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September 1st, 2014 - Elul 5th, 5774

In Venice with Amos GitaI
by Guido Vitale*

With the premiere of Tsili, Amos Gitai's latest film, tomorrow at the Venice Biennale Film Festival Israeli cinema will be back in the spotlight. The end of the Summer marks many new beginnings, from the arrival of Elul and Rosh HaShana to the cultural season and its Festivals. This new period, which promises to be fraught with difficulties and dangers, may serve to remind us that there can be no Israel without remembrance, that there can be no Israel without wounds, and that there can be no Israel without art and culture.

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

Maybe after World Cup fever, even if you don't like sports, you have learned the word “calcio”. In Italy "Calcio” (to be pronounced with a sweet second “c”) is more than a national passion. Everybody knows this because it is one of the strongest stereotypes that exists about Italians; but it is a true stereotype. Not to know about the championship, the teams, the soccer stars or their wives or girlfriends is a kind of social sin or, at least a decisive lack of sociability in a country where everyone considers himself to be an all knowing and super expert soccer coach. At first sight it could seem odd to speak about  “calcio” in these pages . But you are going to change your mind when you read the interview with rav Vittorio Della Rocca in this issue. He talks about his bond with the Roma soccer team (and every Italian has his or her favorite team, literally we talk of the “team of your heart”) but he also remembers a tragic period in the history of Italian Jews. His words remind us of that even during the hardest of times in their history  young Italian Jews always tried to play their favorite sports. Therefore even in times when they were discriminated against and excluded they always tried go on play with their own teams and structures. Not only did this happen in Italy but in many other countries as well. It is a powerful demonstration of an unstoppable willingness to live; not only to survive.

Fall, a Season for Literature

By Ada Treves

At the end of the Summer, in Italy many are the culture festivals that take place everywhere and year after year the presence of Jewish culture and of Israeli authors is growing in their programmes. From the Festivaletteratura in Mantua to Pordenonelegge and Torinospiritualità, September is truly a month for books and literature. And Pagine Ebraiche and its journalists are there with a constantly growing integration with the organization committees.es. The distribution of the newspaper is one of the first steps, and thousands of people get in contact with the only national monthly of Italian Jewry, reading “Lingue e linguaggi”, the special pages that every year Pagine Ebraiche devotes to the culture festivals. In those places where people interested in culture and the arts spontaneously converge, the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities is present with its newspaper, constantly widening the number of those who are interested in the culture and the traditions of one of the Jewish minority.
One of the most famous, Festivaletteratura, takes place in Mantua at the end of the first week of September.
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The UCEI President Congratulates Mogherini
“I would like to congratulate Minister Federica Mogherini on her prestigious appointment within the European Union” reads a statement issued by the president of the Italian Union of Jewish Communities, Renzo Gattegna, after  Ms. Mogherini was appointed High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
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Another Roma-Fiorentina,

68 Years Ago
By Adam Smulevich

A match not like any other. For Rabbi Vittorio Della Rocca, known in the Jewish Community  as “il Morè” (the teacher), Roma-Fiorentina, the opening match of the Series A soccer season 2014-2015, was much more than a challenge between two teams disputing the top place in the Italian soccer league. Back in 1946, the then 13 year old Vittorio received an unexpected gift for his Bar Mitzvah: a ticket to attend the match of his beloved team A.S Roma in Florence.
This gift meant many things: it was the first time he ever attended an away game of the “giallorossi”, but more than anything, it was a rare occasion of joy in a childhood filled with persecution, the Shoah and the loss, among others, of his father and other family members.

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A Census That the Summer
Did Not Stop

By Daniela Gross

Every year the month of August, otherwise synonymous with vacation time and fun, recalls the sad event that saw the beginning of the racial persecutions of Italian Jewry. In those days, in 1938, the Fascist dictatorship imposed a mandatory census on Italian Jews . For that purpose alone all the necessary bureaucrats – prefects, municipal employees, members of the Fascist party, and police officers were called back to service. As the historian Mario Avagliano wrote some days ago on Pagine Ebraiche, since the beginning the whole operation had a character of absolute urgency and secrecy (the telegrams exchanged between the officials replaced the word Jew with the code number 24535).

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A livre sociedade

por Eliezer Di Martino*

O contributo do Tanakh ao pensamento politico é fundamental, mas não é muito conhecido. Com relação à parachá quero analisar a instituição da monarquia e o que é que nos diz sobre a natureza do sistema governamental assim como a Torá o entende.

*O rabino Eliezer di Martino é o rabino-chefe de Trieste

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Letters From the Crisis
By Angelica Edna Calò Livne*

Yesterday (few days ago), we got an email from coordinator of a project with Jordanian and Palestinian groups. She asked each of us to send her a few lines about our assessment of the current situation in regard to our project: Partnership of Regional Leadership

*Angelica Edna Calò Livne is one the founders of Beresheet Lashalom Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to the creation and perseverance of dialogue between children across diverse groups.

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