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August 18th, 2014 - Av 22nd, 5774

by Guido Vitale*

For all Italians the mid August weekend traditionally represents a moment of meditation before resuming work and study.
For the Italians Jews especially, this season was more intense and more agitated than ever. Conflict in the Middle East, terrorist attacks against Israel, threats of a rising anti-Semitism in Europe have darkened the horizon more than the continuous waves of bad weather that characterized this Summer. Future is uncertain, but Italians  Jews should remember the lesson that has enabled their survival in two millennia of Diaspora: problems are also a great opportunity for a new beginning. And the month of Elul on our doorstep is the right season to address them.

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

As you can see, the Italian word for “rabbi” is not so different from the English and it is quite obvious, as both come from the common Hebrew root “rav”.  To tell the truth we use the Italian “rabbino” as frequently as the Hebrew “rav”. It is one of the first Hebrew worlds taught since the kindergarten and you learn quickly to alternate them, also because the rabbis take much care of the education of the children and the young.

As you can read in this issue the Italian Rabbinate, which over the centuries has given illustrious exponents, has a strong relevance in the communities’ life: by a spiritual, religious and cultural point of view as well as by the political side. Every Italian Community, except the smallest ones, has its Chief Rabbi. Along with the Community’s president, the Rabbi is the most representative figure on the territory. Therefore, he takes part in the major public ceremonies, religious or civilians, and dialogues with the society.

In Italy the Rabbis are significantly represented within the UCEI, the Union of Italian Jewish Communities through a council composed by three representatives, at now rav Alfonso Arbib, rav Adolfo Locci, rav Alberto Moshe Somekh. This Rabbinical Council is responsible for all matters of a general nature, spiritual and cultural affecting the Italian Jewry and it is elected by the Rabbinical Assembly, which reunites all Italian rabbis and is now chaired by rav Giuseppe Momigliano (Genua).

Italian Rabbis Speak Up
against Indifference

By Rossella Tercatin

Witnessing the drama of Christians and other minorities persecuted and killed in Iraq, Italian Rabbis have raised their voices against intolerance and indifference.
While new horrors committed by the militias of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are reported on the news everyday, a number of op-eds have appeared on the main Italian papers, underlining how the situation must concern everyone.

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Remembering Sant’Anna
di Stazzema

By Daniela Gross

Seventy years ago, on August 12th 1944, in Sant’Anna di Stazzema (an Italian village located in the northern part of Tuscany), 560 civilians, mostly women, children and elders, were killed by the Nazis.
In an operation intended to break all ties between the population and the Italian Resistance movement, the soldiers surrounded the village, locked up hundreds of people in barns and stables and systematically executed them. The youngest victim was only 20 days old.

To remember that atrocious crime against humanity 70 years later, a solemn ceremony commemorated the victims of that massacre at the presence of the Minister of Education, University and Research Stefania Giannini and of the president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities Renzo Gattegna.
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A New Chief Rabbi for Turin
By Ada Treves

The Jewish Community of Turin, in Piedmont, has a new Chief Rabbi, finally. It took more than a year to find the right candidate and to arrive to the final appointment, but it is now good to announce that Rabbi Ariel Di Porto - with his family, wife and two small children - will arrive in town before the end of the month, so to be “in full activity” in time for the Moadim.

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David, Living A Double Dream in Tel Aviv

By Simone Somekh*

It is no secret – Italians are passionate people.
Those from the ‘Boot’ are well known for their enthusiasm, and so is David Bedussa, 20, a Roman born Jew who travelled all the way to Tel Aviv, Israel, in order to fulfill his two main dreams: studying Torah and working in the field of technological innovation.

*Simone Somekh is a student at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and writes as a freelancer for the Jewish Italian press.
Shirly Piperno, fashion styling and communication student at Istituto Marangoni, London, contributed reporting.

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por Eliezer Di Martino*

“Escuta, ó Israel, HaShem é nosso D-us, HaShem é Um”. Estas palavras são a testemunha suprema da fé judaica, cada uma das palavras merece um estudo mas a palavra Shemá, Escuta, merece uma atenção especial.

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Double life
By Daniela Fubini*

My theory is simple: Israel is a drug. Once you start taking it, your judgment over reality and manners is twisted forever. When moving to Israel, it's best to embrace this new status soon, and the new life will become a chain of pleasant surprises, with some puzzling moments easily past with a shrug and a “lo nora” (it doesn’t matter)

*Daniela Fubini lives and writes in Tel Aviv, where she arrived in 2008 from Turin via New York. Follow her on Twitter, @d_fubini

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Special thanks to: Francesco Moises Bassano, Susanna Barki, Monica Bizzio, Angelica Edna Calò Livne, Eliezer Di Martino, Alain Elkann, Daniela Fubini, Benedetta Guetta, Sarah Kaminski, Daniel Leisawitz, Annette Leckart, Gadi Luzzatto Voghera, Yaakov Mascetti, Francesca Matalon, Giovanni Montenero, Elèna Mortara, Lisa Palmieri Billig, Shirley Piperno, Giandomenico Pozzi, Daniel Reichel, Adam Smulevich, Simone Somekh, Rossella Tercatin, Ada Treves

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