Essays

Filo-So-Fare

The resurgence of the Italian silk tallit. Alessandro Cassin in conversation with Rav Umberto Piperno Many of us remember well the years Rave Umberto Piperno spent in New York: his…

Being a Centaur

What follows is Alessandro Di Rocco’s acceptance speech of the Centaur Award 2018.I want to thank all of you for being here tonight. I am honored and humbled by this tribute.

The Doctored ‘Memoir’ of Edgardo Mortara

The Doctored ‘Memoir’ of a Jewish Boy Kidnapped by the Vatican Edgardo Mortara’s autobiography is roiling Catholic-Jewish relations—based on the false assumption that the text is accurate.  After a century…

The “Aryanization” of Italian Musical Life

This article was originally published by the Orel Foundation  and is republished with minor edits by permission.  In Italy there is absolutely no differentiation between Jews and non–Jews, in all fields,…

Ghetto and Not

The Relationship between Jews and Christians. Toward a Redefinition of the Ghetto In Italy, during the past two decades, Jewish history has pervasively captured the attention of researchers – even…

Surviving the Ghetto

Serena di Nepi, Sopravvivere al ghetto. Per una storia sociale della comunità ebraica nella Roma del Cinquecento, Viella, Roma, 2013   Serena di Nepi’s new book presents a vast, all…

The Music of the Jews of Rome

The history of Jewish music in Italy is long, fascinating, and filled with contradictions. Its length is due to the very history of Italian Jewry, whose origins go back more…