Oy vey! Where Yiddish was born

Ashkenazi Jews, Yiddish speakers photoDid Ashkenazi Jews descend from ancient Turkey? Everett Historical/Shutterstock

Yiddish – which consists of Hebrew, German, Slavic elements and is written in Aramaic – has been spoken for centuries, but its origins have been murky.

Now an article at TheCoversation.com tells us that it was developed by Iranian and Ashkenazic Jews as they traded on the Silk Road from the first centuries AD to around the 9th century when they arrived in Slavic lands.

Putting together evidence from linguistic, history, and genetics,” the article says, “we concluded that the ancient Ashkenazic Jews were merchants who developed Yiddish as a secret language – with 251 words for “buy” and “sell” – to maintain their monopoly. They were known to trade in everything from fur to slaves.”

Read the whole fascinating article at TheConversation.com HERE

~~~~~Muhammad Ali

How he wanted to be remembered

In an interview , David Frost asked Muhammad Ali “What would you like people to think about you when you’ve gone?” He answered:

I’d like for them to say
He took a few cups of love.
He took one tablespoon of patience,
One teaspoon of generosity,
One pint of kindness.
He took one quart of laughter,
One pinch of concern.
And then, he mixed willingness with happiness.
He added lots of faith,
And he stirred it up well.
Then he spread it over a span of a lifetime,
And he served it to each and every deserving person he met.

Read other quotes from a beautiful man at RawStory.com HERE

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