Regolamento per L'Instituto Convitto Rabbinico (Regulations of the Rabbinical Institute), Padua, 1858. The rabbinical seminary established in Padua in 1829 by I. S. Reggio was the first modern institution for training rabbis. That this took place in Italy, one of the smaller European Jewish communities, attests to the high degree of integration into modernity of the Italian Jewish community. What gives the Library's copy particular value is its inclusion of a large folio insertion (nine pages in size) of the "Internal Regulations" for students and faculty, among them:
The duties of the professors, Lelio Della Torre and Samuel David Luzzato, are minutely spelled out. Six hours of teaching each day of the week, and if a lesson is missed, it must be made up. The prefect may enter a student's room at any time and must "keep vigil" over the behavior of the students in the dormitory, in the classroom, and at services. He is to keep a record of student conduct noting punishments and censures but, in a nod to the traditional concept of t'shuva (repentance), if conduct improves, the notations of censure will be erased from the record.
Sources: Abraham J. Karp, From the Ends of the Earth: Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress, (DC: Library of Congress, 1991).