Diaspora

Alternative Spellings

Diasporah

Definitions

  • "The term for Jewish communities and their residents who live outside of the State of Israel" (JPS).
  • The extensive settlement of Jews outside the land of Israel after the Babylonian Exile in 586 BCE.

Example Sentences

  • "Jews in the Diaspora often have a hard time maintaining their religious practices."

Languages of Origin

English, Greek

Etymology

Greek diaspeirein 'to scatter about, dispersion'

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

See also golus

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