Ashkenazim pl. n. Hebrew (osh-keh-NAH-zeem) The name given to the group of Jews who were originally from Germany and France (and their descendants). The word Ashkenaz is the Hebrew name for Germany. The Ashkenazim migrated to Central and Eastern Europe during times of oppression. In pre-World War II Europe, Ashkenazim comprised 90 percent of world …

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Ani Ma’amin

Ani Ma’amin n. Hebrew (ah-NEE mah-ah-MEEN) Literally, “I believe.” These are the first words of Maimonides’ Thirteen Principles of Faith, the 12th of which says, I believe with complete faith in the coming of the Messiah. Even though he may tarry I will wait for him on any day that he may come.” These words …

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