Traditions of Roman Jews: Life and Religion:
In the history of the Jewish people, the minhag (custom) has not been a factor of division and exclusivity but represented facets of a cohesive system which, over time, has helped Jews to adapt and survive. Roman Jews have always regarded their customs as a direct link to Eretz Israel. Over the centuries they developed rites and traditions through which they articulated independent religious and cultural models and transmitted them from generation to generation as emblematic traits of their identity.
Rome in the Talmud and in the Rabbinical Literature:
Rabbinic literature, the Talmud and the collections of Midrashim, offer among other texts, important instruments to shed light on the way in which the Jewish world represented Rome and its cultural models in the early centuries of the common era. What comes under our eyes is a contradictory and fascinating picture of the relationship between two civilizations that were deeply different at root and yet demonstrated, over time, mutual respect and consideration. This picture spans through centuries thanks to the presence of a Jewish community that flourished in the eternal city since the 2nd century before the birth of Jesus building institutions and academies that were in contact with those of Palestine and other centers of learning in the diaspora.
Readings from original sources will help understand a relationship between a dominant and a subaltern culture, shaped on one hand on mistrust and ambiguity and on the other on the awe for the majesty of the Empire and the fascination for Oriental cults.
Please join Centro Primo Levi and Rav Amedeo Spagnoletto from the Collegio Rabbinico Italiano for a presentation that will explore places of worship, the liturgy, the way to prepare and perform the Holy Days, which are distinguished by unique traditions, the life-cycle rituals such as circumcision, bar mitzwà and marriage and trace the origins of the most typical rituals of the Jewish community of Rome.
This event is free and open to the public!
For more information on the program: primolevicenter.org/events/traditions-of-roman-jews-life-and-religion/
For reservations, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org