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    • 02.12.09 | 19:23 (IST)

    "As for the `Romans never expelled Jews from Israel` theory. The facts are depicted on the Arch of Titus which shows Jewish slaves exhibited in Rome." Never mind "Your knowledge of Jewish history is sorely lacking", What exactly does the arch of Titus show? It shows treasures from the Temple being carried away...by Roman soldiers. The Romans destroyed the Temple and stole its treasures. That is what the arch of Titus depicts. "Please present your linguistic argument that Yiddish comes from Khazaria." Sand quotes in order to sustain the claim that East European Jewry did not originate in large part from western Germany, the statement by Isaac Baer Levinsohn in 1828, whom he says is described as the father of Jewish enlightenment in Russia. "Our elders told us that some generations earlier the Jews in these parts spoke only this Russian language, and the Ashkenazi Jewish language we speak now [yiddish] had not yet spread among all the Jews living in these regions" on p243 He also attests that until the 1960's the view that the "majority of Yiddish speakers originated in the Caucaus, Volga Steppes, the black Seaand Slav countries was an acceptable assumptiom, caused no shock and was not considered anti semitic as it was after the early 70's". ibid. Furthermore Sand quotes the great Jewish scholar, Abraham Harkavy from 1867: 'The Jews and the Languages of the Slavs': "The first Jew who came ... did not originate in Germany as many writers tend to believe but originate from the Greek shores of the Black Sea and from Asia via the mountains of the Caucasus". Paul Wexler "has published studies supporting the assumption that the spread of Yiddish was not due to migration of Jews from the West. Its basis is Slavic and its vocabulary is predominantly south eastern German". p245. Prof. Paul Wexler Dept. of Linguistics Tel-Aviv University. The ashkenazic Jews: 'A Slavo Turkic People in Search of a Jewish Identity. 1993'. As a prime example of a Turkic etymology, quite central to yiddishkeit culture and practice Sand cites evidence on the word *Davenen* See this and more in Herbert Guy Zeiden. "Khazar/Kipchak Turkisms in Yiddish: Words and Surnames" 1998.

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    First published 02:32 01.12.09 | Last updated 13:56 19.12.09
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