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  Dulberg Case: Toaff Asks to be Heard and Proposes that the Case be Transferred to Israel - November 22, 1999 - OUPR - ...
The Chief Rabbi of the Rome Jewish Community, Elio Toaff, has examined all aspects of jurisdiction in the "Dulberg Case," the case of the two Israeli children who were recently placed by the Genoa Court in their father's rather than in their mother's custody (although the children are Israeli).
A decisive element in the ruling issued, which gave the father custody of the children, was the decision of the court to consider the mother of the two children as a member of a sect merely because she is a religiously observant Jew.
On principle, Rabbi Toaff maintains that since this is a case of four Israeli citizens, and since the former spouses celebrated their marriage in pursuance of Jewish religious law, and such a marriage is recognized civilly only in Israel, it would be desirable for the case to be heard in Israel.
www.ou.org /oupr/1999/italy99.htm   (473 words)

 Rabbi's call for house arrest for ex-Nazi stirs critics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
In an interview with RAI state TV Tuesday, Rabbi Elio Toaff said the 82-year-old Erich Priebke, who was extradited last year from Argentina for his role in the massacre of 335 Italian civilians in World War II, is too old to stay in jail.
However, Toaff insisted that he saw nothing wrong with keeping an elderly defendant, incommunicado, under house arrest.
Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center, said in a telephone call from the center's base in Los Angeles that he was "shocked" by Toaff's call for house arrest.
www.chron.com /content/chronicle/world/96/04/18/nazi.html   (398 words)

 The Forward Newspaper Online: Roman Rabbi Mentioned in Pope's Will   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Elio Toaff, the former chief rabbi of Rome referred to in the will, said his inclusion should be taken as a signal to future popes to continue John Paul's historic efforts to improve Jewish-Catholic relations.
In addition to listing Toaff, John Paul also made reference in his will to the church reforms adopted by the Second Vatican Council in 1965, describing them as "great gifts" and calling on them to be continued, according to media reports.
Toaff told Italian newspapers that he was surprised to have been mentioned in the will.
www.forward.com /main/printer-friendly.php?id=2989   (809 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Benedict made the comments in a note prepared for the 90th birthday of Elio Toaff, the former chief rabbi of Rome who welcomed Pope John Paul II on a historic visit to Rome's synagogue in 1986.
Toaff said at the celebrations that he hoped ties between Roman Catholics and Jews would continue under the new pope, calling John Paul's 1986 visit one of the "signals that have carried on reinforcing themselves, and that I hope will continue with his successor Benedict XVI."
Toaff was one of only two living people mentioned in John Paul's will, along with the late pope's private secretary.
www.catholic.org /printer_friendly.php?id=14394§ion=Cathcom   (411 words)

Rabbi Elio Toaff, who attended the introduction of the book in Rome, explained that he came to the press conference out of deference to an old friend, a Catholic priest who had saved his family from the Nazis during World War II.
Rabbi Elio Toaff, the retired chief rabbi of Rome, also spoke at the presentation, although he did not mention Pope Pius.
The presentation was held at a Rome hospital operated by the Congregation of the Sons of the Immaculate Conception.
www.dailycatholic.org /issue/2001Feb/feb17nr1.htm   (827 words)

 Canadian Jewish News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
ROME - Elio Toaff's surprise announcement to step down as chief rabbi of Rome after half a century as spiritual leader of the oldest Jewish community in Europe has shocked many local residents.
Toaff's announcement stunned the congregation, particularly at a time of world crisis.
A short, spry man with a distinctive goatee, Toaff -- who fought the Nazis as a partisan during World War II - has become a national figure since he took up the Rome post in 1951.
www.cjnews.com /pastissues/01/oct18-01/international/int1.htm   (282 words)

Toaff's birthday was on April 30 but it was officially marked today and will include a conference 'Zionism and Religion' held at Villa Piccolomini in his honor.
Gasbarra recalled the strength of Toaff's teachings, even after the terrorist attack on the Rome synagogue, and to the applause of those present added his support to the movement to have the rabbi made a Italian life senator.
Toaff was chief rabbi in 1986 when the pope made his groundbreaking visit to Rome's Synagogue and became the first pope to set foot inside a synagogue.
www.ansa.it /main/notizie/rubriche/approfondimenti/20050508150133422849.html   (608 words)

 Great Synagogue of Rome - Biocrawler   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
This event marked the first known visit by a pope to a synagogue since the early history of the Catholic Church.
He prayed with Rabbi Elio Toaff, the former Chief Rabbi of Rome.
This was seen by many as an attempt to improve relations between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people, and as a softening of the Church's historically critical view of Judaism.
www.biocrawler.com /encyclopedia/Synagogue_of_Rome   (517 words)

