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What is Yiddish?

Yiddish was at one time the international language of Ashkenazic Jews from Central and Eastern Europe and their descendants. A hybrid of Hebrew and medieval German, Yiddish takes about three-quarters of its vocabulary from German, but borrows word liberally from Hebrew and many other languages from the many lands where Ashkenazic Jews have lived. It is generally believed that Yiddish became a language of its own some time between 900 and 100 C.E. Yiddish was primarily a spoken language rather than a written language. It has a grammatical structure all its own and is written in an alphabet based on Hebrew characters. Scholars and universities have classified Yiddish as a Germanic language. Yiddish was never part of Sephardic Jewish culture...

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