January 1st, 2012

Irony & Artificiality

On a magazine assignment in Rome in the 70s, my very first stop was at a Jewish Temple--Tempio Maggiore di Roma--on the banks of the Tiber, which was constructed shortly after the unification of Italy in 1870, when the Kingdom of Italy captured Rome and the Papal States ceased to exist. Having grown up in a Roman Catholic environment, I found being required to wear a yarmulke enormously ironic.

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