AZL flag holder TransparentSephardi or Sephardim (Hebrew: סְפָרַדִּי, Modern Sfaraddi) is a construct of the Jewish tribe meaning literally “The Jews of Spain”. The term comes from Sefarad, a Biblical location under dispute, but “Sepharad” was identified by Jews as the Iberian Peninsula, and still means “Spain” in Modern Hebrew. Sephardim is now a general term that originally described Jews that descended from Jews that occupied the Iberian Peninsula before their expulsion in the late 15th century. Historically, the vernacular language of Sephardi Jews was Ladino. Currently Sephardim refers to any Jew who is not Ashkenazi.

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