 Sicilian Culture: News: Head Rabbi of Rome To Retire After 50 Years   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Elio Toaff, head Rabbi of the Jewish community in Rome, has announced his retirement after 50 years as its leader.
Toaff who has been a constant point of reference for Roman Jews and non-Jews alike.
Rabbi Toaff is known for having welcomed Pope John Paul II to a synagogue in Rome on April 13, 1986.
www.sicilianculture.com /news/rabbiretires.htm   (257 words)

 Catholic World News : John Paul II opened new era, rabbi says   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Rome, May. 11, 2005 (CWNews.com) - The former chief rabbi of Rome, Elio Toaff, believes that Pope John Paul II (bio - news) ushered in a new era in Jewish-Christian relations.
Rabbi Toaff, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday on May 8, said that he had received a birthday greeting from Pope Benedict, for which he was grateful.
But Rabbi Toaff spoke with Vatican Radio primarily about his memories of John Paul II, with whom he had developed a strong friendship.
www.cwnews.com /news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=37062   (244 words)

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birthday of the Chief Rabbi emeritus of Rome, Elio Toaff.
On this occasion, Pope Benedict XVI addressed his wishes to Rabbi Toaff in a letter handed to him by Cardinal Walter Kasper.
Rabbi Toaff had welcomed John Paul II to the synagogue of Rome on April 13, 1986, the first visit by a pope to a Jewish temple, a visit to which Benedict XVI referred in his letter “with joy.”
www.dici.org /actualite_read.php?id=569&loc=US   (248 words)

 CBSNews.com: Print This Story
And in recalling various Christian and non-Christians for thanks, he singled out "the rabbi of Rome" — a reference to the former chief rabbi of Rome, Elio Toaff, who hosted John Paul during the pontiff's historic visit to Rome's central synagogue in 1986.
Toaff paid his respects at John Paul's body on Monday, raising his arm in a gesture of tribute.
A Toaff spokesman said Thursday the 89-year-old rabbi is "pleasantly surprised" and "honored" by the mention.
uttm.com /stories/2005/04/07/world/printable686250.shtml   (662 words)

 Canadian Jewish News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
ROME - A Jewish scholar who is also a medical doctor has been elected the new chief rabbi of Rome.
Riccardo Di Segni, 52, elected to the post last month, will succeed 86-year-old Elio Toaff.
Toaff retired after 50 years in Italy's most prominent Jewish religious post.
www.cjnews.com /pastissues/01/dec6-01/international/int2.htm   (266 words)

 RABBIS WITHDRAW FROM VATICAN INTERFAITH MEETING   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The symposium, planned for next week, was a Holy Year event and was to include speeches by three cardinals and two Italian rabbis: Elio Toaff, chief rabbi of Rome, and Abramo Piattelli.
Rabbi Piattelli said: "Rabbi Toaff and I wrote a letter to the organisers telling them that in the climate created after the views expressed by Cardinal (Joseph) Ratzinger we could no longer take part in such an event."
Rabbi Toaff had struck up a warm relationship with John Paul after welcoming him to Rome's main synagogue in 1986 - a first ever visit by a Pope to a Jewish house of worship.
www.cathnews.com /news/009/99.html   (129 words)

 CNS STORY: Rome's former chief rabbi prays before pope's body
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Rabbi Elio Toaff, who welcomed Pope John Paul II when he made the first visit in history by a pontiff to a Jewish temple, came to pay his last respects to the pope in the Apostolic Palace.
Rabbi Toaff was Rome's chief rabbi in 1986 when Pope John Paul made an unprecedented visit to the city's synagogue -- the first such visit in history by a pope to a Jewish temple.
Images of the pope and Rabbi Toaff side by side have remained ingrained in the memories of many people.
www.catholicnews.com /data/stories/cns/0501996.htm   (292 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The birthday message to Rabbi Elio Toaff, 90, was read on Sunday by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, at a celebration for the rabbi in Rome.
Among those attending the rabbi's party were Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar for the Diocese of Rome; Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, retired president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; and Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was John Paul II's personal secretary.
Rabbi Toaff is one of the few people John Paul II expressly mentioned in his will.
www.catholic.org /printer_friendly.php?id=14418§ion=Cathcom   (235 words)

 Inside the Vatican - May '96 - Page 23
Rabbi Elio Toaff and Rome Anti-Defamation League representative Dr. Joseph Lichten attend as delegates for world Judaism.
Rome's main Synagogue is situated in the heart of the old Jewish ghetto where, following a series of papal edicts, for centuries Jews were forced to live in overcrowded housing, behind locked gates, barred from many trades and professions.
The image of John Paul II embracing Rome's Chief Rabbi, Professor Elio Toaff, and his words to the Jewish Community: "You are our dearly beloved elder brothers...," were seen and heard throughout the world, setting a paradigm and melting age-old barriers of ignorance, diffidence and prejudice.
www.catholic.net /rcc/Periodicals/Inside/may96/page23.html   (787 words)

 j. - Trial of SS officer in Italy awakens painful memories
Rome's chief rabbi, Elio Toaff, suggested to a television interviewer that if convicted, Priebke should serve out his sentence under house arrest, rather than in jail.
Toaff's words sparked an unprecedented protest among members of Rome's 15,000-strong Jewish community.
About 30 Jews demonstrated outside Toaff's apartment, bearing placards reading "Toaff Doesn't Represent Me," "Toaff is Not the Jews of Rome" and "Priebke is a Butcher; He Doesn't Deserve Pardon."
www.jewishsf.com /content/2-0-/module/displaystory/story_id/3560/format/html/displaystory.html   (854 words)

