Ashkenazi Jews

Why Scientists Are Fighting About The Origins Of Yiddish – And The Jews

05/26/2016 - 11:30

Science has finally provided evidence of what Jewish “Star Wars” fans long suspected: Yoda is a member of the tribe — or at least he speaks like one.

The “Star Wars” character Yoda’s uncommon grammar is used by a geneticist to explain his theory on the origins of Yiddish. JTA

Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Study To Look At Ashkenazi Genetic Mutation

02/26/2014 - 19:00

(JTA) — A study sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research will investigate a genetic mutation found more often in Ashkenazi Jews.

On Tu B’Av, Remember The Importance Of Genetic Testing

08/01/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As Jews, we don’t have many light-hearted holidays, but this week we’ll celebrate one of them, Tu B’Av. Casually known as the Jewish Valentine’s day, Tu B’Av is the counterbalance to the most difficult of all our holidays, Tisha B’Av.  While we fast and remember all of our hardships and trials during Tisha B’Av, this week we will engage in mirth, and celebrate love and joy.  Many will wed, and according to Jewish lore many will meet their matches on Tu B’Av.

Estie Rose

Torah Sage Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv Dies In Israel At 102

07/17/2012 - 20:00

In an age of sound bites and celebrity seekers, Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, who died Wednesday at age 102, represented a world apart.

The head of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox community in Israel, Elyashiv was a Torah sage who shunned the limelight, dedicating himself single-mindedly to the pursuit of Torah study.

Jews And Native American Tribe Share Genetic Link, Say Israeli Doctors

06/03/2012 - 20:00

(JTA) – Israeli geneticists have linked a Native American population in Colorado to Jews expelled from Spain during the Inquisition.

Geneticists at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv discovered the genetic mutation marker BRCA1 in a group of Mexican Indians who had emigrated from Mexico to the United States over the past 200 years and settled in Colorado, Haaretz reported Wednesday.

BRCA1 is found in Jews of Ashkenazi origin and leads to a higher incidence of breast and ovarian cancer.

Training Rabbis To Promote Screening

Ashkenazi Jews are potential carriers for 16 devastating genetic ailments: how tests can prevent a lot of heartache.
10/25/2010 - 20:00
Editorial Assistant

Steve Hoffman had never heard of Tay-Sachs Disease. When his eldest son, Harry, was diagnosed with the disease at 5 ½ months, he and his wife were shocked and devastated.

Rabbis gathered last week to hear from parents of children with genetic diseases. Steven Rosen Photography
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