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October 27th, 2014 - Cheshwan 3rd, 5775

Waiting for Chagall
by Guido Vitale*

Thousands of people wait every day in a long line to have the possibility of visiting the largest exhibition ever dedicated to Marc Chagall. It takes place in the Palazzo Reale of Milan, and listening to the comments of those who stand in the long line, it is easy to measure their search to encounter Jewish identity.

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

In Italian the word for wedding is “matrimonio”, from the Latin “matrimonium”. In the Jewish world, to get married is always a complicated and delicate issue, but the complications of a Jewish wedding in Italy are even worse. Since the Italian Jewish world is not so big, a Jewish wedding is quite rare and always brings a great joy to all the community, along with many obstacles. The tradition is orthodox, but the habits may be diverse among the communities, also according to the prescriptions of the local rabbi. For instance, who has to accompany the bride to the chuppah?

It is up to the father or a brother, as in many communities, or the mother with two friends, as others use? And what about the music inside the synagogue? And what exactly must be done with the food? A Jewish wedding implies kosher food, but it is not so easy to set up a kosher banquet in Italy (I’m not referring here to Rome or Milan, those are big communities marvelously organized also in this aspect).

Yes, on some days a Jewish marriage looks like a nightmare, but all those headaches vanish when you get into the synagogue, and see your spouse waiting under the chuppah. Then it is only time for joy, especially if you have the privilege of getting married in a magnificent baroque synagogue as it happened last week to Micol and Tomer, about whom you can read further in this issue.

Italian Supreme Court Does Justice to War Crimes Victims
By Rossella Tercatin

Last week, the Italian Supreme Court declared a law that ruled that states are immune from civil law suits for war crimes and crimes against humanity unconstitutional. The law was promulgated in 2013 so as to implement a 2012 decision by the International Court of Justice in the Hague, which stated that Italian courts did not have jurisdiction over the crimes Germany committed in Italy during the Second World War.
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Bridal Veil in Carmagnola. A Synagogue Comes Back to Life
By Daniela Gross

Jewish Italy conceals many amazing treasures, often forgotten or ignored even by the Italian Jews themselves. The shrinking of the community, after the World War II, has also meant that during the years many synagogues and historic buildings were closed, since there were no more people to attend them. In fact now, some communities no longer exist or, in the best cases, are composed of only a few members, not enough for those architectural imposing sites.
However, sometimes miracles do happen, as in Carmagnola, a little city in the province of Turin. Its synagogue – which is considered by some experts to be among the most beautiful in the world - last week extraordinarily opened its doors again for a wedding.

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‘Berlin Alyiah’: Fact or Myth?

By Simone Somekh*

In the past few weeks, several newspapers around the world reported an inquiry originally published in the Israeli business magazine “The Marker” (a supplement of “Haaretz”). The inquiry claimed that many Israelis are emigrating, and that one of the favorite destinations is Germany’s capital Berlin. The reasons of this supposedly massive emigration to Berlin are both ideological and economic.
The ‘Berlin Alyiah’ phenomenon – as it was named – revolved around the “Olim LeBerlin” Facebook page (20,000 likes), administrated by Israeli Naor Narkis. Pictures posted on the page compared food prices in Israeli and a German supermarkets, claiming that life in Israel is more expensive than in Germany, and that the tenor of life in Israel is severely affected by the threat of terror attacks.
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The Ark of Taste Docks in Turin
By Ada Treves

The tenth edition of Salone del Gusto-Terra Madre, the five days event that transforms Turin in the capital of the food world will close today. With the Expo 2015 only six months away, in the year that the United Nations declared “International Year of Family Farming”, Slow Food, Regione Piemonte and the City of Turin - the organizers of the event - decided to devote it to the Ark of Taste and to Family Farming, and they can already declare it to have been a huge success.
The 80 thousand square meters of the Salone del Gusto have been literally invaded by a huge quantity of people and a thousand two hundreds exhibitors coming from a hundred different countries have given life not only to five days when it was possible to taste all sort of different products, but also to spaces full of events, lessons, lectures, food stalls and where fantastic perfumes fill the air.

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Pousse ton cri

Francesca Matalon

“Aujourd'hui, les cris qui font plus de bruit ce sont des cris élevés. Des cris animaux, stupides, des cris violents, discriminants. T'en a pas marre d'être silencieux? T'a pas envie de montrer qu'on n'a pas peur?”. C'est avec ces mots qui commence la vidéo de “Pousse ton cri”, la première campagne de lutte contre les discours de haine lancée par l'Union des Étudiants Juifs de France (UEJF), SOS Racisme, le Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l'amitié entre les peuples (MRAP) et la Ligue Internationale contre le Racisme et l’Antisémitisme (Licra), avec le soutien de Google.

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Relating the Holocaust
to the New Generation
By David Bidussa*

How can I relate the Holocaust to future generations?
This is a question that many people ask themselves. I will try to respond by asking another question: considering the continuous evolution of didactic strategies, how can we best propose a course of historical reflection that has the capacity to communicate the allure of research, of the dissection and reassembly of documents (be they visual, aural, written, electronic, digital, etc.)?

*David Bidussa is an historian of social ideas.
The article was translated by Sabina Muccigrosso and Jazmine Pignatello, students at the Muhlenberg College (Chew St. Allentown, Pennsylvania USA).

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