When I went to Israel for her wedding (it was their second wedding, a big orthodox Yemenite wedding that his parents insisted on making for their family and friends) I met Ashkenazi Jewish Israelis of European background as well as Mizrahi Jews from the Middle East. They are two different kinds of people.
Growing up in New York, I knew some Sephardic Jews. They didn't mix with Ashkenazi Jews, either. They had their own religious institutions, schools, social centers. I wondered why they kept so much to themselves and were not very friendly. I think today many of the cultural barriers have lessened.
Hebrew is spoken in Israel, they seem to not want to speak Yiddish. My grandchildren speak Hebrew, learned at religious schools. They don't speak Yiddish. I only know a few words and phrases, but when I'm with the grandkids, they seem to pop out of nowhere. When I call my granddaughter "my shaine ketzele" she looks at me like "What?"
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