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October 6th, 2014 - Tishrei 12h, 5775

The Messages
of the Rabbis
by Guido Vitale*

Yom Kippur is an important opportunity for Jews in Italy and all over the world to listen to and to evaluate what their rabbis really have to say.

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

“How many people are reunited here tonight … It’s so beautiful, so surprising”. To speak so was a gentleman with a fascinating white and huge hat, in a little synagogue in the South of the United States in the evening of Yom Kippur. It was a sort of déjà vu, because it suddenly reminded me that the same comment resonates every year in every Italian synagogue, big or small. It may sound weird, but regularly Yom Kippur brings - with all its sea of thoughts, repentance, and good intentions - also a paradoxical “sorpresa” (as in Italian sounds “surprise”). It is surprising how crowded is your synagogue, especially during the Neila, at the time of the solemn blessing that in Italy reunites whole families – men, women, kids, elderly - under the Talleth of the head of the family.  You may see people that you never saw at any Tefillah during the year, you may discover kinships and ties never suspected before, and you appreciate how many babies were born in the last year. It is the appeal of the Day of the Atonement, so deep, irresistible and sometimes surprising for every Jew, even the most secular and far from the tradition.
Rome, the Shoah Museum
Goes Back to the Villa 

By Daniela Gross

“We are facing a decision that has a profound ethical value towards the last survivors of the extermination camps and we have to decide even considering the emotion for the Mario Limentani’s death, the tears of Sami Modiano and the touching words of Piero Terracina (among the testimonies of the Shoah in Italy ndr). But as Municipality we must decide also taking into account the legal constraints, and then must observe the initiated procedure opening the envelopes of the European call to build the Museum, as also pointed out by the chairman emeritus of the Constitutional Court Maria Flick.”

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Milan, Capital of Jewish Welfare
By Rossella Tercatin

Jewish leaders from all over Europe are expected to gather in Milan for the fifth Meeting of Presidents of Jewish Organizations, which will take place from November 21st to November 23rd. The event organized by the European Council of Jewish Communities (ECJC) together with the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) as well as the collaboration of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities with the Jewish Community of Milan, will focus on sharing experiences and the best methods in fields such as Jewish education, welfare, and the fight against anti-Semitism.”
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For Italian Students,
a Special Opportunity

For the second consecutive year, the Union of Italian Jewish Communities announced that students interested in applying to Israeli universities will be able to take the standardized admission tests in Italian.
The Psychometric Entrance Test – an equivalent of the American SATs – is a tool for predicting academic performance and is required by all major Israeli universities to screen applicants to various departments. Along with Hebrew, English, Russian, French, and Spanish, since 2013 the exam can be taken in Italian, as well, thanks to a project promoted by the Union of Italian Jewish Communities. Students willing to study in Israel will be able to take the test on February 17th, 2015, in three different locations: Rome, Milan and Israel
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Marc Chagall, When Color
is Everything

By Ada Treves

Two events organized during the international Jewish festival in Milan, Jewish and the City, have introduced it and now, a short time after the official opening, it is clear that “Marc Chagall, a Retrospective 1908 - 1985” is an amazing exhibition. It will be open until the first of February 2015 at Palazzo Reale, and it brings together more than two hundreds works of the Belarusian-born French artist, coming from internationally renowned museums such as the MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the National Gallery in Washington DC, the of Russian National Museum in St. Petersburg, the Pompidou in Paris and from more than fifty collections around the world.
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Sarah Kaminski, University of Turin

רומן נהדר על חייה של מלקטת שקדים מכפר קטן בסיציליה, רוזליה אינצרילו, שבנערותה, בגיל שלוש עשרה נמסרה ע"י משפחתה הענייה לידי האדונים  אלפהליפה (Alfallipe) ושרתה אותם בנאמנות במשך שלושים שנה. תחילה עבדה כמלקטת שקדים במטעים שמעבר לחומת האבן של בית החווה הגדול ועם חלוף השנים הפכה בתבונתה הרבה למנהלת משק הבית בעוד האלמנה ובניה חייהם בנינוחות את השפע והדקדנטיות של סיצילה הלכאורע מודרנית..


Kol Nidrei - Freeing the Individual to Change His Mind

By Yaacov Mascetti*

What is the point of staging a public ceremony at the very beginning of the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, by virtue of which all obligations, all "nedarim," namely all those verbally established behavioral frameworks which the individual decides to fashion regardless of the existing orthopraxis, are annulled and considered as inexistent?

*Ph.D., Department of Comparative Literature, Bar Ilan University.

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