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April 28th, 2014 - Nissan 28th, 5774

Your Finest Hour
by Guido Vitale*

The goal of giving Italian Judaism an international news system is not an easy one. But we have an extraordinary ally: the next generation, our children.
After so much effort, after so many sacrifices to help our children to master foreign languages in order to face the challenges of a globalized world, starting with Hebrew and English, what for past generations was almost impossible, today is a reality.
With so many young people who live and are engaged internationally, in Israel and around the world to study and work, the dream of communicating our identity is within reach.
For this reason I appeal to our children: it is time for you to speak. To use the languages you have learned, and to pay tribute to our identity as Italian Jews. The time has come to take advantage of the gifts you have received.
It could be your finest hour.

*Guido Vitale is the editor-in-chief of Pagine Ebraiche
Italian Word of the Week:
by Daniela Gross

In Italian the word “libro” designates a book (in the plural becomes “libri”). But in Italy to talk about book and books is a tricky question. Italy boasts a prestigious literary heritage, but the current situation is horrible. The latest report of Istat, the National Institute of Statistics, says that only 26 millions of Italians (more than the half of the population) read at least one book in 2012 and that the number of published works is decreasing (less than 9.4% in the last year).
In this situation it may seem heroic to dedicate an entire festival to the Italian Jewish Book like the Festa del Libro ebraico that started yesterday in Ferrara, and in some way it is. But the good news is that even in this landscape of declining readers, books and the Jewish culture mantain even today a strong and fascinating appeal. The Festa del libro ebraico mixes some irresistible ingredients: the enchanting atmosphere of a little city of the North Italy, Ferrara, that has an important Jewish history, art, events, meetings with the authors. And thanks to this formula, even in this fifth edition the initiative is confirmed as a big success.
Spielberg Film About Italian Jewish Boy Seized by Church
By Daniela Gross

The recent news that Steven Spielberg next production will be dedicated to the kidnapping of the little Edgardo Mortara, one of the most dramatic cases of the Italian Jewish history, caused a strong emotional reaction in Italian Jewry. A case that will be further illuminated by the new book by Elèna Mortara Di Veroli, Professor of American Literature at Rome University and descendent of Edgardo. “Writing for Justice”, temporary title of the manuscript just presented to the American publisher - the prestigious Dartmouth College Press - will be put in press in the next few months. The book promises to make new revelations about the historic and cultural debate about the democratic society.
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Honoring the Jewish Brigade
by Adam Smulevich

Every 25th April since the end of the war Italy celebrates the Liberation Day. On that day we give special honor to the banners of the Jewish Brigade, the body of soldiers arrived from Mandatory Palestine (the future State of Israel) to free Italy from Nazism and fascism. The call of the Allied Forces was greeted by those thousands of volunteers who, after a period of training in North Africa, contributed decisively to the breaching of the Gothic Line and the opening of strategic fronts throughout Central Italy.

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Thousands in Ferrara
to Celebrate Jewish Culture

By Daniel Reichel

Thousands of people gathered in the city of Ferrara on Saturday night in order to attend the opening of the “Festa del Libro ebraico in Italia” (Italian Jewish Book Fair).

Not only book presentations and conferences, but also concerts, culinary events, guided tours of the Jewish itineraries of Ferrara, will animate the Fair (in the picture, the president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities Renzo Gattegna and the Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini).
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Israel To Join Expo in Milan
By Simone Somekh

Israel, along with 147 other countries, is set to join Expo Milano, also known as the Universal Exposition, that will take place in Milan, Italy, in 2015. The theme of the non-commercial fair will be “Feeding the Planet. Energy for life”, and Israel’s plan is to build a massive “living” wall that will illustrate its technological achievements within the agricultural field.
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Made in Italy & Kosher
by Rossella Tercatin

In Italy, food does not mean only nutrition, recipes and industry. It represents tradition, culture, the nature of the country and the society itself. A feature that is definitely not foreign to Jewish tradition, which also cherishes food and the concept of eating together, following the appropriate rituals, as a cornerstone of the Jewish life.

As the interest in Kosher industry and Jewish tradition raises, two conferences organized by Pagine Ebraiche, the magazine of Italian Jewry, will be held at Cibus, the International Food Exhibition in Parma.
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Auschwitz: "A Performance
That Was Not Appropriate"

by David Berger*

Christians have every right to interpret the Holocaust through the prism of their religion and even to incorporate elements of Judaism and Jewish ritual into a quintessentially Christian theological context.  Criticism of this symphony because it undermines the uniqueness of the Holocaust is entirely defensible, perhaps even correct, but it does not in my view rise to a level that would justify censure of the composer and the organizers of performances of the composition, nor does this criticism stand in the way of an expression of gratitude and appreciation for the sentiments reflected in the work.
Nonetheless, a performance at the most notorious of Nazi death camps is in a different category.

*Rabbi David Berger is the dean of Yeshiva University's Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, as well as chair of Yeshiva College's Jewish Studies department.

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