On This Day In Messianic Jewish History

20 February 2010 Anna Foa reviews “The Nazarene” by Israel Zolli, Rome’s Chief Rabbi who became a Catholic in 1945

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In his autobiography, Before the Dawn: Autobiographical Reflections by Eugenio Zolli, Former Chief Rabbi of Rome, Zolli said that while presiding over the religious service in the synagogue on the holy day of Yom Kippur in 1944, he experienced a vision of Jesus.

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On February 13, 1945, Zolli, his second wife, and daughter converted to Catholicism (his first wife having died years earlier). He was baptized at the Gregorian University by Mgr. Luigi Traglia in the presence of Father Paolo Dezza; his godfather was Augustin Bea. Zolli was christened “Eugenio Maria Zolli” in homage to Pope Pius XII who was born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli.

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By Alan Brill: A review just appeared in Italian, and is online in translation, by the Jewish Historian Anna Foa of “Il Nazareno” by…

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