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20 Facts About Ashkenazi Jewish
However, the Ashkenazi population was decimated shortly after as a result of the Holocaust that was carried out by Nazi Germany during World War II, which affected almost every Jewish European family.
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Name Ashkenazi Jewish derives from the biblical figure of Ashkenaz, the first son of Gomer, son of Japhet, son of Noah, and a Japhetic patriarch in the Table of Nations.
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France's blended Ashkenazi Jewish community is typical of the cultural recombination that is going on among Jews throughout the world.
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Since the middle of the 20th century, many Ashkenazi Jews have intermarried, both with members of other Jewish communities and with people of region.
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Term Ashkenazi Jewish refers to the nusach Ashkenaz used by Ashkenazi Jewish Jews in their Siddur.
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In some instances, Ashkenazi Jewish communities have accepted significant numbers of Sephardi newcomers, sometimes resulting in intermarriage and the possible merging between the two communities.
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Collectively, Ashkenazi Jews are less genetically diverse than other Jewish ethnic divisions, due to their genetic bottleneck.
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Testing was performed on the full 16,600 DNA units composing mitochondrial DNA in all their subjects, and the study found that the four main female Ashkenazi Jewish founders had descent lines that were established in Europe 10,000 to 20,000 years in the past while most of the remaining minor founders have a deep European ancestry.
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People of Ashkenazi Jewish descent are at much higher risk of being a carrier for Tay-Sachs disease, which is fatal in its homozygous form.
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