Jews represent the oldest monotheistic religion of modern times. Because of the uniqueness of their history and culture, all Jews have a strong sense of identity. Persecution of and discrimination against the Jews have been the historical reasons for their migrations and settlements around the world.
The Jews of Europe arrived on the continent at least 2,000 years ago during the early days of the Roman Empire. Since then, they have been a significant influence in the history and culture of Europe. Much of what is considered "Jewish" today finds its roots among the European Jews.
One of the unique features among European Jews is the distinction between the Ashkenazic Jews and the Sephardic Jews. The word Ashkenaz is derived from a biblical word for the larger Germanic region of Europe. Therefore, Ashkenazim Jews are those whose ancestry is linked to that area. This group traditionally speaks the Yiddish language, which is a German dialect that has Hebrew and Slavic elements. There are two basic Yiddish languages, one is called "Western" and the other is called, "Eastern." The latter developed in Eastern Europe and Russia.
Eastern Yiddish speakers are all over central and eastern Europe, including tiny Latvia.
In Latvia, Jewish people look and dress like everyone else, so people often don't know they are Jewish. Jewish people don't regularly face anti-Semitic behavior, but few of them hold political power. Like the people of the other two Baltic States, (Lithuania and Estonia) Latvian Jewish people use Russian as a trade language.
Because of the uniqueness of their history and culture, Yiddish-speaking Jews have a strong sense of identity. Persecution of and discrimination against the Jews have been the historical reasons for their migrations and settlements in other parts of the w
This Jewish community in Latvia tends to not be very religious. They celebrate Jewish holidays together as families and in their synagogues. Judaism provides them with more of a sense of identity than a way to fill a spiritual need.
The Eastern Yiddish speakers in Latvia need spiritual hunger to seek and find their messiah.
Pray for Latvian believers to reach out to the Jewish community in love.
Pray for a spiritual hunger among Yiddish speaking Jews that they will seek and find their messiah.
Pray for Yiddish speaking rabbis to emerge who will disciple others in the ways of Yeshua, Jesus.
Scripture Prayers for the Jewish, Eastern Yiddish-speaking in Latvia.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Jewish, Eastern Yiddish-speaking|
|People Name in Country||Jewish, Eastern Yiddish-speaking|
|Natural Name||Eastern Yiddish-speaking Jewish|
|Alternate Names||Jew, Yiddish-Speaking; Jewish; Yiddish Jewish|
|Population this Country||1,900|
|Population all Countries||785,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Region||Europe, Eastern and Eurasia|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Scattered. Source: Ethnologue 2020|
|Primary Language||Yiddish, Eastern (1,900 speakers)|
|Language Code||ydd Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Yiddish, Eastern
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1678-1936)|
|FCBH NT (www.bible.is)||Online|
|YouVersion NT (www.bible.com)||Online|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Yiddish, Eastern||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Biblical answers to your questions||Got Questions Ministry|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws||Campus Crusade for Christ|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Yiddish, Eastern||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Yiddish, Eastern||YouVersion Bibles|