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    Yekkes – Ask the Rabbi

    Q. Why are German Jews called Yekkes?

    A. Here are several theories:
    1. In Eretz Yisra’el in the 1930s, it was only the German Jewish immigrants who insisted on dressing properly with jackets (“jacket” = Jacke).

    2. In Eastern Europe, men wore long kaftans; only the German Jews wore short jackets.

    3. The name is the initials of yehudei kasheh havanah, people who don’t understand quickly.

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