A gutn tog - Hello in Yiddish
A gutn tog is a common greeting in Yiddish. We present to you some interesting information about the language and the people who speak the language.
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Yiddish used to be a Germanic dialect but in approximately the 9th century, it became a full-fledged language, primarily spoken by Ashkenazic Jews, incorporating elements of Hebrew, Aramaic, Slavic languages, and Romance languages. Currently, Yiddish is spoken mostly in Israel, Russia, the United States, and several European countries.
Here are 8 wonderful facts about Yiddish and the Ashkenazic Jews,
Though Yiddish is a fusion of many languages including, Hebrew and Aramaic, in Ashkenazi societies, Hebrew was the language of the Bible and prayer, Aramaic was the language of learning while Yiddish was the language of everyday life. Scholars refer to this as the internal trilingualism of Ashkenaz.
Russian-born Sholem Jacob Abramowitz, popularly known by the pseudonym Mendele Mocher Sforim (Mendele the bookseller), is today considered the father of Yiddish literature.
Abraham Goldfaden is considered the father of Yiddish theatre.
Ashkenazi people have spread all over the world thus, their architecture took different forms dependent on the influence of the cultures around them, the financial means of each community, and the local climate. But still, in Eastern Europe, their architecture can be identified by its small verandas and ground-floor spaces for stores.
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The Kazinczy Street Synagogue of Hungary is an example of the influence of Art Noveau styles on Ashkenazi architecture in Europe in the second half of the 19th century.
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The cuisine of Ashkenazi Jews is pretty tempting, including many kinds of bread such as Challah, Bagels, and the staple food Pletzl flatbread. Some other dishes are also beloved like, Matzo ball soup, Gefilte fish, Hamin, Sweetened Horseradish, etc.
Klezmer Music is very famous among Ashkenazi Jews. It used to be played for weddings, markets, local dances, and other community events. Now, this uniquely Jewish and eclectic form plays a vital role, bringing together generations of Jewish-Americans to sing, dance, and celebrate.
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Dance is a significant form of cultural expression among the Jews community. To grove with Klezmer music, Yiddish Dance, a folk dance, was developed. It is an expressive dance about individual improvisation.
Hope you like it, if you know any other fascinating facts about Yiddish, let us all know!
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