Essays

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Women and the Torah

In Italy, a Unique Connection Between Women and the Torah. Creating special Torah coverings—often from discarded scraps of fabric—has a long history for Italian women A Torah scroll takes years to…

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On the Dark Side of History

The historian Carlo Ginzburg talks about his publications and his historical method of microhistory, which he pioneered. Ginzburg dismisses the prevailing relativism of historical truth as intellectually, politically, and morally lazy,…

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The Enigma

The Enigma of a Rare Jewish Sixteenth Century Portrait from Cremona Recently, while visiting an art fair in New York, I was surprised and intrigued by a painting by Antonio…

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From Odessa to Florence

From Odessa to Florence: Elena Comparetti Raffalovich. “Non capisco come possono affollare chiese e sinagoghe, quando si puo avere come tempio l’universo interno Abstract In the nineteenth and the first…

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After Mussolini

After Mussolini: Jewish Life and Jewish Memories in Post-Fascist Italy. In 1922, in a Vienna where anti-Jewish sentiments were intense and exploited by various political movement, the Austrian-Jewish writer Hugo…

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From Musa Dagh to Masada

How Franz Werfel’s novel about the Armenian Genocide inspired the Warsaw Ghetto fighters and the Zionist resistance A crowded hotel lobby in Breslau in late 1932. People waited there to…

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Holocaust Music

Why the new “Holocaust Music” is an insult to music and the the victims of the Shoah   In the never-ending search for ways to remember the Holocaust, the newest…

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An Evening for Bianca

On January 25th, 2016, was a special  evening at the Italian Cultural Institute. The occasion was  the launching of  Primo Levi, The Friend by Bianca Guidetti Serra, CPL Editions, 2015….

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Lagersprache: Primo Levi and the Language of Survival

In a story from 1976 entitled “Decoding” (Decodificazione), Primo Levi investigates the appearance of swastikas and Fascist graffiti in a small Italian town.[1] Discovering they were made by a disaffected teenager,…