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Umberto Cassuto,

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

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COEN, GRAZIADIO VITA ANANIA – Italian, rabbi and scholar; born at Reggio nell' Emilia about 1750: died March 28, 1834. He studied under Sansone Naḥmani and Isaiah Vita Carmi. He established in his native city a school that produced several rabbis, among whom...
FANO – Name of an Italian family, members of which have been prominent as scholars since the sixteenth century. Among them the following may be mentioned:Abraham ben Moses da Fano: Italian scholar of the fifteenth (?) century; author...
FINZI, FELICE – Italian Assyriologist; born at Correggio, 1847; died at Florence, 1872. While studying law at the University of Bologna he devoted himself to languages, and especially to the Assyrian language and literature, on which he...
FINZI, GIUSEPPE – Italian scholar and poet; born at Busseto Nov. 12, 1852. He has filled the chair of Italian literature in various gymnasia andacademies, at Modena, Turin, and other cities of Italy, and has written a number of works dealing...
FINZI, MOSES – Italian lawyer; born at Florence in 1830. He studied law at Pisa, and was admitted to the bar in 1856. For some years he was an associate of Mari. In 1900 the rabbinical title of "maskil" was conferred upon him. He is professor...
FIORENTINO, SOLOMON – Italian poet; born at Monte San Savino, Tuscany, March 4, 1743; died at Florence Feb. 4, 1815. He studied at Sienna, where he commenced to write. The reaction of 1799 brought him to prison, and when released he lived in penury...
FORTIS, LEONE – Italian critic, journalist, and dramatist; born at Triest Oct. 5, 1828; died at Milan 1895. He was baptized while a child, andeducated at Padua. In his early youth he wrote poems and a story entitled "Luigia." In 1848 he was...
ḤAZAḲ, JACOB RAPHAEL HEZEKIAH – Italian rabbi of the eighteenth century; born 1689; died at Padua 1782 (Ab 16). He was a pupil of Mordecai Basan of Verona, whence he went to Padua, where he studied with Moses Ḥayyim Luzzatto. He succeeded Menahem Modena as...
JESI, SAMUEL – Italian engraver; born at Milan 1789; died at Florence Jan. 17, 1853. He was a pupil of G. Longhi at the Academy of Milan. His first work (1821) was "The Abandonment of Hagar," engraved after a painting by Guercino in the...
LECCE – Town of southern Italy, capital of the province of the same name (formerly Terra d'Otranto); contained one of the most prominent Jewish settlements in the Neapolitan kingdom before their expulsion. There are traces of the...
LEVI, CARLO – Italian physiologist; born at Genoa March 26, 1866; educated at the University of Modena (M.D. 1889). In 1888 he was appointed tutor, and later assistant professor, of experimental physiology at the University of Modena; in 1893...
LEVI, LEONE – Italian author and journalist; born at Nizza-Monferrato in 1823; died at Turin Nov. 8, 1876; educated at the Collegio Foà at Vercelli. Although a man of affairs and a lawyer, hestill found time to devote himself to literature,...
LEVI-CATELLANI, ENRICO – Italian lawyer; born at Padua June 12, 1856; educated at the university there. In 1885 he was appointed assistant professor, and in 1890 professor, of international law at the same university. Levi-Catellani is a corresponding...
LEVI-CIVITA, TULLIO – Italian physicist; born at Padua March 29, 1873; educated at the university there (Ph. D). He was successively appointed assistant professor (1898) and professor (1902) of applied mechanics, and professor of higher mechanics. He...
LEVI-PEROTTI, GIUSTINA – A poetess, supposed to be of Sassoferrato, and assumed, until recently, to have addressed to Petrarch a sonnet beginning "Io Vorrei pur Drizzar Queste Mie Piume." This poem, to which Petrarch is said to have replied with his...
LUZZATTO (LUZZATTI) – Name of a family of Italian scholars whose genealogy can be traced back to the first half of the sixteenth century. According to a tradition communicated by S. D. Luzzatto the family descends from a German who immigrated into...
NEPI (NEPPI), GRAZIADIO (HANANEEL) – Italian rabbi and physician; born in 1759 at Ferrara; died Jan. 18, 1836, at Cento. He studied at Ferrara for twelve years under Rabbi Jacob Moses and subsequently was himself the teacher of many disciples in his native city. On...
OLMO, JACOB DANIEL BEN ABRAHAM – Italian rabbi and poet; born at Ferrara about 1690; died there the first day of Pentecost, 1757. He studied Talmud under his father and, later, under Isaac Lampronti, and received the rabbinical diploma in 1715. He became one of...
OSIMO, MARCO – Italian physician; born at Montagnana in 1818; died at Padua May 1, 1881. He received his degree in medicine at the university of the latter city in 1851. In 1854, becoming interested in the diseases of silkworms, he began the...
OTTOLENGHI, ABRAHAM AZARIAH (BONAJUT) – Italian rabbi; born at Acqui 1776; died in 1851; brother of Israel Emanuel Ottolenghi. On the occasion of the entrance of the French army in 1796, after the battle of Montanotte near the walls of Acqui, he made an address on the...
OTTOLENGHI, DONATO – Italian author; born at Acqui Nov. 7, 1820; died Oct. 5, 1883, at Alessandria, Piedmont, where he had resided since 1848. He was an ardent patriot, and maintained a correspondence with D'Azeglio, Bianchi-Giovini, Balbo, and...
OTTOLENGHI, EMILIO (Count of Vallepiana) – Italian philanthropist; born at Acqui Nov. 5, 1830; since 1848 he has been a resident of Alessandria, Piedmont. In 1882 he was elected to the common council and was re-elected for several years. He was likewise a member of the...
OTTOLENGHI, GIUSEPPE – Italian general; born at Sabbionetta, Lombardy, Dec. 26, 1838; died at Turin Nov. 2, 1904. He began the study of law at Turin, and then entered the military academy of that city. He enlisted as a volunteer in the campaign of...
OTTOLENGHI, LAZZARO – Italian rabbi; born at Acqui 1820; died in Rome 1890. He occupied successively the rabbinates of Turin, Moncalvo, and (1858) Acqui. The last years of his life were spent in Rome. Ottolenghi was a preacher of some note, and wrote...
OTTOLENGHI, LEONETTO – Italian philanthropist; born at Asti Nov. 3, 1829; died at Pisa Feb. 20, 1904. In 1889 he rebuilt the Jewish synagogue at Asti, and two years later organized the exposition held there, of which he was president. In 1898 he...