Cassuto, Umberto (Moses David)

   Italian biblical scholar. In his earlier period Cassuto became the leading authority on the history of Italian Jewry, particularly that of the community of Florence where he was born and served as chief rabbi. In 1933, he was appointed professor of Hebrew at the University of Rome and devoted himself to biblical studies. In 1939, he was unable to continue in this post because of Mussolini’s anti-Jewish laws, and accepted the chair of Hebrew at the University in Jerusalem. He also became editor of the biblical encyclopaedia in Hebrew.
   Cassuto’s last years were saddened by two family tragedies. His son was deported by the Nazis, and his daughter-in-law killed in the attack on the Hadassah convoy to Mount Scopus in 1948.

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