionary of French Judaism, “Ashkenaz”

Arnold Mandel


Ashkenaz, a descendant of the sons of Noah, grandson of Japheth, son of Gomer (Genesis 10:3).

It was in a rather ancient period in the history of the diaspora that the term Ashkenazim, or descendants of Ashkenaz, came to mean Germans in the context of a kind of ethno-geographic redistribution similar to the gentile “environment” of European Jews…

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