The End of an Era for Italy's Jews: Why Young Italian Rabbis Are Bowing to Israeli Orthodoxy

Young rabbis educated abroad, with a stricter and less worldly approach, are replacing the old guard epitomized by Rome's powerful Rabbi Toaff, who passed away last week.

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MILAN – When Daniela Dawan’s first nephew was born, in late 2000, the family travelled from Milan to Rome to have Italy’s most prestigious rabbi, Elio Toaff, perform a giyur katan – newborn conversion – on...