 O'Malley delivers - The Boston Globe
After all, it has been more than 40 years since the Catholic Church adopted ''Nostra Aetate" (''In Our Time"), its landmark declaration condemning anti-Semitism and repudiating the centuries-old teaching that Jews were eternally cursed for the death of Jesus.
It has been 20 years since Pope John Paul II embraced Rabbi Elio Toaff in the Great Synagogue of Rome and extolled Jews as the ''elder brothers" of Christians.
Over the last few decades, Catholic-Jewish dialogue and reconciliation have become such prominent features on the religious landscape that anyone who came of age in the 1970s or later could be forgiven for assuming that Catholic anti-Semitism had always been limited to the crackpots on the fringe.
www.boston.com /news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2006/05/14/omalley_delivers   (662 words)

 ‘Pope’s will points to future ties with Jews’ - Deccan Herald - Internet Edition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Pope John Paul’s decision to mention a Jew in his will was a sign to his successor to continue and improve his record of opening to Judaism, Rome’s former Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff has said.
Toaff, who welcomed the Pope on his ground-breaking visit to the city’s synagogue in 1986, said in interviews with Italian newspapers published on Friday that he was surprised to be named along with two Roman Catholic prelates.
Toaff, who attended the Pope’s funeral on Friday, said he hoped the next pope would uphold John Paul II’s legacy and “do even better...
www.deccanherald.com /deccanherald/apr92005/foreign165919200548.asp   (446 words)

 Diocese of Springfield in Illinois   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The pope made his comment in a greeting sent to Rabbi Elio Toaff, who was celebrating his 90th birthday in Rome.
Rabbi Toaff welcomed Pope John Paul II to the Rome synagogue when the late pope made his historic visit there in 1986.
After Pope John Paul died in April, Rabbi Toaff was one of the first to pay his respects.
www.dio.org /catholictimes/archive.php?file=archive/2005/05_15_2005/cnsnaw1   (230 words)

 Las Vegas Tribune   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
ROME -- On April 13, 1986, the stately Great Synagogue here opened its rarely used front gates to honor the arrival of Pope John Paul II, whose visit -- the first ever by a pope to a temple -- was celebrated by Jews worldwide.
On that day, the pope, in white regalia, strode up a red carpet rolled out for the occasion and met the city's chief rabbi, Elio Toaff, before entering the temple called Tempio Maggiore.
It was a sign of friendship," said Toaff, one of only two living people mentioned in the pope's will.
www.lasvegastribune.com /20050422/morenews1.html   (933 words)

 War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Benedict also thanked Toaff for his work toward forging good relations between Jews and Catholics, and said he remembered "with joy" Toaff's reception of John Paul at Rome's synagogue in 1986.
"I have always believed that I was an intermediary between the various religions because whoever believes in God has a relationship with all those who think in the same way," Toaff was quoted as saying.
Jews widely admired John Paul II for his unstinting efforts to promote Jewish-Catholic reconciliation, including his ground-breaking visit to Rome's main synagogue in 1986 and his 2000 visit to Israel.
www.christusrex.org /www1/news/haaretz-5-11-05a.html   (257 words)

 USATODAY.com - Details from pope's last testament released   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
To deal with the crush of pilgrims at the funeral and security for the many dignitaries, Marcello Fulvi, another top security official, said 8,000 security troops had been deployed, including 2,000 uniformed and 1,400 plainclothes officers.
In his will, John Paul singled out three people by name or title: his personal secretary, Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz; Polish Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, who was imprisoned for resisting communism; and retired rabbi Elio Toaff of Rome, who hosted John Paul during the pontiff's historic visit to the city's central synagogue in 1986.
When Toaff paid his respects to the pope on Monday, he raised his arm in a sign of tribute.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2005-04-07-pope_x.htm?POE=NEWISVA   (712 words)

 Boston.com / News / Special reports / Obituaries / Pope John Paul II
Boston.com / News / Special reports / Obituaries / Pope John Paul II March: Issues letter to the world's youth on the occasion of the United Nations' International Youth Year.
April: Makes unprecedented visit to Rome's main Jewish synagogue, the oldest in the Diaspora; prays with Rabbi Elio Toaff and Giacomo Saban, president of Rome's Jewish Community.
October: Calls for and attends the first World Day of Prayer for Peace, held in Assisi with representatives of 60 other religious bodies throughout the world.
www.boston.com /news/packages/obituaries/pope/timeline/4.htm   (307 words)

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