Essays

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 …

The Time Fate Gave Us: 1938-1947

Group photo: 1938 This is the story of a group of young, ordinary people who happened to live, as Silvio Ortona put it, at an extraordinary time and who had…

The Matteotti murder, 1924-2014

The Matteotti murder and the origins of Mussolini’s totalitarian Fascist regime in Italy This paper was delivered on June 2 at Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimò NYU on the occasion of…

Italian Jewry in the Early Modern Era

Italian Jewry in the Early Modern Era: Essays in Intellectual History     Research does not always proceed according to a predetermined plan. In some cases, the opposite is true:…

Gentile on Kertzer

Some Observations on Catholicism, Fascism and Totalitarianism During the Papacy of Pius XI. On David L. Kertzer’s The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise…