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Rider on blue paper, ca. 1901-1907 , pencil on blue paper, National Library of Israel

Franz Kafka: With Ink and Graphite

 I love and admire Kafka because he writes in a way that is totally closed off to me. (Primo Levi) Franz Kafka The Drawings. Edited by Andreas Kilcher. Yale University…

The Jesuit

Nicola Chiaromonte, The Partisan Review, February 1948 We had been at school together, at the Collegio Massimo, the time-honored Jesuit college where the sons of the Roman middle class sit…

The Online Thesaurus of Italian Jewish Music

Centro Primo Levi New York partners with Centro Leo Levi in Florence to invite all to listen and sing at www.jewishitalianmusic.org The Online Thesaurus of Italian Jewish Music is a…

Bashing Micól

In a New York Times interview published in 1972, Bassani boldly stated: “I am Micól.” Indeed, he speaks through all of his characters playing across genders and social roles and allowing the space of mystery in which human beings continuously redefine one another through relationships.

My betrayed garden

my work, in a way that would have been inappropriate even if they were marionettes. Although fine folk, the Finzi-Continis were not Rothschilds, carrying out correspondence with wealthy international relatives by mail! “Isac” and “Rachel,” mentioned on p. 278 onwards of the Pirro revision, distorted the Finzi-Continis, rendering a false and unflattering image of the family.

La iente de Zion

La iente de Zion: a Medieval liturgical poem in Italian vernacular From: Jews, an Italian Story. The First Thousand Years, Electa, 2018, Museo Nazionale dell’Ebraismo Italiano e della Shoah, Ferrara….

Pri Etz Hadar

Written by an unknown author, probably of the school of Itzach Luria in Safed, it was included in the Sefer Ḥemdat Yamim by R’ Yisrael Yakov Ben Yom Tov Algazi…

Like Aeneas

Thirty years ago, I was in the car headed to Munich, Germany. At a crossroads, I took the wrong turn, confusing left, and right as I often do. I continued…

Piero Dello Strologo (1936-2022)

I met Piero Dello Strologo many years ago in Genova. He was younger than I am today and became the initial inspiration for what, years later, would be established as…