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Many, including Chabad, prefer “Calabria etrogim,” grown on the southern Italian coast in the region of Calabria. Why are these etrogim so prized?
A Symposium at Chabad of Oxford
500 years after the Venice Ghetto was first established, scholars explore the intellectual, legal, and cultural history and legacy of the Jews of Venice and Italy.
A view from the manuscripts
The fascinating world of medieval Hebrew manuscripts and what they tell us about intellectual life and culture in Italy and beyond.
Western civilization shares the values and worldview of ancient Rome.
Western civilization shares the values and worldview of ancient Rome.
1402
On the 12th of Iyar, 1402, the Jews of Rome were granted "privileges" by Pope Boniface IX. They were given legal right to observe their Shabbat, protection from local oppressive officials, their taxes were reduced and orders were given to treat Jews as fu...
1516
On the 7th of Iyar, 1516, the Venetian City Council decreed that all Jews be segregated to a specific area of the city. Venice's ghetto was surrounded by water, with a canal leading to its gates. At night the "Christian guards" patrolled the waters around...
1430
The church and the government of Rome set Wednesday, March 6, 1430, as the day when all the Jews of Rome must convert or face death. On that day a great earthquake shook Rome and many of the archbishops and priests who conceived the decree were killed. Fo...
1637
The Jews of Venice, Italy, were forbidden to practice law or to act as advocates in the Courts of Venice on the 20th of Iyar of 1637.
Historic high tides overwhelm the City of Canals
In the face of the worst flooding in Venice since the mid-1960s—causing two deaths and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage—the city’s longtime Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries struggled to save their own facility while reaching out to do what they could ...
1553
By order of the Pope, the Talmud was burned in Venice on the 13th and 14th of MarCheshvan, 1553 (Minchah Belulah, Deuteronomy 33:2). The reason given was that the Talmud contained statements heretical to the Christian faith. Venice boasted many famous Heb...
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