There are two, or some would even say three, groupings of Jewish people in the world:

  1. Ashkenazic Jews, who come from Eastern Europe;
  2. Sephardic Jews, who come from the lands around the Mediterranean and the Middle East; and some would say
  3. 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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