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History Comes Alive

New CD features centuries-old liturgical tradition of Jews in Italy.

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/arts/article/history_comes_alive_20020830

Italian scholar Francesco Spagnolo is keenly aware of the long-standing Jewish presence in Italy. "Never before the creation of the State of Israel did Jews of so many varied origins live together, and in such a stimulating, if at times threatening, environment as in the land they called in Hebrew 'I-Tal-Yah,'" he says. "I-Tal-Yah" -- Island of Divine Dew in Hebrew -- means Italy in Italian, a land where Jews have lived for more than 2,000 years and which has seen layer after layer of immigration from all over the Jewish Diaspora.

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