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Rosh HaShanah ritorna al campo di concentramento italiano di Ferramonti Dove i prigionieri ebrei adoravano in una delle tre sinagoghe   La storia del campo di concentramento di Ferramonti è una storia di sopravvivenza ebraica grazie agli sforzi dei soldati italiani e dei poveri italiani che hanno lavorato insieme per salvare quasi 4.000 ebrei. Situato nel… Read more »

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Rosh HaShanah Returns to Italy’s Ferramonti Concentration Camp where Jewish prisoners worshipped in one of three synagogues The story of the Ferramonti Concentration Camp is a story of Jewish survival thanks to the efforts of Italian soldiers and  local Italian villagers who worked together to save nearly 4,000 Jews in the dark days of World War… Read more »

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THE HEBREW MONTH OF ELUL FACTS, TIPS and ACTIONS to for the Jewish New Year Preparation     On the secular calendar it’s early September while on the Hebrew calendar a new month has begun.  It’s the month of Elul, the only month that does not feature a holiday, a feast day, a fast day… Read more »

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The Month of Preparation On the secular calendar it’s nearly the end of August while on the Hebrew calendar a new month has begun. It’s the Hebrew month Elul, the only month that does not feature a holiday, a feast day, a fast day or a memorial. And that’s no coincidence. Our sages understood that… Read more »

political sermons

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Political Sermons Can Destroy the Spirituality of the High Holy Days   “Everybody’s got something to say about politics – at the office, school, in the dry clean and at the grocery store. You can’t get away from it.  Except on Shabbat, hich I now make at home. After more than two months of political sermons,… Read more »

kol nidre

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Yom  Kippur Begins with Kol Nidre (in English and Italian) “Kol Nidre,” These are  Aramaic words that begin a Jewish ritual that we Jews have done for 1,000 (one thousand) years.   Kol Nidre sono  le parole aramaiche con le quali comincia un ritulale ebraico che noi ebrei abbiamo fatto per  mille anni.   “Kol… Read more »

Sukkot

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Symbols of Sukkot The October Holiday That Binds Jews Together My daughter, Rosie called Purim, “Jewish Halloween,” and she called Sukkot, “Jewish camping.”  And building the sukkah, eating in it and sometimes even sleeping in it is really like that… a kind of camping.   The Torah asks us to remember and keep three holidays – Pesach,… Read more »

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The Symbols of Sukkot (Sept 23-30) How the Lulav and the Etrog Bind Jews Together When my daughter was a little girl she called Purim, “Jewish Halloween,” and  Sukkot, “Jewish camping.” Building the sukkah, eating in it and sometimes even sleeping in it is really like that… a spiritual camp out and a Jewish return… Read more »

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It’s back to school in Bella Italia with school bells ringing (literally) in Serrastretta, my tiny village in the mountains of Calabria. Children in many of our mountain communities will attend classes from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, six days a week, Saturdays included!  Although students are permitted one hour for “pranzo,” (lunch), that still amounts to… Read more »