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November 17th, 2014 - Cheshwan 22nd, 5775

A Century Ago.
And Today
by Guido Vitale*

A fascinating exhibition that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, organized by the State Archive in Trieste, presents many extraordinary documents that provide a deeper insight into the Europe of that time.
A circular dated 20 October, 1914, sent by the government authorities in Vienna to all schools in Trieste, which at the time was the main port city of the Habsburg Empire, recommends that all teachers should strive to show "what a solemn objective and what special cultural value there is in knowing the institutions and languages of foreign nations, and to persuade young people that such studies are their patriotic duty."
As Europe struggles even today to live up to these ideals of tolerance, civility and diversity, which were defeated at that time, it is important to remember that these are the only values under which Jewish communities can prosper and provide their best contribution to the society around them.
We hope that the many lessons that can be discerned from the experience of Trieste, which has learned to bridge many cultural and political fault lines, will help us to achieve these ideals.

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

“Magia” is the right Italian word to describe the Venice Ghetto. A fascinating “magia” (“magic”) spreads through its narrow streets, along its tall buildings surrounded by water, and in the magnificent interiors of its synagogues. The Venice Ghetto, the first to be instituted in Europe as a forced place of residence for Jews, is about to have its 500th anniversary. To commemorate the event, a group of philanthropists led by the designer Diane von Furstenberg and the real estate investor Joseph Sitt have announced a $12 million restoration project for the Jewish Museum and the synagogues.
In a statement issued by the Venetian Heritage Council, Ms. von Furstenberg said: “As much as this renovation is about preserving the past and the rich history of the Venetian and Jewish communities, today it is also about the future. All of us are responsible for making sure that future generations – 500 years from today – have access to these stories of human culture and progress.” This sense of responsibility towards the new generations is admirable, and not by chance the attention of the philanthropists was caught by this portion of the Italian Jewish patrimony, so immense and precious.
The project is funded by the Venetian Heritage Council and overseen by Renata Codello, the head of the Venice office of the Italian Culture Ministry under the Unesco program for the city. The renovations have yet to begin, but the program will be completed by 2016, the 500th anniversary of the ghetto’s establishment.
Katja and a Great Jewish Novel
The First Translation
Is "Made in Italy"

By Daniela Gross

The competition was tough, but it was the Italian publisher Adelphi that won first position. “Maybe Esther” - the literary debut of Katja Petrowaskaja, by many critics considered a masterpiece – was in fact published a couple of weeks ago in Italian, beating, in time, the French and American publishers who also obtained the rights to the book.
So, the Italian public, second only to the Germans reading in the original language, have now the great opportunity of being the first to approach, this autobiographical deeply tragic novel, in which Katja Petrowskaja tells the history of her multi-branched family, spread across many countries.

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Giorgio Bassani. Each Book,
a New Life

By Sabina Muccigrosso*
“In life, if one wants seriously to understand how the world works, he must die at least once” (Garden of the Finzi-Continis, 1962). And die more than once was what Giorgio Bassani did, if you consider each book a new life. Born in Bologna in 1916, Bassani became best known for his short stories and novels, especially those set in the town in which he spent his childhood, Ferrara. Bassani was an Antifascist whose politics shine through in much of his writing. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1962), winner of the prestigious Premio Viareggio literary prize, is his most well-known novel: a semi-autobiographical work that tells the story of two Jewish families, middle-class and upper-class, during the Fascist period.

*Sabina Muccigrosso is a student at Muhlenberg College (Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA).
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Manuel Moscati, Ready to Take Over X Factor Albania
By Simone Somekh*
Since May, Manuel Moscati updates his Facebook page in two different languages ― Italian and Albanian.
“I’m following an online course to learn Albanian,” he said.
Manuel Moscati, 29, from Rome, felt the urge to learn Albanian as soon as he was announced to be one of the contestants on the local edition of the worldwide talent show “X Factor”. Manuel began to attend a singing school at 16 years old, following his older brother’s footsteps. At 24 he joined and won many local singing contests and met his first producer. Then, a slow, intense road to success began; in 2012 the singer made it to the final round of the famous Italian pop song Festival of Sanremo, in the “Sanremo Social” category. Manuel is currently promoting his new single “L’Altra Parte di Me” (The Other Side of Me).

*Simone Somekh is a student at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and works as a freelance writer.
Shirly Piperno, fashion styling and communication student at Istituto Marangoni, London, contributed reporting.

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Francesco Moises Bassano

Cuando los aragoneses conquistaron la parte norte de la isla de Cerdeña en 1323, se constituí a su paso una nueva presencia judía en la isla, que había contribuido a la financiación de esta conquista. Especialmente en Alguer – una puerto del noroeste que aún es una enclave lingüística catalana- se desarrolló una importante comunidad judía, sólo segunda a Cagliari, formada por familias provenientes principalmente de Mallorca, Cataluña y Provenza.

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The End and the Beginning

By Roberto Della Rocca*

The annual reunion of the last word of the Torah, "Israel," with the first word, "Bereshit" ("In the beginning"), constantly reminds us that our work is never finished and that living is a continuous renewal.

*Roberto Della Rocca is a rabbi and the Director of the Education Department at the Union of Italian Jewish Communities.
This article was translated from the Italian by Sabina Muccigrosso and Jazmine Pignatello, students at Muhlenberg College (Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA).

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