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CULTURE A scratch to dissolve the darkness

hannesBy Guido Vitale*

He moves his first steps in the dark. The sheet he puts in front of him is intensely, impenetrably black. Then Hannes Binder starts to raise to the surface something that looks like light. And his work …

FEATURES Piero Terracina Turns 90

pietro terracinaBy Pagine Ebraiche staff

Piero Terracina turned 90. He was born on November 12, 1928 in Rome and survived the Shoah. The present given to him by the Union of Italian Jewish Communities is a Chanukkia, the symbol of the …

FEATURES Padua, the Cradle of Italian Rabbis

Ex_grande_sinagoga_tedesca_Padova_2By Nicholas Oliveti*

Padua is a mid-sized city located in northeastern Italy, about 25 miles east of Venice. Around the year 1000 the first Jews arrived in Padua. Towards the mid-14th century, many Jews from around Italy, who practiced banking …

FEATURES Bologna, a Taste of Italy

bologna scroll2By Cimring*

Tortellini in brodo (meat tortellini in broth), tagliatelle al ragù (pasta with meat sauce), lasagne verdi alla bolognese (lasagna with meat sauce and béchamel), zuppa inglese (cake and cream), and mascarpone (particular type of soft cheese often used …

FEATURES Mantua, a Long Jewish History

Sinagoga MantovaBy Jenna Lustbader*

The first extent mention of Jews living in the ancient northern Italian city of Mantua (Mantova) dates to around 1145. Soon after this, Abraham ibn Ezra (1089-1167), one of the most important Jewish biblical commentators and philosophers …

FEATURES A Taste of Parma

parmigianoBy Ilise Posner*

Could there be an imitation cheese lurking on your shelf? Parmesan cheese, a simple delight for many has an intriguing history. It originated in, you guessed it, the Italian province of Parma and has been prepared for …

FEATURES Pisa, the Jewish Heritage by the Leaning Tower

pisaby Austin Marques*

The city of Pisa, Italy is one of the centers of European medieval art and home to impressive architectural structures. The Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) is home to four Catholic monuments: the Cathedral, the Baptistry, …