Facts of Jewish Life
There are two, or some would even say three, groupings of Jewish people in the world:
- Ashkenazic Jews, who come from Eastern Europe;
- Sephardic Jews, who come from the lands around the Mediterranean and the Middle East; and some would say
- Mizrachi Jews, who come from countries such as Iran or Iraq. For a full description of the three groupings, see Judaism 101’s “Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews”
Many Christians are familiar with the Ashkenazic Passover traditions as a majority of American Jews are Ashkenazi. For example, Ashkenazi Jews do not eat lamb at Passover, as a sign of mourning over the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D.; however, the Sephardi Jews do not share this custom. Here’s are some places where you can expand your Passover “yiddishkeit” (“Jewishness”) and learn about how the Sephardic Jews celebrate the holiday:
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Scholar in Residence, Missionary
Rich Robinson is a veteran missionary and senior researcher at the San Francisco headquarters of Jews for Jesus. Rich has written several books on Jewishness and Jesus, and he received his Ph.D. in biblical studies and hermeneutics from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1993.