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Jews of Italy


  1. Overview
    1. Overview- Jews of Italy
  2. Primary sources and presentations
    1. Samuel Aboab, Sefer Zikhronot,Bernard Cooperman, University of Maryland, USA.
    2. Taverns and Public Drinking in Florence, Stefanie Siegmund, University of Michigan, USA.
    3. The City as a Place of Regulation, Border and Exclusion- Case of Livorno, Bernard Cooperman, University of Maryland, USA.
    4. Family Ties & Political Structure in Pisa and Livorno, Bernard Cooperman, University of Maryland, USA.
    5. Juveniles in Early Modern Jewish-Italian communities- Between Family Control and Kabbalistic Piety, Roni Weinstein, University of Pisa, Italy.
    6. The Documentation of Accidental Defloration among the Jews of Early Modern Italy, David Malkiel, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
    7. A Challenge to Sexual and Marital Propriety and Communal Reaction, Kenneth Stow, Haifa University, Israel.
    8. Roth, C. “The Memoirs of a Siennese Jew (1625-1633).” Hebrew Union College Annual V (1928)- 353-402.
    9. “Leone Da Modena, the Virtuoso of Letter-Writing.” In Letters of Jews through the Ages – From Biblical Times to the Middle of the Eighteenth Century, edited by Franz Kobler, 401-427. New York, N.Y.- East and West Library, 1978.
    10. “Sumptuary and Other Police Laws- Forli, Italy, May 18, 1418.” In The Jew in the Medieval World- A Source Book, 315-1791, edited by Jacob Rader Saperstein, Marc Marcus, 220. Cincinnati- Hebrew Union College Press, 1999.
    11. “Takkanot of Italy.” In Jewish Self-Government in the Middle Ages, edited by Louis Finkelstein, 288-295, 297, 299-300, 304-306, 308-309, 312-314, 315. Westport- Conn., Greenwood Press, 1972.
    12. Boccato, Carla. “The Testament of Jacob Cohen Ascanasi- The Family and Commerical Enterprise in the Venetian Ghetto at the End of the Sixteenth Century.” Mediterranean Historical Review 8, no. 1 (1993)- 120-124.
  3. Secondary sources
    1. Adelman, Howard Tzvi. “Law and Love- The Jewish Family in Early Modern Italy.” Continuity and Change 16, no. 2 (2001)- 283-303.
    2. Beecher, Donald. “Leone De’ Sommi and Jewish Theatre in Renaissance Mantua.” Renaissance and Reformation 17, no. 2 (1993)- 5-19.
    3. Bonfil, Robert. “Change in the Cultural Patterns of a Jewish Society in Crisis- Italian Jewry at the Close of the Sixteenth Century.” Jewish History 3, no. 2 (1988)- 11-30.
    4. Carpi, Daniel. “The Activity of The “Italian Congregation” Of Venice on Behalf of the Jewish Communities of Eretz Israel During the Years 1576-1733.” Henoch 21, no. 3 (1999)- 331-360.
    5. Cooperman, Bernard Dov. “Ethnicity and Institution Building among Jews in Early Modern Rome.” AJS Review 30, no. 1 (2006)- 119-145.
    6. Feci, Simona. “The Death of a Miller- A Trial “Contra Hebreos” In Baroque Rome.” Jewish History 7, no. 2 (1993)- 9-27.
    7. Horowitz, Elliot. “Families and Their Fortunes- The Jews of Early Modern Italy.” In Cultures of the Jews, edited by David Biale, 573-636- Schocken, 2002.
    8. Malkiel, David. “The Ghetto Republic,” in Davis and Ravid, The Jews of Early Modern Venice, 117-142, 273-276.
    9. Ravid, Benjamin. “From Geographical Realia to Historical Symbol- The Odyssey of the Word “Ghetto”.” In Essential Papers on Jewish Culture in Renaissance and Baroque Italy, edited by David B. Ruderman. New York- New York University Press, 1992.
    10. Ravid, Benjamin. “The Prohibition against Jewish Printing and Publishing in Venice and the Difficulties of Leone Modena.” In Studies in Medieval Jewish History and Literature, edited by Isadore Twersky. Cambridge- Harvard University Press, 1979.
    11. Ruderman, David B. “At the Intersection of Cultures- The Historical Legacy of Italian Jewry.” In Gardens and Ghettos- The Art of Jewish Life in Italy, edited by Vivian Mann, 1-23. Berkeley and Los Angeles- University of California Press, 1989.
    12. Ruderman, David B. and Giuseppe Veltri. “The Cultural Significance of the Ghetto in Jewish History.” In From Ghetto to Emancipation- Historical and Contemporary Reconsiderations of the Jewish Community, edited by Myers David N. and William V. Rowe. Scranton, PA- University of Scranton Press, 1997.
    13. Ruderman, David B. “Contemporary Science and Jewish Law in the Eyes of Isaac Lampronti of Ferrara and Some of His Contemporaries.” In The Frank Talmage Memorial Volume, edited by Barry Walfish, 211-224. Haifa- Haifa University Press, 1992.
    14. Tirosh-Samuelson, Hava. “Jewish Culture in Renaissance Italy- A Methodological Survey.” Italia 9, no. 1-2 (1990)- 63-96.
  4. Images
    1. Bible. Prophets, Book of Jonah transliterated into Judeo-Italian (Tuscan dialect), Italy, (16–) MS L667, Fol. 362r.
    2. Edict Ordering the Confiscation and Burning of the Talmud, Venice, 1553.
    3. Mahzor (Roman rite), Soncino/Casal Maggiore- Benei Soncino, 1485/6, Heb-73, Vol. 2, fol. 117v-118r.
    4. Almanac, Italy, 1496, Heb-3.
    5. Birkat ha-Mazon, Venice, 1603, RB145-3, Title page.
    6. Elegy by David Finzi in honor of Moses Zacuto, Mantua, 1697, B (NS)PP565.
    7. Elegy by Shimon Hizkiyahu Lustro for Simon Hezekiah Lustro, Padua, 1699, B (NS)PP299.
    8. Elegy, Moise Levi Muia and Leon Levi Muia (?), Venice, 1706, RB448-33, Title page.
    9. Elegy, Shimshon ben Yaakov Hacohen Modon for Yehudah Briel, Venice, 1722, RB141-10, Title page.
    10. Medaber Yehudah, Leone Modena, Venice, 1602, RB 118-23, Title page.

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  1. Ann Feldman says:

    I would like to please connect to Carla Boccato to ask her questions about her research on Sarra Copia Sulam. Can you please give her my email address or send hers to me? Thank you,
    Ann Feldman, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar, Gender Studies, Northwestern University
    Founder and Director, nonprofit Artistic Circles