Quote Originally Posted by eldergrantaire View Post
The character is a second-generation Polish Jewish immigrant, so I think he'd be Ashkenazi. Does that mean they definitely wouldn't use Hebrew words like nefesh teoma?
No; it means that his knowledge of Yiddish will be greater than a Shephardic Jew; during the migration eras the Sephardics ended up in on the Iberian peninsuan, mostly, and developed their own "home" language, Ladino. See this FAQ.