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Etymology[ edit ] The name Ashkenazi derives from the biblical figure of Ashkenazthe first son of Gomerson of Japhetson of Noahand a Japhetic patriarch in the Table of Nations Genesis The name of Gomer has often been linked to the ethnonym Cimmerians.
Jews were required to pay a poll tax until the reign of Emperor Julian in In the late Roman Empire, Jews were free to form networks of cultural and religious ties and enter into various local occupations.
But, after Christianity became the official religion of Rome and Constantinople inJews were increasingly marginalized. The history of Jews in Greece goes back to at least the Archaic Era of Greecewhen the classical culture of Greece was undergoing a process of formalization after the Greek Dark Age.
The Greek historian Herodotus knew of the Jews, whom he called "Palestinian Syrians",[ citation needed ] and listed them among the levied naval forces in service of the invading Persians. While Jewish monotheism was not deeply affected by Greek Polytheism, the Greek way of living was attractive for many wealthier Jews.
The Stobi Synagogue in Macedoniawas built on the ruins of a more ancient synagogue in the 4th century, while later in the 5th century, the synagogue was transformed into Christian basilica. Jewish troops were among the Syrian soldiers transferred there, and replenished from the Middle East, after C.
Jews and especially Syrians came from AntiochTarsus and Cappadocia.
Others came from Italy and the Hellenized parts of the Roman empire. The excavations suggest they first lived in isolated enclaves attached to Roman legion camps and intermarried with other similar oriental families within the military orders of the region.
In Gaul and Germany itself, with the possible exception of Trier and Colognethe archeological evidence suggests at most a fleeting presence of very few Jews, primarily itinerant traders or artisans.
Jews in former Roman territories faced new challenges as harsher anti-Jewish Church rulings were enforced. This created opportunities for Jewish merchants to settle again north of the Alps. Charlemagne granted the Jews freedoms similar to those once enjoyed under the Roman Empire.
In addition, Jews from southern Italy, fleeing religious persecution, began to move into central Europe. Church legislation banned Christians from lending money in exchange for interest. By the 11th century, when Rashi of Troyes wrote his commentaries, Jews in what came to be known as "Ashkenaz" were known for their halakhic learningand Talmudic studies.
They were criticized by Sephardim and other Jewish scholars in Islamic lands for their lack of expertise in Jewish jurisprudence dinim and general ignorance of Hebrew linguistics and literature.
By the 11th century Jewish settlers, moving from southern European and Middle Eastern centers, appear to have begun to settle in the north, especially along the Rhine, often in response to new economic opportunities and at the invitation of local Christian rulers.
Thus Baldwin V, Count of Flandersinvited Jacob ben Yekutiel and his fellow Jews to settle in his lands; and soon after the Norman Conquest of EnglandWilliam the Conqueror likewise extended a welcome to continental Jews to take up residence there.
In all of these decisions, the idea that Jews had the know-how and capacity to jump-start the economy, improve revenues, and enlarge trade seems to have played a prominent role.
The cluster of cities contain the earliest Jewish settlements north of the Alps, and played a major role in the formation of Ashkenazi Jewish religious tradition,  along with Troyes and Sens in France.
Over this period of several hundred years, some have suggested, Jewish economic activity was focused on trade, business management, and financial services, due to several presumed factors: Christian European prohibitions restricting certain activities by Jews, preventing certain financial activities such as " usurious " loans  between Christians, high rates of literacy, near universal male education, and ability of merchants to rely upon and trust family members living in different regions and countries.
The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth at its greatest extent. By the 15th century, the Ashkenazi Jewish communities in Poland were the largest Jewish communities of the Diaspora. The answer to why there was so little assimilation of Jews in central and eastern Europe for so long would seem to lie in part in the probability that the alien surroundings in central and eastern Europe were not conducive, though there was some assimilation.
Furthermore, Jews lived almost exclusively in shtetlsmaintained a strong system of education for males, heeded rabbinic leadership, and had a very different lifestyle to that of their neighbours; and all of these tendencies increased with every outbreak of antisemitism.
In the first half of the 11th century, Hai Gaon refers to questions that had been addressed to him from Ashkenaz, by which he undoubtedly means Germany. Rashi in the latter half of the 11th century refers to both the language of Ashkenaz  and the country of Ashkenaz.
In the Mahzor Vitrythe kingdom of Ashkenaz is referred to chiefly in regard to the ritual of the synagogue there, but occasionally also with regard to certain other observances.The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College is a non-profit, nonpartisan, public policy think tank.
Applied Economics Letters, , 17, – Macroeconomic impact of Eastern enlargement on Germany and UK: evidence from a CGE model Timo Baasa,b and Herbert Bru¨ckera,c,* aInstitute for Employment Research (IAB), International Comparisons and European Integration, Nuremberg, D, Germany.
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