A "Chief Rabbi" of Rome Becomes a Catholic: A Study in Fright and Spite

A "Chief Rabbi" of Rome Becomes a Catholic: A Study in Fright and Spite

A "Chief Rabbi" of Rome Becomes a Catholic: A Study in Fright and Spite

A "Chief Rabbi" of Rome Becomes a Catholic: A Study in Fright and Spite

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On February 13, 1945, the "CHIEF RABBI" (RABBINO Capo) of Rome, Israel Zolli, to the amazement of non-Jews and the consternation of Jews throughout the world, became a convert to Catholicism. In the pulpit of Congregation Rodeph Sholom, New York City, I referred to this conversion on Saturday Morning, February 17th, and devoted a full discourse to it on Friday Evening, March 2nd. The arrival of additional information prompted me, in response to widespread popular interest, to discuss it again on Sunday Morning, March 18th. The extensive curiosity of non-Jews and Jews regarding Zolli's apostasy, together with a great number of requests for the text of my discourses, led me to prepare the material for publication. Pending the issuance of this volume, I made available a brief mimeographed statement on the subject. But the request for a detailed narrative regarding Zolli's baptism has moved me to make ready this volume for issuance in printed form.

A closer scrutiny of the factors involved in Zolli's adoption of Catholicism has made it clear that the occurrence carries many lessons for Jews and non-Jews of our times. This is particularly true because of the presence in contemporary American Jewish life of some of the very forces which contributed to the deterioration of Rome Jewry, and the shocking desertion of its "Chief Rabbi." It will be seen that, in many essential features, the so-called "Italians of the Jewish Religion" who were pro-Fascist and anti- Zionist, who played the dominant role in the dismissal of . . .

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