True or False? Two cultural groups of Jews with distinct histories are Sephardic and Ashkenazi.?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Ashkenazi Jews are those of Eastern and Central European descent--countries like Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, and Germany. Most Jews in the United States (myself included) are of Ashkenazi descent.
Sephardi are those Jews with ancestry in medieval Spain. They are found in certain European countries, Turkey, and the Middle East. (The term Sephardi is sometimes used more broadly to refer to any Jews from the Middle East, even those who do not have a family history in Spain.)
Ashkenazim and Sephardim (those are the plural forms) have distinct religious customs. For example, Ashkenazim do not eat rice on Passover, whereas Sephardim do.
I am not going to provide a reference; you can go to Wikipedia and look up the respective articles on Ashkenazi and Sephardi for more information.