Pagine Ebraiche International Edition March 4, 2019 / Adar I, 27 5779

Pagine Ebraiche International Edition March 4, 2019 / Adar I, 27 5779

 

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March 4, 2019 – Adar I, 27, 5779
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SPORTS

Israel Academy to Participate
in the Giro D’Italia 2019

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By Adam Smulevich

The cycling season is beginning and once again this year a special team is at the front line: the Israel Cycling Academy, the first Israeli professional team that many of our readers will remember from the last Giro d’Italia which started from Jerusalem.
The team presents a strong bond with Italy. In fact, three Italian athletes will compete under its colors: in addition to Kristian Sbaragli, confirmed after last year, there are Davide Cimolai and Riccardo Minali. As it happened in 2018, moreover, the Academy received a wild card to participate in the Giro d’Italia 2019.
The invitation is recognition of the work done by the Israel Academy, which came very close to winning one of the most significant alpine stages of the last edition. It also represents encouragement for the future. „The invitation to the Giro d’Italia has made us happy and proud. We did well in 2018, but we want to do even better,” commented team manager Kjell Carlstrom.

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NEWS

“MEIS, the Government Must Give Answers”

By Pagine Ebraiche staff

An official request to clarify the situation about the halt of the transfer of funds for the completion of the Museo dell’Ebraismo Italiano e della Shoah (Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah, known as MEIS) has been presented to the Minister of Cultural Heritage, Alberto Bonisoli.
The funds, 25 million euros, have already been part of the approved budget. The request was presented by 38 members of Parliament from the Democratic Party. The first signee was Senator Paola Boldrini from Ferrara, followed by Senator for life, Liliana Segre.

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CULTURE

Arpad Weisz, the Soccer World Will Not Forget

img headerBy Daniel Reichel*

“Arpad Weisz – se il razzismo entra in campo (Arpad Weisz – if racism gets on to the pitch)” is the name of the exhibition at the Shoah Memorial in Milan dedicated to Arpad Weisz, a Hungarian Jew and a football major figure in the 1930s, who was murdered along with his family by the Nazis at Auschwitz in 1944. It features the journey through the sports and family history of the football coach who took Inter and Bologna to great accomplishments, whose identity and life were torn from him during the persecution of Jews.
The exhibition was curated by the Jewish Museum of Bologna in partnership with the Minerva Publishing House. It is both a tribute to Weisz and proof that sport can help remember the past, as stated by Roberto Jarach, president of the Shoah Memorial, during the opening.
The representatives of the sports associations where Weisz covered a leading role were also there, among which Giuseppe Marotta, Inter’s CEO Sport.

*Translated by Sara Facelli, with the help of Claudia Azzalini, students at the Advanced School for Interpreters and Translators of Trieste University and interns at the newspaper office of the Union of the Italian Jewish Communities.

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BECHOL LASHON – ESPAÑOL

Responsabilidad

imgPor Michael Ascoli*

“¿Y yo qué puedo hacer?”. “Si la sociedad que me rodea está basada por un lado en lo falso y por el otro en la exageración, si los políticos no hacen más que mentir todo el tiempo y también en el trabajo hay muy poca transparencia, ¡yo solo no puedo cambiar las cosas!”. Por supuesto que no, nadie puede cambiar el mundo solo. Pero la autocompasión es ilícita. Si bien nada es perfecto, existen cosas mejores y peores. Si bien nada es intachable, existen manchas más grandes y manchas más pequeñas. El mandamiento “de palabra de mentira te alejarás” (Shemot, 23:7) implica una acción, el valor de alejarse, de tomar distancia. No, mentir no es suficiente. Aquellos comentadores que cuentan este precepto como uno de los 613 preceptos (hay quienes en cambio lo identifican con otros), lo colocan entre los preceptos positivos.

*Traducido por Arianna Mercuriali, estudiante de la Escuela Superior para Intérpretes y Traductores de la Universidad de Trieste, de prácticas en la oficina del periódico de la Unión de las Comunidades Judías Italianas.

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PILPUL

Extremely Close,
Incredibly Far

imgBy Yaakov Mascetti*

The inauguration of the altar ends a seven-day-long process through which Moses sanctifies his brother Aaron and his sons for their sacrificial work in the Tabernacle. As a completion of this process, the eighth day concludes a series of complex preparations for the building of a framework, both architectural and orthopractical, in which the People of Israel will be able to “serve” their God, a service which comes to signify, as the Hebrew root “k-r-v” clearly indicates, a sense of proximity to God. This proximity is established, so to speak, by and through the sacrifices offered within the Tabernacle. Both the act of sacrificial offering and its object (the animal itself), point to the establishment, through the act and the animal receiving the act, of an intermediary, a means for the establishment of a state of proximity or even communion between man and God, within a framework of sanctity. It is at the end of this process that the Torah narrates a tragic moment, in which two Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, die.

*Yaakov Mascetti holds a Ph.D. and teaches at the Department of Comparative Literature, Bar Ilan University.

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ITALICS

The Last Jewish Nonna in Pitigliano

img headerBy Elisa Scarton*

Pitigliano’s last Jewish nonna is a survivor, an advocate, a local celebrity and pretty much exactly what you’d imagine an Italian grandmother to be like.
It’s wet and windy Thursday morning when I finally manage to get a hold of Elena Servi. She is endearingly sweet as I apologize for my less than perfect Italian. “If only I spoke English as well,” she says, and I immediately wish she were my grandmother, even though I have a perfectly nice Italian grandmother of my own back home.
Elena is sometimes called Pitigliano’s last Jewish nonna or bubbe, and she’s a celebrity. Her latest televised appearance was alongside Jamie Oliver in Jamie Cooks Italy. In the episode, she is full of compliments as Jamie serves up his interpretation of her artichokes in tomato sauce. Her tiny frame is wrapped up in a thick wool coat, but her short grey hair is perfectly coiffed and her face is filled with warmth. She tells Jamie he’s a very good cook and he gushes. Elena just has that effect on people. But when I ask her about the British chef, she’s far from starstruck. I have a sneaking suspicion she doesn’t really remember him and, besides, she’s much more interested in telling me about all the locals who share my husband’s surname.

*The article was published in The Florentine on March 1, 2019.Read more

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