Ashkenazim

June 19, 2006

Jews whose “recent” (within the last “thousand-or-so” years) ancestors were from Northern or Eastern Europe, as opposed to Sefardim. There are some limited variations in Jewish custom between the “Ashkenazic” communities [who generally follow the RAMA in disputes with the "Mechaber"] and the “Sefardic” communities [who follow the "Mechaber"].