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Fabrizio Lelli is Associate Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature at the University of  Salento (Lecce, Italy). His research focuses mainly on the philosophical and mystical literature of late Medieval and Early Modern Italian Jewish authors and on the intellectual relations between Jewish and Christian scholars in the Italian Renaissance.

"The close connection of cultural heritage and the shaping of one's personal identity has always represented the major focus of my intellectual concerns: in other words, we are the fruit of what nourishes us spiritually and rationally, the achievement of the learning acquired at home and at school, the result of an ongoing purposeful or fortuitous exchange with other individuals or social groups."


Thursday, 18 September 2014, 10.40, St. Peterburg

Lecture in St. Peterburg, Russian Federation 

"Jewish Culture and Literature in Medieval Italy"

I have been invited by the Head of the Department of Semitic and Hebrew Studies at Saint-Petersburg State University, Prof. Shimon Iakerson, to lecture in the context of his course on "Hebrew Literature in the Middle Ages and the Modern Era".


In September 2014 I published the following text

Giovanni Pico e la Cabbala'

May 2014, Los Angeles

Fabrizio Lelli (University of Lecce) will be presenting a series of workshops for the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies (Los Angeles, USA) based on his current research.

This seminar will be a part of our Viterbi Seminar in Mediterranean Jewish Studies series.

Scholarly Families of Sephardi Origin in Early Renaissance Italy  Three Seminars
1) (May 13) The Influence of Humanist Culture on Sephardi Scholars Active in Medieval Italy (late 14th - mid-15th centuries).
2) (May 20) The Halfan Family and Their Cultural Legacy (15th-16th centuries).
3) (May 21) Reshaping 16th Century Sephardi Identities after the Iberian and Southern Italian Expulsions (late 15th-16th 


2013-14, Philadelphia

Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

University of Pennsylvania



Ella Darivoff Fellowship

"Changing Borders of Intellectual Freedom Among 16th-Century Venetian Jewish Scholars"


Monday, March 31 | 6:00 PM, New York



Italian Cultural Institute, 686 Park Avenue
Program in memory of Cesare Colafemmina
Mauro Perani (University of Bologna,?Italian Association for Jewish?Studies)

Fabrizio Lelli (University of Salento, University of Pennsylvania)

Dedicated to Prof. Cesare Colafemmina’s lifetime work, this program explores the richness of Apulian and Southern Italian Jewish history, current research and communal experience

Wednesday, March 5 | 7:00 PM, Philadelphia

The Study of Science and Kabbalah in the Venetian Ghetto during the Renaissance

Congregation Rodeph Shalom
615 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Monday February 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm, Philadelphia


Travels in Science: Jewish Scholars in 15th Century Italy and Europe

Cherpack Seminar Room # 543 (fifth floor)
Williams Hall - University of Pennsylvania
255 South 36th Street (at Spruce St.)
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Light refreshments will follow

On the occasion of the Holocaust Remembrance Day

 the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia presents

Witnesses of Rebirth

Jewish Refugees in Apulia

Introductory remarks by Andrea Canepari Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia and by Rabbi Albert Gabbai Congregation Mikveh Israel

With Fabrizio Lelli  Associate Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature at the University of Salento (Lecce, Italy)

A conversation with Al Finci Former DP Camp Refugee in Santa Maria al Bagno, Italy

The movie Salento, a Bridge to Israel  (directed by Mandy Feingers, Jerusalem 2007) will be screened

At the end of WWII, Jewish refugees were temporarily hosted in transit camps in Apulia, which had been established under the aegis of the United Nations and the Allied Forces, with the support of International Jewish organizations. Professor Lelli's talk will illustrate the post-Holocaust reconstruction through the personal testimonies of those refugees who experienced the transit camps in Bari, Barletta, Santa Maria al Bagno, and other villages in Apulia (Italy). Professor Lelli and the audience will also interact in a video conference interview with Al Finci, who will let us know about the daily life of the refugees in the camps, their feelings and hopes, and their life experience before migrating to the United States. This event will allow us to have an idea of the post-Holocaust reconstruction and to reflect upon an important page of contemporary history.


Monday, January 27, at 6:00 pm

Congregation Mikveh Israel

44 N 4th St

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Light refreshments will follow


An article from the Jewish exponent

 January 15, 2014, 12:00

Fabrizio Lelli/University of Salento, Lecce, Italy,

"Geographical and Intellectual Shifts in the Early Sixteenth Century:

 The Migration of Sephardic Jews from Southern Italy to the Veneto"

Ruth Meltzer Seminar Series

For fellows, Penn faculty, and invited guests only


January 16, 2014, 16:30

"Platonism and Jewish Humanists of the Florentine Republic:

 Leone Ebreo"

Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania




Fabrizio Lelli

Università del Salento

Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, Lingue e Beni Culturali

Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici

Palazzo Parlangeli

73100 Lecce

+39 0832 29 4639

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Witnesses of Rebirth




4 & 5 November 2013


Eternity, Epoch, and Soul: Jewish Mystical Notions of Time

Fondren Library, Kyle Morrow Room

Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA


The notion of Time as History in Kabbalistic Treatises from Renaissance Italy


Just released:

Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics

G. Khan ed., Leiden, Brill 2013 (3 volumes)

The Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics offers a systematic and comprehensive treatment of all aspects of the history and study of the Hebrew language from its earliest attested form to the present day. With over 950 entries and approximately 400 contributing scholars, the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics is the authoritative reference work for students and researchers in the fields of Hebrew linguistics, general linguistics, Biblical studies, Hebrew and Jewish literature, and related fields.

Also available on line


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