Essays

The Italian-Jewish Liturgy

Traditional Jewish Music and Italian-Jewish Liturgical Traditions Jerusalem, summer 1955, Published in: “Rassegna Mensile di Israel”, Tishri 5718, Ottobre 1957, Vol. XXIII, N. 10 Translated by Inga Pierson What is…

Ethiopia 1935

Ethiopia is one of only two African countries that managed to escape colonization during Europe’s great scramble for Africa in the 1870s. Italy, a latecomer to the colonial enterprise, was…

A Polishman among Ethiopians

  A century before global Jewry reached out to Ethiopia’s community, a researcher named Jacques Faitlovitch sowed the seeds for a future ingathering. An odd sculpture recently appeared on the…

Jewish Settlement in Ethiopia

Plans for Mass Jewish Settlement in Ethiopia (1936-1943) Source: Tetzeta Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia in the autumn of 1935, and the development of anti-Semitism in both fascist Italy 1 and…

The Mysteries of Italian Jewry

  Many years ago, at a lunch in Princeton, a venerable professor asked me whether Jews still existed in Italy. Was it a justified question? In a sense, yes. Of…

Amelia Rosselli

Exile. from: La Famiglia Rosselli – Una Tragedia Italiana At first glance and especially from a certain distance, Amelia Rosselli, reclining in her rocker on the front porch of the…

On Sabato Morais

Tradition in the New World: Rethinking Sabato Morais This Review of Arthur Kiron‘s Golden Ages, Promised Lands: The Victorian Rabbinic Humanism of Sabato Morais (Ph.D. Dissertation, Columbia University, 1999) was…

Yohanan Alemanno

Cultural Relationships between Jews and Non-Jews in Fifteenth-Century Italy: The Case of Yohanan Alemanno This talk was presented at the symposium “Humanism and the Rabbinic Tradition in Italy and Beyond”…

Elijah Benamozegh

Kabbalah in the Age of Reason: Elijah Benamozegh This talk was presented at the symposium “Humanism and the Rabbinic Tradition in Italy and Beyond” organized by Centro Primo Levi and …