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Dr. Alessandro Grazi

Affiliated scholar


Time at IEG: 2018 – 2023

Research projects:

"Minhag Italia": Negotiating Jewish modernity in the nineteenth century through the prism of Italian prayer books

The aim of this project is to carry out a digital and conceptual analysis of nineteenth-century Italian Jewish prayer books (Siddurim and Maḥzorim), in order to challenge the traditional narrative about some fundamental categories of Jewish modernity: the divide between Orthodoxy and Reform and the importance in modern Judaism of the differentiation among three of the most prominent Jewish groups in Europe: Sephardim, Ashkenazim, and Italkim.