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FEATURES Stories of Hopes from Naples

napoliBy Jacqueline McKenna*

The Holocaust was a horrendous tragedy that threatens to diminish our faith in humanity. All over Europe families, children, mothers were separated and killed, revealing the utmost barbaric and inhumane side of our society. However, during this …

Double Life – Colors

fubiniBy Daniela Fubini*

The World Cup is over and the summer can start now, finally. It’s too bad the Cup didn’t go to Croatia, the typical underdog who collected fans all around the globe by ending up in a finale …

PILPUL Anti-fascism

anna foa by giovanni monteneroBy Anna Foa

On June 9, 1937, 81 years ago, two antifascist Jews, the Rosselli brothers, were killed by hit men belonging to the right-wing extremist French movement La Cagoule in Bagnoles-de-l’Orne, Normandy. It was the Italian fascist regime which …


bidussaBy David Bidussa*

While trying to understand what is happening right now, I re-read the “Letter concerning fanaticism” by Shaftesbury (1708, Chiarelettere publisher), in which the author states that refusing to be in a good mood means that there is …

Double Life – Food & ball

fubiniBy Daniela Fubini*

One of the things that keeps new and old immigrants connected with the original country, especially when you are an Italian and you live anywhere else on the globe is naturally the food.

Luckily, Italian food is …

Open Closed Open – Speech, Intention and Action

mascettiBy Yaakov Mascetti*

When I was recently asked to write something on the weekly Torah portion (parashah) of Balak, the moment came when I had to face one of the most difficult sections in the Scriptures from the point of …

Who Am I

By David Bidussa*

I think that, in her latest book (Marranos, Einaudi), Donatella Di Cesare sees Marranism as an issue concerning modernity and anyone, Jewish or not, when she writes that “the marrano becomes the matrix of the modern Jew …

Double Life – Winners

fubiniBy Daniela Fubini*

How truly wonderful it is to have multiple nationalities and sometimes almost parallel lives across the continents and the seas. One of the great advantages is that you can tune out one of the nationalities and feel …

“Abbas’ Mendacious Allegations Are Worrisome”

de bernardinBy Sandro De Bernardin*

“As Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, I was dismayed and very worried by the comments made by Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, on 2 May in which he used antisemitic stereotypes in public discourse, …