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Umberto Cassuto,

Editor of "La Rivista Israelitica," Florence, Italy.

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OTTOLENGO, JOSEPH – Italian scholar of the sixteenth century; died about 1570. He was a German by birth, but went from Ettlingen to Cremona. There he conducted a school ("Hebr. Bibl." v. 125, note), and became involved in a feud with Joshua dei...
OTTOLENGO, SAMUEL DAVID BEN JEHIEL – Italian rabbi of the cabalistic school; flourished in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; born at Casale-Monferrato; died 25th of Ab, 1718. He was chief rabbi of Padua and Venice, and was the author of the following works:...
PAGGI, ANGELO – Italian Hebraist; born at Sienna May 4, 1789; died at Florence June 7, 1867. He received his Hebrew training under Leon Vita Monseles, and also studied Italian and Latin literature. For a short time he was engaged in...
PARENZO, CESARE – Italian senator and deputy; born at Rovigo 1839; died at Nervi, near Genoa, April 15, 1898. He studied law, but after receiving his degree he volunteered under Garibaldi in 1860, and took part in the Sicilian expedition,...
PARMA – Italian city, formerly capital of the duchy of the same name; the seat of an ancient Jewish community. When the plague devastated Italy in 1348 many of the Jews of Parma fell victims to the fury of the populace, which regarded...
PASSIGLI, UGO – Italian physician; born at Sienna Dec. 14, 1867; studied medicine at the Reale Istituto di Studi Superiori, Florence, and is now (1904) attached to the health department of thatcity. He has written many articles for the...
PAVIA – Italian city, situated on the River Ticino; the chief city of the province of Pavia. The first indication of the presence of Jews in this city belongs to the eighth century, when occurred the religious disputation between Julius...
PAVIA, ANGELO – Italian deputy and lawyer; born at Venice Feb. 24, 1858. He is (1904) district attorney for the province of Como. In Jan., 1894, on the death of Genala, deputy for Soresina in the province of Cremona, Pavia was chosen as his...
PAVIA, JULIUS (LULLUS) DA – Italian scholar of the eighth century; one of the first European Jews known by name. According to Alcuin, he sustained in Pavia about 760 a religious controversy with the grammarian Maestro Pietro da Pisa. In a letter to...
PAVIA-GENTILOMO-FORTIS, EUGENIA – Italian poetess; born at Milan Jan. 4, 1822; died at Asolo, near Treviso, Dec. 30, 1893. She was a pupil of Luigi Carrer, and her house in Venice was for many years the rendezvous of patriots and litterateurs. She was twice...
PERREAU, PIETRO – Christian librarian and Oriental scholar; born at Piacenza Oct. 27, 1827; studied in the Alberoni College of his native town from 1844 to 1849. In 1860 he was placed at the head of the Oriental collection in the National Library...
PIPERNO, SETTIMIO – Italian economist: born at Rome 1834. He is (1905) professor of statistics and political economy in the Technical Institute of Rome, director of the Cesi Technical School, and a member of the board of administration of the...
PISA, DA – Italian family, deriving its name from the city of Pisa. It can be traced back to the fifteenth century.Abraham ben Isaac da Pisa: Talmudist; son of Isaac ben Jehiel; lived in Bologna, where he died in 1554. He was often...
RAVENNA – Italian city, capital of the province of Ravenna. A Jewish community existed in Ravenna from very early times; during an attack by the populace in 519 its synagogues were burned. The Jews appealed to King Theodoric at Verona,...
RECANATI – Town in Italy, on the Musone, and in the province of Macerata; formerly included in the Pontifical States. Jews are known to have lived in Recanati as early as the thirteenth century, when R. Menahem Recanati flourished in that...
RECANATI – Italian family deriving its name from the city of Recanati in the former Papal States. Subjoined is the family tree: The more important members are the following:Amadeo (Jedidiah) ben Moses Recanati: Lived in the sixteenth...
REGGIO – 1. Italian city on the Strait of Messina; capital of the province of Reggio di Calabria. The presence of Jews in Calabria as early as 398 is attested by an edict of Emperor Honorius; but there is little further information about...
REGGIO – 1. Italian city on the Strait of Messina; capital of the province of Reggio di Calabria. The presence of Jews in Calabria as early as 398 is attested by an edict of Emperor Honorius; but there is little further information about...
REGGIO, ISSACHAR EZEKIEL – Italian rabbi and grammarian; born at Ferrara in 1774; died in 1837, on the 1st of Elul. He was a pupil of Graziadio Neppi and Joseph David Basaano, the latter of whom made him assistant in the Talmud Torah in Ferrara. When...
REGGIO, LEONE – Italian rabbi; born at Ferrara in 1808; died there Sept. 23, 1870; son of Zaccaria Reggio, chief rabbi of Ferrara. At the age of twenty he became a teacher in the Talmud Torah there, and at the death of his father succeeded to...
REVERE, GIUSEPPE – Italian dramatist and humorist; born at Triest in 1812; died Nov. 22, 1889. He was destined by his parents for a commercial career, but soon abandoned it to pursue literary and philosophical studies at Milan. He studied German,...
RICHETTI, JOSEPH SHALIṬ BEN ELIEZER – Rabbi of the second half of the seventeenth century; born in Safed, whence he removed to Italy. He was the author of "Sefer Ḥokmat ha-Mishkan," or "Iggeret Meleket ha-Mishkan," on the purposes of the Tabernacle (published with...
RIETI – Italian family, deriving its name from the city of Rieti in the Pontifical States. Members of it are found at Rieti as early as the end of the fourteenth century; then in Rome, Sienna, Bologna, Mantua, and many other Italian...
ROSSI, MOSES BEN JEKUTHIEL DE – Roman rabbi of the fourteenth century. Between 1373 and 1390 he wrote a compendium of Jewish rites, entitled "Sefer ha-Tadir," which he intended to serve as a manual both for daily use and for the synagogue. This work lacks...
SINIGAGLIA – Italian family from Sinigaglia; later settled in Scandiano, where Solomon Jedidiah Sinigaglia ("Bet Talmud," iii. 205) was rabbi and "mohel" in 1639. Later he went to Modena. The principal members of the family and their...