🇮🇹 Casa Bianca, il “family affair” che spaventa gli addetti alla sicurezza 🇮🇹

🇮🇹 Casa Bianca, il “family affair” che spaventa gli addetti alla sicurezza 🇮🇹

NEW YORK—I primi di aprile, un’addetta dell’ufficio della sicurezza del personale della Casa Bianca ha confermato voci di corridoio che circolavano da tempo: alcuni alti funzionari dell’amministrazione Trump avrebbero «scavalcato» le regolari procedure di sicurezza per concedere ad almeno 25 dipendenti della Casa Bianca i security clearance, ovvero i nulla osta che permettono ai lavoratori di accedere a informazioni riservate. Uno dei venticinque pare essere Jared Kushner, senior adviser nonché genero del presidente degli Stati Uniti Donald Trump. Leggi l’articolo qui.

🇮🇹 Stati Uniti e Israele, le sfide della conferenza annuale di AIPAC 🇮🇹

🇮🇹 Stati Uniti e Israele, le sfide della conferenza annuale di AIPAC 🇮🇹

NEW YORK—Non è cominciata nel migliore dei modi l’edizione 2019 della conferenza annuale di AIPAC, la più importante lobby pro-Israele degli Stati Uniti, che quest’anno ha raccolto ben 18mila partecipanti a Washington.

Prima, con il tweet poco fortunato della deputata del Minnesota Ilhan Omar. «It’s all about the Benjamins baby», è tutta una questione di soldi, ha scritto a febbraio Omar riferendosi al supporto americano per Israele. È un mantra pericoloso, che secondo molti odora di stereotipo antisemita. Alla domanda di una giornalista del Forward a quali soldi si riferisse, Omar ha prontamente risposto: «AIPAC!», sollevando un gran polverone per aver sostenuto che l’organizzazione pro-Israele «compri» il sostegno dei politici americani. (Photo: Michael Gross/ Public Domain). Continua a leggere…

Illuminating the Book of Esther

Illuminating the Book of Esther

For decades, scholars have written pages and pages attempting to solve the enigma of the so-called “Birds’ Head Haggadah,” an illustrated manuscript of the Passover Haggadah probably created in Germany in the early 14th century. Scholars have described the work as the earliest-known illuminated version of a Haggadah; its remaining 47 folios are preserved in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The mystery so many academics have been fascinated by lies in the way the characters are depicted around the text—with human bodies and sharp-beaked, bird-like heads.

A professor of Jewish studies at Vassar College in upstate New York, Marc Michael Epstein has introduced a series of provocative theories to the long-running academic conversation about this Haggadah. Now, after questioning the existing theories, claiming that those illustrated creatures are in fact griffins, and even challenging the academic community to rename the manuscript, he’s taking his research one step further. He’s creating a new illuminated manuscript, in the style of the Haggadah—but this time, it’ll be a Megillah.

Mutiny In Milan: Meet Italy’s First Orthodox Woman Rabbi-To-Be

Mutiny In Milan: Meet Italy’s First Orthodox Woman Rabbi-To-Be

Miriam Camerini is the first Italian woman to enroll in an Orthodox rabbinical studies program in Israel.

She revealed it earlier this winter in an article she wrote for JOI (Jewish, Open & Inclusive) Magazine, an independent Jewish publication. The comments ensued: But, contrary to expectations, they were overwhelmingly positive. On social media, fellow Jewish Italian women congratulated Camerini. Someone wrote: “It reminds me of a beautiful movie with Barbra Streisand…”, referring to Yentl, the fictional character of a short story written by Isaac Bashevis Singer who pretended to be a man so that she could study in a yeshiva.

Unlike Yentl, Camerini won’t have to cut her hair short or wear a yarmulke.

A Walk Through Bukharian Queens — Just Don’t Call It ‘Russian’

A Walk Through Bukharian Queens — Just Don’t Call It ‘Russian’

The most common misconception about Bukharian Jews?

Manashe Khaimov hesitates for a few seconds, then answers: “That we are Russian Jews. The only thing we share with Russian Jews,” he continues, “are the 70 years we lived under the Soviet Union. For 2,000 years, we had a different history, a different culture.”

A community little-known even to other Jews, Bukharian Jewry claims two millennia of history in Central Asia, namely in today’s Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, most of them migrated to Israel and the United States. Khaimov estimates that, today, some 70,000 Bukharians live in Queens, New York.