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Man-nature relationship, a time for awareness

On 18 September, the European Day of Jewish Culture on 18 September will see Ferrara as the leading city for Italy and the National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah-MEIS will play a central role in it. From September 15 to 18th, the museum will host the Jewish Book Festival, which in this 13th edition is going to feature a prestigious parterre of national and international guests is going to be featured, among which 2022 Pulitzer Prize winner Joshua Cohen and Israeli cartoonist Rutu Modan. In the meantime, the institution is working on a new exhibition.
Titled “Under the same sky” and curated by MEIS director Amedeo Spagnoletto and Sharon Reichel, it is dedicated to Sukkot, one the Jewish three holidays called “Shalosh regalim”, for which in ancient times pilgrimage to Jerusalem was prescribed and, according to Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the one most devoted both to a particular and universal message.
The exhibition will focus specifically on "the religious and traditional aspects, and the close connection between Nature and artistic expressions that this anniversary generates". Even today, MEIS recalls, families build their sukkah in the gardens of the synagogues or on the terraces of their houses: the typical hut with the roof covered with branches. It is a ritual that has been renewed for millennia and has an always current meaning. “Ideas such as precariousness, respect for nature and people are at the center of contemporary discourse. Dealing with religious content is never an easy task, but a museum that focuses its on Judaism cannot fail to do so", point out the curators.

Above, a Sukkah in the Rehavia neighborhood in Jerusalem - Matson Collection.

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“Ik vertel jullie over mijn Piazza,
de authentieke ziel van Rome”

Er zijn geen spectaculaire opnamen van bovenaf. Geen drones, geen speciale effecten. "Piazza', het nieuwste werk van Italiaanse regisseuse Karen Di Porto, begint waar de titel ons zonder omhaal van woorden belooft te brengen: op 'Piazza', het ‘plein’ om precies te zijn, dat in het Joodse jargon van Rome sinds enkele generaties de wijk van genegenheid en ontmoetingen is.
De Tempio Maggiore in Rome, die aan het begin van de 20e eeuw werd gebouwd, de Joodse school en de talrijke koosjere eetlocaties zijn kenmerkend voor de unieke topografie. Het is een van de levendigste plaatsen van de Italiaanse hoofdstad en heeft zich altijd kunnen verheffen boven het puinhopen van het verleden.
Beginnend bij de meer dan drie eeuwen waarin de kerk hier de Joden dwong binnen de grenzen van een getto dat hen van de christelijke samenleving moest scheiden, tot de nazi-fascistische vervolging die haar hoogtepunt beleefde in het dramatische aanbreken van 16 oktober 1943.
Dit is de eerste documentaire in de carrière van de jonge regisseuse, die in het verleden de Golden Globe voor beste speelfilmdebuut won met haar onafhankelijke film "Maria per Roma" (waarin ze ook de hoofdrol speelde).
Een nieuwe reis die begint op maandag 4 juli om 21.30 uur in de Nuovo Sacher Arena, de woonplaats van Nanni Moretti, die zo sterk in dit project geloofde dat hij er medeproducent van werd. "Ik voel een sterke verantwoordelijkheid, intenser dan bij andere projecten," legt Di Porto uit aan Pagine Ebraiche."Piazza is in feite de wijk waar ik van jongs af ben opgegroeid en waarvan ik de personages, de verhalen, de zeer bijzondere menselijkheid die deze wijk kenmerkt, heb leren waarderen. Ik ging niet op pad met een vooropgezet doel, geen 'ik wil zeggen, ik wil bewijzen...'. Ik liet mensen me meenemen waar ze heen wilden met hun herinneringen en hun oprechte gedachten. De verantwoordelijkheid die ik voel, vloeit juist voort uit het feit dat ik figuren die mij dierbaar zijn, die ik ken en met wie ik altijd een relatie heb gehad in een openbare context aan het licht wil brengen".

Op de foto's, een scène uit 'Piazza' en de filmposter en Karen Di Porto.

Vertaald door Maria Cianciuolo, studente aan de Hogere School voor Tolken en Vertalers van de Universiteit van Triëst, stagiaire bij het krantenbureau van de Unie van de Italiaanse Joodse Gemeenschappen - Pagine Ebraiche.

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Rome embraces the Afghan women’s cycling:
"A rescue operation in the spirit of Tikkun Olam"

Students, journalists, and activists are most at risk in Taliban Afghanistan. But female athletes are no less so as women and sports practitioners. Less than a year ago, an operation promoted by the International Cycling Union per the direction of Sylvan Adams - the philanthropist at the head of Israel Premier Tech, the first Israeli professional team recently protagonist at the Tour de France - had allowed the rescue of a few hundred Afghan citizens in danger for their lives.
However, not everyone could reach Europe on schedule, remaining stuck in Islamabad for nine months. A "bureaucratic" block that finally was overcome. After a long wait and an incredibly difficult journey, a group of 70 refugees, many of whom are female athletes and cyclists, landed last week in Rome and were subsequently transferred to the Italian Southern region of Abruzzo.
On arrival, they were greeted, among others, by Adams himself. "I am Jewish and guided by the ancient cultural imperative of 'Tikkun Olam': the Jewish concept of repairing the world. It is what guided us in Rwanda, where we adopted a women's team and plan to build a bike center. We hope to see Afghan athletes get a chance to thrive and emerge”.

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By Laura Mincer*
In an essay soon to be published, the Franco-Bulgarian art historian and scholar Neli Dobreva subjects the 9/11 memorials in New York to rigorous criticism (not without reason). A criticism also due to their, more or less evident, use of models of representation of the Shoah.Dobreva argues (not without reason) that this leads to anesthesia and abuse. Is it really so? Or should we not consider the fact that it is apparently impossible to describe catastrophes and traumas without a reference to what, in all parts of the world, is considered the epitome of evil, one of ours, so to speak, "victory "?
* Historian of Poland, University of Genoa

Italy's president:
Strong democracy crucial against fascism

By Frances D'Emilio*

Italy’s president, marking the 100th anniversary of one of the attacks that helped bring dictator Benito Mussolini to power, on Thursday encouraged Italians to reinvigorate their country’s democracy as a bulwark against fascism. President Sergio Mattarella was commemorating the trashing and torching by fascist thugs of a farm cooperative building in the northeastern city of Ravenna 100 years ago. The violent attack was one in a series launched by fascist supporters of the dictator, whose iron-rule would last into World War II.
Italy's fascist legacy faces increasingly closer scrutiny these days as the country holds an early parliamentary election on Sept 25. Opinion polls indicate the far-right Brothers of Italy, which has neo-fascist roots, would be the top vote-getter, with the party's leader, Giorgia Meloni, eager to become premier.
She has never disavowed her party's fascist roots but has distanced it from Mussolini's racial laws targeting Jews.

*This article was originally published on ABC News on July 28, 2022.

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