The Turin Book Fair Honors Primo Levi
By Rossella Tercatin
The Turin International Book Fair took place between May 9 and May 13, 2019.
Many events were devoted to honor the centennial from the birth of the Turin-born writer and Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi.
The 2019 edition of the Fair had been at the center of a controversy
because a Fascist-leaning publisher had booked a stand there. Several
speakers announced they would no longer attend the event until the
stand of the publisher was revoked.
Prime Minister Conte at the Great Synagogue: "Antisemitism is Europe's suicide"
By Pagine Ebraiche staff
is the suicide of the European man because when the European man
rejects the Jewish man, he also rejects himself and denies a
fundamental part of his own identity".
This is a clear message from Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who has
spoken at the Great Synagogue of Rome last week. He was invited to the
Jewish neighborhood to welcome a delegation of 800 youths from over 50
Russian cities on their visit to Rome under the leadership of Chief
Rabbi Berel Lazar.
Their trip is part of the ‘Yachad' project of the Federation of Jewish
Communities of Russia, held annually in a different European capital
before moving to Auschwitz, where it usually ends. This year the
project is also celebrating the 100th anniversary of Primo Levi's
The President of the Jewish Community of Rome Ruth Dureghello, Chief
Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni and Holocaust survivor Sami Modiano welcomed
Giuseppe Conte to the Great Synagogue of Rome.
"The extraordinary experience of Primo Levi clearly shows how art is
capable of giving a voice to people's feelings, commemorating the past
in the highest sense of the word", the Prime Minister said..
Translated by Arianna
Mercuriali, student at the Advanced School for Interpreters and
Translators of the University of Trieste, intern at the newspaper
office of the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities.
The Auschwitz Memorial to Commemorate Italian Victims Reopened in Florence
By Adam Smulevich
The Auschwitz Memorial built to remember the Italian victims of deportation found a new home in the city of Florence.
Originally set up in a lager by the National Association of
ex-deportees in Nazi camps in 1980, the monument was moved to Italy
some years ago when the Auschwitz Museum contacted the Italian
authorities to inform them that it no longer respected the standard of
a modern museum, a new location was needed.
This marked the beginning of a controversy behind which many have seen political motivations.
To save the Memorial, which had also received a contribution by Primo
Levi, the city of Florence offered its help along with the support of
the Tuscany Region and other institutions, including the Union of
Italian Jewish Communities.
lashon - deutsch
Schürzen und Disziplin
und Uniformen, Ordnung und Disziplin“. Dies ist das vom Minister
Salvini vorgeschlagene Rezept, um die Probleme, die unsere Schule
belasten, zu lösen. Das geschieht während die Umfragen uns zeigen, dass
ein großer Prozentsatz unserer Schüler, der die mittlere Reife bekommt,
schwache Kenntnisse im Lesen und Schreiben hat. Weder die
Aufmerksamkeit auf das kulturelle Niveau der Schüler und Dozenten, noch
die Sorge für die Inhalte des Lernprozesses, sondern Schürzen und
Disziplin. Nicht die Wiedereinführung der Geschichte in den Lehrplan,
die vor kurzem Hunderte von Unterschriften, darunter die der Senatorin
Liliana Segre, dem italienischen Bildungsministerium beantragen haben,
sondern Ordnung und Schürzen. Nicht die Erziehung zur Betrachtung des
Wissens, statt der Unwissenheit, als positives Wert, sondern Uniformen
und Disziplin. Und welche Farbe sollten diese Uniformen haben? Schwarz,
*Anna Foa, Historikerin. Übersetzung von Anna Zanette, mit der
Hilfe von Giulia Schincariol, beide Studentinnen der Hochschule für
Dolmetscher und Übersetzer der Universität von Trieste und
Praktikantinnen bei der Zeitungsredaktion der Union der jüdischen
Gemeinden von Italien (UCEI).
in a Strong Context
By Yaakov Mascetti*
once I am not going to be addressing here Jewish matters, in the
strenuous effort to justify humanistic values, the inevitable presence
of the “Other,” and a staunchly iconoclastic conception of the Divine.
What I am also not going to do is rant about pseudo-pagan ideas of
providence, and conflations of the material and the spiritual. And I am
not going to address political issues, or at least not directly –
mostly because these days political disputes have become, thanks to the
social networks, populated by a plethora of simplistic statements,
vague and ironic memes, and 140-character long mantras against this or
that. Tired of this lack in dialogue, I closed my Facebook account last
year and haven’t regretted once.
*Yaakov Mascetti holds a
Ph.D. and teaches at the Department of Comparative Literature, Bar Ilan
Pope urged by Jews to take care
By AFP and TOI staff*
over Pharisees talk
Francis is being urged by experts to take greater care when referring
to “hypocritical” Pharisees, a stereotype that fueled centuries of bad
blood between Catholics and Jews.
Catholic-Jewish relations blossomed after the Second Vatican Council —
which in 1965 finally urged respect for Judaism — and Francis is a
clear friend of the Jews, insisting the Church continue to apologize
But for centuries, Jesus’s Jewish origins were obscured and the Jews were held collectively responsible for his death.
And the pontiff’s tendency to quote directly from New Testament
passages where Jesus slams members of the small religious and political
group as “hypocrites” has been troubling rabbis concerned about
Some 400 Jewish and Christian Bible scholars gathered in Rome last week
to exchange research notes on the Pharisees, a group about which little
is known historically but which came to represent all Jews in Catholic
tradition. To Jews, the Pharisees include some of the earliest of the
Sages whose collective legal and spiritual debates over some seven
centuries, until the fifth century CE, are recorded in the vast
compilation called the Talmud, Judaism’s central post-Biblical text.
But the image of the “treacherous” Pharisees appears down the centuries
in dictionaries, academic articles, films and Protestant and Catholic
preaching, with the word “Pharisee” becoming a synonym for hypocrite in
“They lacked life. They were, so to speak, ‘starched.’ They were rigid…
The people didn’t matter to them: The Law mattered to them,” Francis
said of Pharisees in a homily in October.
*The article was published in The Times of Israel on May 12, 2019.
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